This past week closed out the Enchanted Objects Design Challenge, and we saw a flood of final project updates being posted. Following the spirit of my Weekly Design Challenge Wrap-up post, I wanted to make a post that would wrap up the Design Challenge and showcase some of my favorite projects.
To get started let’s take a quick look at each of the 15 enchanted objects that captivated our imagination and inspired us over the last 4.5 months.
- Project: Enchanted Cottage - Andy Clark (Workshopshed) designed the enchanted cottage to be the most sensor-rich home in the enchanted forest. Featuring motion control, lighting control, power management, temperature and humidity reporting, and a nice display to tie everything together, the Enchanted Cottage quickly became the envy of all of the forest dwellers.
- Project: Mini-Task Automator - This project by Parker Ellwanger (rpbruiser) set out to build an enchanted lamp that would automatically sense the day’s sunset and trigger its LED lighting to turn on. Unfortunately, the magic smoke was released from this enchanted project just as it was being finished up.
- Project: Smart Enchanted Shoes - Unfortunately this project by Christian Lorenzoni (christiann22) was destined to become a no-starter and we never saw any progress post made.
- Project: Infinity Mirror - An interesting concept, the Enchanted Mirror by (peteroakes) must have seen something bad in its future as it never made it past the proof of concept phase, and only one blog post was published.
- Project: Smart Key Hooks - Christoph Rieder (crjeder) set out to improve his key hooks situation by adding several IoT connections and cool features to something many of us never give a second thought to in our daily lives.
- Project: Enchanted 50’s Record Player - With more than 35 blog post updates, Jan Cumps (jancumps) really took his 1958 Turntable from the Black Forest to the next level, and added features that its original designers could not have even dreamed of when it was originally conceived.
- Project: Magic Doctor’s Hat - Twenty-five updates seemed to be the magic number for Ambrogio Galbusera (amgalbu) for his enchanted magical hat that was designed to make it easier for doctors to interact more easily with young patients.
- Project: A Place In The Cloud - Rob Nagy (JokerZ) got off to a very good start with his enchanted IoT message bus and transaction system, but unfortunately the project never made it past its second blog post update.
- Project: Enchanted IoT Devices - Ayan Pahwa (iayanpahwa) set out to build the world’s first Enchanted Wardrobe and he finished strong with some cool IoT integration and features!
- Project: Enchanted Bedside Lamp - This project was yet another no-starter with Arjuna Srimal (doca) not making any update post.
- Project: Multimeter Inbox Checker - Samuel Doye (kidiccurus) admitted to not keeping up with his inbox on Element14 as much as he should, and set out to build an enchanted meter that would display the number of messages in his inbox at a given time.
- Project: Enchanted Typewriter - Fed up with the current-day trend of planned obsolescence in product design, Tanausú Hernández (tanah) set out to repurpose an old Typewriter into a very colorful enchanted painting making machine. Unfortunately, it looks like this project never inked its first image, and only made it to blog post number two.
- Project: Espresso ex Machina - As a coffee aficionado, Manolis Nikiforakis (nikil511) wanted to build an enchanted espresso machine that would bring an antique coffee maker to the 21st century by adding sensors and IoT connectivity to help make a better brew.
- Project: Enchanted Windows - Parth Pandya (coolbox) set out to create a fully automated enchanted window for his home, and some good progress was made, but unfortunately the project did not make it to completion before the challenge was over.
- Project: Enchanted Clock - Dale Winhold (dwinhold) set out to further his woodworking skills by building a clock completely from wood. To spice things up a little he decided to include a little enchanted magic to it by adding some temperature and humidity sensing, time-loss correction, voice control, and lighting control.
With the projects covered I want to take a few moments to talk about my favorite top three projects. Please keep in mind that I am not a judge of this competition, and all of the projects that were submitted were amazing in their own right. These three projects are simply a few of the ones that I enjoyed following the most.
Project: Enchanted Cottage
Andy Clark really inspired me to hunker down and make a project that uses more than one sensor, something I have not done much of since my RepRap development days. His use of all of the technology available to him really sets this project apart from some of his competition, and reminded me that it is possible to really pack a lot of features into a small package. His hardware management, artistic creativity, and general project layout really make this Enchanted Object shine! I want to give major props to Andy for his work here, and really hope to see more from him in the future!
Project: Multimeter Inbox Checker
Samuel Doye’s solution for displaying how many messages he has received on Element14 is simply ingenious, and takes me back to my PC modding days when I would see modders building email notification gauges using old analog multimeters. This project is exactly what I would expect to see in a competition like this, and it truly defines the maker spirit! Great job Samuel!
Project: Enchanted Clock
Dale Winhold’s Enchanted clock was a very fun project to follow over the last few months, and I thoroughly enjoyed his explanations of how he solved each step of the process. The wooden gears that he utilized made the project pretty unique in my opinion, and really gave the clock a retro feel. I really liked Dave’s inclusion of the code he used to control each step in the process.
Well that is going to wrap up my coverage of the Enchanted Objects Design Challenge until the judging process begins and winners are announced. I hope everyone enjoyed this challenge as much as I did, and I can not wait to see how the Sci Fi Your Pi and Vertical Farming challenges turn out.