11 thoughts on “Design Challenge: the missing entry

  1. i really wanted the tube amp to win…but i suppose the $10-15 cost of the tube makes it prohibitive to manufacture a kit.

    –neg

  2. You’re forgetting the purpose of the business card size factor. The idea mentioned in the contest intro is to take the winning submittal and produce a few 100 of them as trade-show and general interest givaways. The pcb’s serve as a unique advertisement for the Hack a day website. The cleaner, more universal, and less expensive to assemble in full it is, the more likely it is to be memorable to the target audience. A business card givaway that is going to take $80+ hardware to perform an esoteric function makes it extremely likely the givaway will be trash-binned quickly and not make any impact on the recipient. The winning entry certainly meshes well with the described intent of the contest. How well the winning entry matched is apparent with the unanimous decision.

  3. Mike summed it up very nicely there. The winning entry totally fulfils all the criteria of the competition, making it a very worthy winner.

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