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Hackaday's 2017 Sci-Fi Contest

Build an awesome Sci-Fi Project, win a prize

Monday, January 23, 2017 04:00 pm PST - Monday, March 6, 2017 09:00 pm PST
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Official Rules:

  • Contest entry deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017 09:00 pm PST (+8 UTC)
  • Entries must be Sci-Fi themed
  • Entries can be anything from cosplay to code on a micro, but must include some type of electronics
  • Existing projects, or projects that were entered in previous our previous Sci-Fi contest but did not win a prize are eligible for submission as entries in this Contest with the following restrictions:
    1. A new project page must be created
    2. The project must be significantly different from when previously entered and show meaningful development during the course of the Contest.
  • Projects must fill out the description, details, components, and project logs.
  • Use of time travel devices to extend contest deadline is prohibited.
  • Projects must be open source. 3D CAD files, Source code, schematics, and board layouts for the project software must be either posted in the files section, or include a link to a public repository such as Github.
  • All entries will be judged by Hackaday staff.
  • Contest is open to residents of Planet Earth only. Extraterrestrials must obtain planetary citizenship before entering.
  • Hackaday Staff, Employees of SupplyFrame, Judges or the family of any of the preceding are not eligible to take part in this contest. Everyone is still encouraged to build awesome stuff and show it off though.

Judging Criteria:

  • How novel or interesting is the entry?
  • How well is the project documented? (Can it be replicated and built upon by the average hacker?)
  • How complete is the entry? Projects don’t have to be complete or working to enter, however those which are finished and working by the deadline may be judged higher.

  • STARFISH CAT, BOWLING BALL BOT, AND STARGATE ALL CLAIM PRIZES

    Adam Fabio03/17/2017 at 00:56 0 comments

    We saw a huge outpouring of builds for the the Hackaday Sci-Fi Contest and it’s now time to reveal the winners. With 84 great themed projects submitted, the judges had a tough task to pull out the most impressive both in terms of creativity and execution.

    Here are our four winners. Two come from the Stargate universe. One is a cuddly yet horrifying character of unknown origin but unarguably Sci-Fi. The other is the best use of a bowling ball we’ve seen so far.

    GRAND PRIZE

    The grand prize goes to [Jerome Kelty] with Animatronic Stargate Helmet. [Jerome] has built a replica prop that looks like it just came out of a Hollywood shop. It’s almost a shame that this helmet won’t be worn on film – though it certainly could be. If you remember the film and the television show, these helmets have quite a bit of articulation. The head can pan and tilt. The eyes glow, as well as have irises which expand and contract. The “wings” also open and close in a particular way.

    [Jerome] built the mechanics for this helmet. He used radio control servos to move the head, with the help of some hardware from ServoCity. Most of the metalwork was built in his own shop. Everything is controlled from a standard R/C transmitter, much like the original show. [Jerome] is taking home a Rigol DS1054Z 4 Channel 50 MHz scope.

    FIRST PRIZE

    First prize goes to [Christine] with
    Starfish Cat: Your Lovecraftian Furby-like Friend. Starfish Cat is one of those odd projects that finds itself right on the edge of the uncanny valley. We are equal parts intrigued and creeped out by this… thing. The bottom is all starfish, with a rubber base poured into a 3D printed mold. The top though, is more cat-like, with soft fur and ears. 5 claws hide under the fur, ready to grab you.

    Starfish Cat detects body heat with 5 bottom mounted PIR sensors. The sensors are read by the particle photon which acts as its brain. When heat is detected, Starfish Cat activates its claws, and also blows or sucks air through its… uh… mouth hole. [Christine] is taking home a Monoprice Maker Select Mini 3D printer.

    Click past the break to see the rest of the winners

    SECOND PRIZE

    Second Prize goes to [Jochen Alt] with Paul. Paul is a balancing robot. He rides on a ball by driving 3 omnidirectional wheels. You might think he was inspired by BB-8, but [Jochen] has been working on balancing robots for years now — even longer than BB-8 has been around.

    Paul is powered by a pair of Atmel ATmega644 microcontrollers. One handles balance and motor drive. The other micro drives the speakers, LEDs, and takes commands from an XBee radio.

    Did we mention that Paul recites somewhat depressing poetry while riding on his ball? He might be related to Marvin the paranoid android. [Jochen] is rolling away with a complete Blu-Ray box of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    THIRD PRIZE

    In third place, we have [shlonkin] with Ma’Tok staff weapon from Stargate. Who knew we had so many Stargate fans among our readers?

