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combatdave

I've been talking about this in the Arduino irc room for a few days and thinking about various aspects of it, and I've finally put together a page about what I've named "The Unduino Challenge".

It's a not-so-serious Arduino based challenge aimed at everyone from total beginners to half-cyborgs, in which a simple objective is set - but the obvious solutions are not the most desired.

You can read more information here.

Feel free to leave questions and comments either in here, or as a comment on that page (anonymous commenting should be enabled).

Hopefully there will be enough interest to give this a good go!

AlphaBeta

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Jan 23, 2009, 02:07 am Last Edit: Jan 23, 2009, 02:09 am by AlphaBeta Reason: 1
Love the idea!

Although it might seem counter-productive to design these machines I think they are great for beginners to better understand what and why some things / methods are bad practices.


Any spesific ideas on tasks?

combatdave

I dont know about counter-productive. Inefficient, almost certainly - but not counter-productive! Think of all the stuff you will learn!

I've had a couple of ideas for tasks. The initial one that I came up with (which won't be used, so I will tell you as an example) is:

Turn on a light when a button is pressed.

The obvious solution is to use a pushbutton and LED straight into the Arduino. There are an infinite number of other solutions, though (turning on your porch light when a key on your piano is pressed, for example). Those are the solutions that this challenge is looking for!

Grumpy_Mike


combatdave

Ooft, how did I leave that out!? I love Heath Robinson!

westfw

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Turn on a light when a button is pressed.
For example, there was an instructable on getting a (real, hardware) button to work with a PC running MaxMSP/Puredata: The idea was that you set it up to output an audio tone on one of the earphone channels, put the button in between the audio out and audio-in, and then use an "audio meter object" with a threshold to trigger an event when the button actually connected the tone to the input.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Connect_a_Push_Button_with_Audio_Input_and_/

It was cheap, effective, and the average PC has plenty of power to do such things.  But I was quite boggled...

Grumpy_Mike

I'll give it a go, when are you going to post the challenge?

combatdave

How does the first of February sound for everyone?

Davide_Gomba



AlphaBeta

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How does the first of February sound for everyone?


I'm ready fo' sho! 8-)

italoraony


combatdave

Whoops, thought today was the first of February! Sorry about that!

The very first challenge is up at the original URL, but here it is again:

http://www.combatdave.com/?page_id=58

The first challenge is:

MAKE A DEVICE THAT CAN TELL THE TIME

Have fun ;)


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