Since the Wireless Power RoadTest Design Competition began, we have been deeply impressed by the efforts of our competitors to use this groundbreaking technology in their individual projects.
We were delighted by Victor Sluiter's creation of wirelessly powered Lego train; this demonstrates on a micro level the potential of this technology to revolutionise the recharging of electric vehicles.
We were also fascinated by Monte Chan's work with the technology and his uses for Wireless Power ranging from charging a Beaglebone to testing how well it worked through glass; his thoroughness was commendable.
However, in the end, we judged there could be only one winner, Chad Johnson, whose Wireless Power solutions for both Raspberry Pi and the Beaglebone represented innovation at its best. Furthermore, he consistently recorded his progress with enthusiasm and panache.
The Grand Prize, which Chad should receive in time for Christmas, is an AR Drone 2.0, provided courtesy of Texas Instruments. The AR Drone 2.0 is a sophisticated autonomous flying robot. It can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, and transmit back video. It also generates its own 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network on board; its uses range from surveillance to playing augmented reality games. We are sure that Chad will find ways to creatively use this prize.