    [Shlonkin] didn’t have access to all the composites [Jerome] used, so he carved the staff entirely out of wood. A hidden trigger allows the Ma’Tok’s wielder to arm and fire the weapon. Sequenced LEDs take the place of the electrical discharges in the real thing. The Ma’Tok is controlled by an Adafruit Pro Trinket, which also drives a servo hidden in the head. The servo allows the Ma’Tok to “fire” a small projectile. The projectile was built from a tiny flashlight. It almost looks like a bolt of electricity when fired.

    [Shlonkin] is taking home a Lego Millennium Falcon.

    So that’s another contest all wrapped up. Congratulations to all the winners! We’d like to thank everyone who entered, as well as the judges who toiled through the night to pick the best entries.

  • Judge Time!

    Adam Fabio03/09/2017 at 17:19 0 comments

    This is a quick note to say thank you to everyone who entered the Sci-Fi contest. The project database was backed up exactly on time. The entrants are now on a spreadsheet which the judges are using as they review each project.

    Look for a winners announcement next week!

  • How to submit your entry to the contest

    Adam Fabio02/08/2017 at 04:59 0 comments

    A few people have asked - so here are the full instructions on how to submit your project to the Sci-Fi Contest:

    (Thanks to @RoGeorge)

    - Login to your hackaday.io account
    - On the upper bar, press "+Add a Project" to create your new project. At this point it is not mandatory to finish documenting your whole project. You can came later and edit/add what's new.
    - After you create your project, click on your new project
    - In the left side of your project, under the project picture you will see a drop-down button named "Submit Project to...". Choose the contest name and submit your project.
    - By now, you should see your submitted project listed somewhere in this page:

    https://hackaday.io/submissions/2017-sci-fi-contest/list

  • Prizes

    Adam Fabio01/23/2017 at 17:07 2 comments

    Great work reaps great rewards. Here’s what we’ve got for this contest:

    • Grand Prize is a Rigol DS1054Z 4 Channel 50 MHz scope.
    rigol
    • First Prize is a Monoprice Maker Select Mini 3D printer

    maker-mini

    • Second Prize is a complete Blu-Ray box of Star Trek: The Next Generation

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    • Third Prize is Lego’s latest rendition of the Millennium Falcon.

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Discussions

Airborne Tech wrote 03/19/2017 at 17:35 point

Have the winners been posted yet? 

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davedarko wrote 03/19/2017 at 19:17 point

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Tech Flare wrote 03/07/2017 at 17:00 point

when are the winners posted?

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Mark Nesselhaus wrote 03/07/2017 at 07:44 point

Cardware should be on the submissions list and I see several double entries...

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davedarko wrote 03/07/2017 at 07:49 point

I think thats because the results are displayed randomly and page two doesnt know what page one showed.

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Mark Nesselhaus wrote 03/07/2017 at 07:18 point

A submission was made on 03/06/17 at 6pm PST and is not on the list after the closing time of 9 pm? A little worried.

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davedarko wrote 03/07/2017 at 07:48 point

Don't be, judges are human and database has been mirrored on end of contest. What's your doWant / mustHave?

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Mark Nesselhaus wrote 03/07/2017 at 07:49 point

Thanks, about three hours sleep and coffee is not working yet

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haydn jones wrote 02/27/2017 at 22:49 point

An e-mail yesterday said we had 6 days to enter, is this right? not the same date as this page

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Ante Medić wrote 02/14/2017 at 16:15 point

When will Hackaday staff vote on project?
After deadline or sometime after?

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davedarko wrote 02/16/2017 at 10:28 point

There will probably be a server dump at the end of the deadline, on what the judges will be working on. 

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Adam Fabio wrote 02/23/2017 at 06:22 point

Yup - we save the state at the deadline, then spend a few days judging

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aimthiazz wrote 02/14/2017 at 08:24 point

Can a team of two people submit a project?

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DL101 wrote 02/14/2017 at 21:28 point

You can create a project and invite teammates.

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davedarko wrote 02/14/2017 at 21:37 point

can you share an oscilloscope?

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MortenW wrote 02/23/2017 at 13:50 point

Is is 4 channels, can you take two each ?  :-P

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John Duchek wrote 02/10/2017 at 00:05 point

So can I have a scientific data collecting project that points the way to a solution to scientific problem?  Since the problem has not been solved, the solution would be at this point 'fiction'

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Adam Fabio wrote 02/11/2017 at 06:57 point

Sure - there is no real limit on entering. However, not having a sci-fi theme may impact your changes of winning. We have plenty more contests coming in the future though!

