Where does the time go? I tell you, sitting here in my office is like that scene from the H.G. Wells Time Machine (the 1960's Version starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux). You know the scene I'm talking about... it's the one where our hero is sitting in his time traveling device and the world is rushing by in front of his eyes (day turns into night, which turns into day... people appear and disappear ... buildings rise and fall). Honestly, it feels just like that sitting here...
For example, do you remember last year when we announced a Design Competition sponsored by Altium? The idea was for visitors to Programmable Logic DesignLine to submit ideas for interesting projects that they could realize using Altium's Innovation Station.
I was to choose the three most interesting projects. The proposers of these projects were each to receive an Innovation Station with which they would create their masterpieces. The ultimate winner was to keep his or her Innovation Station along with a lifetime perpetual license.
Sometime later, after wading through piles of project proposals, we announced the three projects that were to go through to the next stage. As you may recall, these projects were Jim Ford's Music Synthesizer, Jim Brakefield's CAN bus-like Interface, and Doug Gibbs' Futuristic In-Car Stereo MP3 Player (see article #212400157 for more details).
Sad to relate, Jim Ford had to drop out half way through the competition due to family commitments, which left Jim Brakefield and Doug Gibbs fighting it out alone.
Well, although all this seems like only a week or so ago, it's actually all over and the results are in. This week you can read articles by Jim and Doug describing their projects and their design experiences. Of course we had to have a runner up and, sad to relate, this was Doug (see Doug's Article), who now has to return his Innovation Station to Altium... sorry Doug.
Thus, the grand prize winner is Jim Brakefield with his CAN bus-like Interface (see Jim's Article). As you will discover, this was a non-trivial project, so my heartiest congratulations go to Jim.
Thanks to all who participated... this was a lot of fun... I wonder what we'll do next...?
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=175, R=190|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=525.00, A=507.15, Δ=–17.15, R=492.85|
|Note:|| Eeek! I took a break and fell behind...|
Questions? Comments? Feel free to email me – Clive "Max" Maxfield – at firstname.lastname@example.org).