Holiday Special 19

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Gift to Keep: Tektronix Oscilloscope and Application Bundle!Gift to Give: Tool Kit Bundle + $100 Shopping Cart!Gift to Keep: A Tool Kit Bundle + $100 Shopping Cart!Gift to Give: A $100 Shopping Cart!
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Enter Your Project for a Chance to Win:  Holiday Special 19 or tag your blog post HolidaySpecial19CH


Contest Details:  Project14 | Holiday Special 19: Over $20,000 Worth of Prizes and Gifts to Give!


We're doing a round up of 30 projects from previous Holiday Special project competition.  The third annual Holiday Special 19 is an open-ended holiday project competition that challenges you to make a project that reflects what the holiday's mean to you. We're asking the community members to spread mirth and merry to the world through projects that use music, LED Displays, Nixie Pixels, Strobe Lights, Fog Machines, or anything else that puts you in a celebratory mood.  Your project can also be a "From Me to You" project, a thoughtful projects that's made with others in mind.  It can inspired by gifts, food, or cards exchanged during the holidays. Or you could focus on electronic ways of sending the warmest wishes to friends and family - could be an electronic greetings card, a way to automatically email or use RF transmission to link up via video etc.  It can also be a fun project that's made in the holiday spirit such as a snow globe that will warn you of inclement weather conditions, voice-activated ornaments, jazzed up holiday cards, LED decorations - anything that means the holidays to you.  Your project can be related to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus for the rest of us related!  It can even be a Star Wars project, if you only believe in the Force.


The only thing that we ask is that your holiday project shows heart!  The project that shows the most heart wins a Tektronix Oscilloscope and Application bundle (~value of $18,500) plus a tool kit (~value of $325) to gift to another member for their project.  Three first place winners will receive a will receive a tool kit bundle (~value of $225) along with a $100 shopping cart as well as a $100 shopping cart to give to another member for their projects.  All Gift to Gives can be given to any member that submitted a project in either Holiday Special 19 or the RF (Radio Frequency) which will be happening at the same time.  Throughout the month we'll have holiday round ups of previous projects submitted during previous Holiday Special competitions!  You can use those as inspiration for submitting a Holiday project that is unique to you.  Also,  check out our Engineer and Maker's Wish List 2019 in the Members area and share your product Wishlist and find links to element14 presents product giveaways to collect more tools to help deck out your bench!


Your project will be judged based on the following criteria:


  • Follow the Steps - Did you show the steps it took you to complete the project (text, video, or images) and did you include documentation such as schematics?
  • Submit Video Proof - Did you post video proof of you project?
  • Stick to the Theme - How well did your project stick to the theme (any holiday project) of the competition?
  • Demonstrate Originality - Was your project your original?  Did you come up with a clever name for their project?


Also, visit RF (Radio Frequency) where you can Win a Spectrum Analyzer for the Most Innovative RF Project!  As well as more cool products and shopping carts you can fill with more goodies:



The Grand Prize for RF (Radio Frequency)

3 First Place Winners for RF (Radio Frequency)

One Grand Prize Winner Wins Spectrum Analyzer plus a $200 Shopping Cart!

3 First Place Winners Win a Handheld Oscilloscope plus a $100 Shopping Cart!

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Enter Your Project for a Chance to Win:  RF (Radio Frequency) or tag your blog post RFradiofrequencyCH


Here is the third batch (Projects 13-18) of the Ghost of Past Holiday Past on Project14:



Get Inspired by Past Holiday Special Projects:



The Projects:


Project 13: 2D xmas tree pcb art (components INSIDE the pcb) by designer2k2


Frohe Weihnachten!  Sometimes even the smallest things have the biggest heart!


Last year, designer2k2  gifted the community by showing us a 10x10 pcb tree. The overall height was only 1.6mm and all the components were inside the PCB.


The pcb itself is using pcb art technique to give the shape of a tree covered in snow and some snowflakes and ball ornaments.


He won the Heart Trophy when he was gifted a $100 shopping cart from another member!



2D xmas tree pcb art (components INSIDE the PCB)


The assembly video is in German so use caption for English:



Project 14: Holiday Lights and Music Festival With Love and Cheer by ipv1


The holidays are about creating memories by doing projects as a family!


Christmas is a very special time of the year for ipv1 and his family. Every year, their family creates memories by celebrating the holidays with a project they make together. Last year, after moving across the continent, his project was done on a budget. He started by procuring items from the dollar store and with a handful of components that he brought with him, they set out to build a mini Christmas festival. Their project consists of 2 parts which are intended to serve two different purposes. The first part is designed with the Raspberry Pi at the centre and Texas Instruments BLE lights as the end devices along with a sense hat for good measure. Python based web app allows for the control of colours for the budget tree as well as the jolly snowman. The second part employs two BBC:Micro bits talking to each other wirelessly and are allow for the control of a string of lights and a musical house.