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jeromekelty wrote 02/09/2017 at 07:57 point

How can I delete an entry? Forgot I entered it in a previous one and there won't be any more development on it since it's already been completed. Sorry and thanks!

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Adam Fabio wrote 02/11/2017 at 06:56 point

Message me with the entry you want to remove . 

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Alexandre wrote 02/06/2017 at 15:44 point

Is it me or are this year's prizes less big than all the previous years?

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Adam Vadala-Roth wrote 02/01/2017 at 07:08 point

is a fictional game console that's a parody of a real one scifi enough?

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kaushikwavhal wrote 02/01/2017 at 06:06 point

How do i register for this contest or make a submission ? I cannot find any button other than follow/unfollow. 
I am new to this website. I am obviously missing something.

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RoGeorge wrote 02/01/2017 at 09:58 point

- Login to your hackaday.io account
- On the upper bar, press "+Add a Project" to create your new project. At this point it is not mandatory to finish documenting your whole project. You can came later and edit/add what's new.
- After you create your project, click on your new project
- In the left side of your project, under the project picture you will see a drop-down button named "Submit Project to...". Choose the contest name and submit your project.
- By now, you should see your submitted project listed somewhere in this page:
https://hackaday.io/submissions/2017-sci-fi-contest/list

Good luck!

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kaushikwavhal wrote 02/01/2017 at 10:25 point

Ohh great. Thanks a lot :)

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Adam Fabio wrote 02/08/2017 at 05:00 point

Just added that as a contest log - thanks RoGeorge!

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Airborne Tech wrote 01/31/2017 at 23:41 point

Are we allowed multiple submissions? 

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ActualDragon wrote 01/31/2017 at 23:42 point

see below \/

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Airborne Tech wrote 01/31/2017 at 23:47 point

Great! Thank you ActualDragon! I knew you wouldn't let me down. Or turn around and desert me for that matter. 

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ActualDragon wrote 01/26/2017 at 20:41 point

are walking robots scifi?


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ActualDragon wrote 01/26/2017 at 20:41 point

sorry it's so big

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Adam Fabio wrote 01/31/2017 at 19:09 point

Anyone can enter - but a basic walking robot wouldn't be sci-fi enough to win.  Skinned like the one you've posted though, i think you've got a robot-fighting chance!

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Mark Sherman wrote 01/26/2017 at 20:12 point

I'm surprised there's no entries yet.

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Mark Sherman wrote 01/27/2017 at 21:59 point

Then this page is broken :-) , it still says Submissions (0)

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Max Jackson wrote 01/26/2017 at 19:32 point

Is is possible that a smart-watch can tell with relative accuracy if you are sleeping or not? 

If so, free idea for you! Make a talking home-computer, or mirror, or something, connected to your smartwatch via bluetooth, that waits until you are up to start telling you things about your upcoming day.

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Riley wrote 01/24/2017 at 17:34 point

hey

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FiveseveN wrote 01/24/2017 at 14:47 point

Can one user submit multiple entries?

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davedarko wrote 01/24/2017 at 14:57 point

Probably like the last contests: sure! It's highly unlikely that you would win all four prizes, just because there are human judges ;) and if they would find 4 projects of yours would deserve the prizes, I'm sure they'd be reevaluating the rules for the next contest, but that didn't happen so far :)

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 01/29/2017 at 06:56 point

yes!

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davedarko wrote 01/23/2017 at 19:18 point

for non-terrestrials http://www.worldservice.org/reg.html

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Adam Fabio wrote 01/24/2017 at 02:07 point

You win the internet for today, Dave :)

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RoGeorge wrote 01/24/2017 at 14:19 point

ROFL!

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danjovic wrote 01/24/2017 at 14:57 point

Thanks! Now I'll be able to participate !

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Anool Mahidharia wrote 01/27/2017 at 07:44 point

I'm hoping Asgardians will participate in large numbers.

https://asgardia.space

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Frank Buss wrote 01/23/2017 at 11:34 point

Sounds interesting and as always, the journey is the reward and the most fun, but are there prizes?

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Adam Fabio wrote 01/23/2017 at 17:07 point

Yup! the prize list is up now!

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Elliot Williams wrote 01/24/2017 at 12:07 point

Is it wrong that I'd be aiming for Third Prize?

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