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The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!
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The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by magician13134 on Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:07 pm

I'm sure a couple of you remember a few months back when I was asking questions about feeding wires through the hood of my car; the best way, the safest way, the easiest way, any way. You may or may not have gathered that that was for a project I was making involving an Arduino and an ultrasonic sensor. Basically, it was a rather simple project to determine the distance between your car and the car in front of you, from that, the rate of change of the distance could be calculated and the Arduino was able to determine if the driving situation was safe. If it was not safe, a small board with LEDs and a Piezo-electric buzzer would alert the driver.

I created this project for my district Science and Engineering Fair, where it was given a superior rating (about 1/3 or more of all projects are) so I was allowed to continue onto the regional fair. There I was judged not only by school judges, but by sponsors from companies around the country and judges for the international science fair. Although I was not selected for the all-expense-paid-for week long international fair in Reno, I was chosen to continue to the state-level fair and I was awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships (unfortunately only applicable to Ohio schools, and I've already accepted at the University of Michigan) and $400 in cash :)

I'd just like to thank everyone here for their help, and I hope this story can motivate some people to share their inventions, you never know, you just may win $10,000!
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by westfw on Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:10 am

Congratulations! $10000 worth of scholarships is not to be sneezed at, even with restrictions on where it could be used!
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by eil on Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:35 am

Hey, nice work man!
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by mauvehead on Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:27 am

Congrats, and I can't believe no one has asked.. Specs? Project Page? More details!

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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by adityadatla on Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:19 am

HEy congrats...... hope i can do it tooo some day.... i am making a bot that follows a line and then parks it self in a garage... can u please help me out... i have the logic and everything but i relly donno how to programme an arduino board...
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by magician13134 on Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:52 am

Thanks everyone, I don't have any online page for this yet, but I'll get one up soon.
@adityadatla - Programming the Arduino is quite simple, have you gone to www.arduino.cc to get the latest software? After that, you can just plug in your Arduino, select the right USB or serial port and click the upload button in the program. Good luck with your project!
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by adafruit on Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:32 pm

wow that is incredible, you are very deserving of the award! CONGRATS!!!
(& of course, post up some photos from the fair and your project :) )

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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by jarv on Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:46 pm

congrats! looking forward to seeing the project details.
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by macegr on Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:12 pm

Ha, I wanted to try this a while back but I always assumed that the extremely fast and turbulent air mass in front of the sensor would wreak havoc with the ultrasonics. So, I'm assuming you just went ahead and did it, and it worked? Sometimes overthinking a problem is a bad idea...
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by magician13134 on Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:21 am

It did work fairly well. There were some problems, mostly related to my code and also I think to using the analog input. I have a feeling that wasn't very smart since I was running the wires (about 3 meters long) through the front of my car where there were extreme temperature fluctuations, I should have used serial, oh well. Also, I was just disqualified for the state fair, they said I needed to fill out a form because our experiment involved human test subjects. What the heck? We were no more involved than if we had been measuring the height of plants :?
Oh well, live and learn I guess.
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by macegr on Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:15 pm

What??? I think you could fight that. Maybe this is when you learn to stand up against the bureaucracy.
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Re: The $10,000 Arduino - A success story!

by westfw on Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:23 pm

It'd be worth fighting if he were actually able to use the prize. As is, it enables the 1st prize to go to someone else who COULD use it, so it's probably for the best...
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