Holiday Lights and Music Festival With Love and Cheer




Also on Project14  by ipv1:


Project 15: Albero di(Gi) Natale by costantinorizzuti


Buone Feste!  The holidays are a great time to make something beautiful with an Arduino!


Albero di(Gi) Natale is the first project that costantinorizzuti made using Arduino. "Albero di Natale" means Christmas Tree in Italian. So the name has been created by the combination between "Albero digitale" and "Albero di Natale" and can be written down in both forms: Albero digi(Na)tale or Albero di(Gi) Natale. It is a small object (27cm x 23cm x 32cm): a sculpture, made of recycled materials (CD, copper and plastic pipes, electric cables, wood), equipped with LEDs controlled by Arduino. It is aimed at evoking the shape of a strange "exotic" tree decorated by Christmas decorations. It is a work in progress started in the fall of 2012 that currently has reached its final stage for the visual aspect. Arduino controls the lighting and the power off of the LEDs through a program that, in order to generate perceptually a periodic sequences, uses prime numbers for the computation of pulse lights intervals.


Albero di(Gi) Natale

"Very beautiful project, it makes one want to explore it from all angles! Impressive project based on that all-time classical component, the red LED! and Arduino." - Community Member Judge




Also on Project14 by costantinorizzuti


Project 16: Probably the best possible Christmas lights by czmusg3jh56fh0jw&maa


The holiday's are a time for building displays that rival your neighbor's in raw nerdiness!


During Christmas 2016 czmusg3jh56fh0jw&maa  stared in awe at his neighbor's fabulous Christmas light display. They had moving trains, characters, music, it was amazing. There was an ice cream van. The next year, he resolved to build a display to rival theirs. Not in volume, watts, quality, charm or creativity, but in raw nerdiness. In November of 2017, unreasonably late, he ordered 80 metres of 30 led/meter WS2812B RGB LED tape. When it arrived he took a week off work and started soldering, wiring and writing code like a madman. He recorded progressive video logs as the deadline rushed closer. He shared videos detailing how the controllers talk to the LEDs, which protocols he used, and lots of other detail.


Probably the best possible Christmas lights



Project 17: Automatic christmas bell ringers.  by danielw:


The holidays are a time for automating bell ringers using an Arduino!


After rummaging through many boxes of what his family unilaterally called 'junk', danielw  concluded that he needed to order some RC servos.  He could have bought a servo controller but he already had a couple of Arduino pro mini boards, so deciding to use one of them, he set to hacking. The project is based on his laptop running a Python program that interprets the musical sequence and outputs the commands over the same FT232 USB COM port as is used for programming the Arduino.  The Arduino receives the commands and moves the servos as required.


Automatic christmas bell ringers.

"I'm a sucker for Lego - clever and sounds great." - Community Member Judge

"Very lovely project, I like that it uses Lego, so kids can help in the assembly of the snowmen! It's really awesome, if I can find those bells then I want to build it too!" - Community Member Judge

"I found this to be a creative, fun and novel entry with a traditional Christmas theme. A clever build combining Lego and electronics that also involved family members." - Community Member Judge



"Fantastic project, involving Lego, bells, servos and lots of fun. If this project doesn't lift your Christmas spirit, nothing will!" - Community Member Judge


Project 18: Christmas Magic aka Advent Calendar on steroids  by archiela


The holidays are a time for Advent Calendars and hiding chocolate behind each door!


This project is best described as a take/dream on Advent Calendar. We all know how these things typically work and we all have enjoyed them in our childhood. For those that don't know it is a way of tracking how many days are left util Christmas while eating getting to eat chocolate or cookies. Basically calendar starts on December 1st and goes until December 24th and there is chocolate hidden behind each door. You are supposed to open the door on each day  and get your chocolate - what an amazing way of waiting for Christmas. However, you are not supposed to open any future days! He always loved these things and one day while on a 5 hour driving trip with his wife, for whatever reason they started having this idea of building their own smart, fun advent calendar. They jotted all the ideas and requirements they wanted this to have and the project was born from the idea.


Christmas Magic aka Advent Calendar on stereoids

"This project ticked all boxes and is something I would like to build myself." - Community Member Judge

"This really embodied the concept of Merry Boxes and LEDs with a fun family build. The build was well explained and demonstrated in a fun video. I liked that it was built to be reusable year after year. To be honest, I was very close to giving the Grand prize to this project." - Community Member Judge

"This project offers a different take on the classic advent calendars. The quality of the build and the execution led to a great finished product, which would make the countdown to Christmas magical for any child (or adult!)." - Community Member Judge



"Wow - superbly executed project, it brought many smiles watching the videos of it in action." - Community Member Judge

"Xmas Magic, good description, great video." - Community Member Judge