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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!
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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?
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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!
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For the benefit of UK members, Rube Goldberg in 1930 recreated what Heath Robinson did in 1912.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg_machine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heath_Robinson
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Ooft, how did I leave that out!? I love Heath Robinson!
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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...
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I'll give it a go, when are you going to post the challenge?
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How does the first of February sound for everyone?
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you people got a lot of time, don't you?

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Where is the challenge?
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How does the first of February sound for everyone?

I'm ready fo' sho! 8-)
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I'm on it! Just got a seeeduino.
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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 smiley-wink
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not-so-subtle bump
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