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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 holidays 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 be 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!


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!


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)

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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 fourth batch (Projects 19-24) of the Ghost of Holiday Past on Project14:



Get Inspired by Past Holiday Special Projects:



The Projects:


Project 19: Desktop Christmas Tree  by jofas


The holidays are a time for adding much needed holiday cheer to your workspace!


jofas  will have a chance to remake his project with better features and we hope that he shares it with the rest of the community when he does.  His project was a small plastic Christmas tree that can sit on your desk to bring holiday cheer to your workspace. The lights have a "twinkle" effect to make your holidays even more magical.


Desktop Christmas Tree

"With a 3D printer, I would like to remake my project but with better features. You can see in my post (at the bottom) that I have an idea for how to make it better. Unfortunately, I had to use Shapeways to print this version and it was expensive! I have other project ideas that involve simple enclosures and I would rather print them at home than pay for every piece.


I am not sure yet what I would do with the STEAM kit. The best option seems to be to donate it to a local school but I would have to do some research to determine which school near me could use this. I know some schools have robotics clubs, they would probably benefit the most from receiving the STEAM kit.


I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018." - jofas



"This project was well documented, feely very much like a tutorial.  I reaaly liked the proof video, it almost made me fell like it was still Christmas." - Community Member Judge

"I liked the idea of a 3D Christmas tree, including a custom printed base and the tree itself. Simple, but elegant build also showed effort to create a custom made PCB and everything else to make it a "ready to be manufactured" product. I believe Joey spent many hours of learning with this project." - Community Member Judge

"Code and schematics available. Looks really great." - Community Member Judge

Project 20: FLiP Connected X-Mas Ornament by jomoenginer


The holidays are a time for making ornaments that are Bluetooth connected!


This is a Bluetooth connected Ornament that uses a Parallax FLiP board, WS2812B RGB LED Module and a Velleman HC-05 to control the color displayed in the Ornament.  The Ornament was cerated using a Clear DIY Plastic Hanging Ornament, paint, mini X-mas tree and Styrofoam for the fake snow.  The Parallax FLiP is a DIP form factor board which has a Parallax Propeller processor and was coded using their SimpleIDE in C.


Communication from the FLiP with the HC-05 was performed using the fdserial library from Parallax. Remote connection is from a Raspberry Pi using BlueZ and rfcomm to create a virtual serial interface to the HC-05 and Python was used to send command line commands to control the WS2812B through the HC-05.  A Parallax Serial LCD is used just for debug purposes to ensure the commands made it to the FLiP.


FLiP Connected X-Mas Ornament

"If I get the honor to win the 3-D Printer, I would put it to good use to create the much needed enclosures my projects are begging me to create, as well as fix some items around the house such as the broken knob on the toaster.


The Sam's STEAM Kit I would donate to a local school in my area that does not have the means to purchase such items for their students." - jomoenginer




Also on Project14  from jomoenginer :


Project 21: Christmas Vacation Project - Building a Clap Switch Light  by jw0752


The holidays are a time for spending time on projects with your Grandchildren!


A few years ago, thanks to Christmas Vacation jw0752  had the opportunity to spend the day doing electronics with his 11 year old Grandson Ivan. They began with a small Chinese noise actuated clap switch.It is a simple 2 stage audio amplifier that triggers a transistor flip flop which in turn lights a small LED. It is designed to operate at 5 volts. Ivan has become very adept at building these Chinese kits and he is also knowledgeable about my shop.


Christmas Vacation Project - Building a Clap Switch Light




Also on Project14 by jw0752 :


Project 22: Infinity Living Christmas Wreath  by  dwinhold


The holidays are a time for doing really cool things with LEDs with your family!


The Infinity Living Christmas Wreath was done as a family project. Dale made this with his kids. They wanted to make something unique and what they came up with was awesome!


To create the wreath they used 144 RGB LED light string, an Arduino, a Raspberry Pi, Screen, speakers, 2 pieces of one way mirror and a 12 volt transformer.  The LED strip was placed between the one way mirrors. The Arduino is used to control the LED pattern and the transformer is used to power the LED's. Meanwhile, the Raspberry Pi and screen is used to display the burning log behind the mirror with speakers for fire crackling sound.


Infinity Living Christmas Wreath

"Unique idea for a Christmas artifact. ...the result is beautiful."



"If I win the grand prize I would keep the 3d printer and use it to make small toys for kids to enjoy. The SAM's STEAM KIT will be given to my sons school for their computer science class. This is a way to help many students with a single (incredible) gift.


Whom ever wins this challenge, the donation of the gifts is truly the spirit of the holidays!!


Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays everyone!!"  - dwinhold



Project 23: Project Elf House- Complete  by beagles:


The holidays are a time for coming with really great ideas with friends and doing something about it!


The idea for the elf house was hatched during a discussion amongst friends of  beagles .  She was tasked with producing a Christmas decoration using a toilet roll tube.  beagles was asked if she could add a single white LED to their project. The project being a little elf house. She did better than that...


Project Elf House - Complete


"Fantastic solution and very simple implementation." - Community Member Judge

"Looks really nice, and the circuit was available." - Community Member Judge



Also on Project14 by beagles  :


Project 24: The Clausometer Christmas Spirit Meter   by ntewinkel


The holidays are a time for Clausometers to gauge the holiday spirit!


For The Holiday Special,  ntewinkel  decided to make a Clausometer, as seen in the movie Elf.  In that movie, Santa's sleigh had trouble flying due to a lack of Christmas spirit. The sleigh was equipped with a Clausometer that indicated the level of Christmas spirit around.  This version of The Clausometer uses twitter to gauge holiday spirit, and really is brilliant and worth checking this out.   This, like the following project, was especially well received.  His wife helped him with the graphics and it uses a Raspberrry Pi to move the needle!


The Clausometer Christmas Spirit Meter


"A great implementation of a theme using some old fashioned bodgering."

"Looks really nice, very original and in the holiday spirit, and full code and schematic described." - Community Member Judge


Code available, schematic described (which pins to connect where). Well documented, and looks really great. - Community Member Judge



Also on Project14 from ntewinkel :