We received several fantastic entries. We laughed, we cried, we stared at our monitors in confusion, it was fantastic. Now we’re here to announce the winners of the Santa-Pede contest.
If you recall, the rules were pretty simple. Aquire a dancing santa (or other holiday dancing annoying toy thingy in the same fashion), tear it apart, build something that walks out of the pieces. We were aware that most of these have a very similar setup with one or two servos and a bit of plastic. That way everyone has a similar starting point. We were amazed at what was done with so little.
Keep reading to find out who one each of the three categories: Most over-done, best walker with no extra parts, and best presentation.
Winner of Best walker, only using the parts available was [Joshua Jackson].
He didn’t add any additional parts and managed to get a nice gait out of it. Great job. [Joshua] will be receiving a Minty Boost and a Hackaday T-shirt.
Winner of Best Presentation, with his Franken-santa was [Jonathan Thompson].
Winner of Most Over-done, with his amazing show of effort and tenacity was [Adam Outler] and his raging santa.
[Adam] went all out on this one. Starting with a quick walker that actually did pretty well and then going on to add a microcontroller with a nice web interface, allowing control from his android phone. His santa has not only the ability to walk, but also a “rampage mode” where he rages around firing his rocket launcher and can’t be stopped till you cut the power. Great job [Adam], you absolutely kicked this competition’s ass.
[Adam] will be receiving The Brain Machine, as well as a Hackday Shirt and an LED Shirt with glowing bulb.
There were other entrants, and we loved them all even if they did fail, so we’re sending them all hackaday stickers. Here are some for you to enjoy:
[Mike] who didn’t manage to get it to walk, but had fun trying.
[Jon] Who ended up with a pretty interesting design.
[budgethack] who’s entry was close in tie for best walker. His had several of us cracking up.
[Bluewraith] didn’t get very far either, but at least he tried!
[Osgeld]‘s hilarious build had us all rolling on the floor and would have been a contender, but we hired him as a writer and he was immediately disqualified and beaten with a cat o’ nine tails.