Voting is open for the Red Bull Creation contest. Go Team Hackaday!

Go Vote Now!  update: looks like the vote button opens a popup to a Facebook app. this is required to vote :(

For the full writeup on our entry, go here!

As you can see above, our entry into the contest was a set of giant dueling mazes.

We took the idea of a table top marble maze and expanded that to be much larger. Each team races to finish the maze first. That alone was actually really fun, but we also wanted to add a way for the teams to interact with each other. To do this, we put in a trap system. There are magnets that activate to trap the ball for a few seconds and gates that can force your ball into a more difficult path. These are all controlled by your opponent.

The game is very fun to play. We were all amazed by the end that we managed not only to pull it off, but to make it actually enjoyable!  I’ll be writing up a detailed post on how to construct these with tons of pictures, but for now, GO VOTE!

If you want to see all of the entries in the contest, go here and check them out… then vote for hackaday.

Comments

  1. Barefoot says:

    Well crap, that sucks. Sorry guys… I’d love to vote for you, but I’m not being sucked into the abyss joining Facebook just to do it.

  2. For anyone wondering where their vote confirmation is, just keep mashing the vote button (and disabling adblock, and logging into Facebook) until you see this.

  3. Tekket says:

    Am I lacking coffee today? because I can’t find the voting page/button on the http://creation.redbullusa.com site at all.

  4. Robogreg says:

    Since you can vote for as many teams as you like, please take a look at team Midnight Inventions’s build “The Dizzy Fling” and spread some love (votes) around.

    http://creation.redbullusa.com/#/?page=MidnightInvention

    You can read more about the project here http://www.robogreg.com/projects/dizzy-fling-rbcreation

  5. steve says:

    I don’t get a Facebook popup, how do I vote?

  6. ma6net0 says:

    Aww, is there a video of you guys playing with the dueling labyrinth? I was only able to catch about 2 hours of build during the live broadcast. I’d really like to see the final product in action.

  7. dougmsbbs says:

    It doesn’t matter how many times I hit the vote button, nothing happens. Can’t vote! :(

  8. tehbasti says:

    sorry guys there is no way i will reaktivate facebook.

  9. MakerDino says:

    Looks like a great build that would be a lot of fun to play. Nice! I would love to vote for you but not via Facebook. WTF is it with Facebook anyway? Seems they want to be the overlords of all things clicked on the web! So nice to see that their stock is worth 30% less that the IPO. Ha!

  10. Dante says:

    Voted, so much cool.
    Please do more epic webcast builds, as that was very fun to watch.

  11. WhiteGoblin says:

    Damn was so happy to see I could finally vote then noted it required FB… Well still thanks for everything you guys did over those days of awesomeness! Was not just fun but educational & very entertaining. I’m also really happy to see all those screenshots finally came in handy! I thought for sure you’d cut them but I like how they ended up being used. :D

  12. websterling says:

    I wouldn’t vote for myself if it meant I had to join Facebook, enable Flash, and disable the popup blocker…

  13. Salomon says:

    My favorite build was the CentriFury, but because of FB voting… I won’t vote anyway.

  14. KG4MXV says:

    I only have one question where does the bullduino come into the picture?

  15. NewCommentor1283 says:

    1) this facebook requirement just lost untold viewers and participants, AKA advertising andor sales income. not to mention the now ensuing DISTRUST of both redbull and it’s contest holders

    2) people who dont “do facebook” probably wont be convinced to do so just to enter or vote on a competition. ESPECILLY people on hackaday

    3) facebook is the only website i have EVER seen that does not let you delete your profile and that is a majour hurdle for people that “still” dont have a profile

    people already butthurt becuase they are not able to completely delete their profile would probably just scoff at your attempt to force them to reactivate thier account

    4) if you need red bull to stay awake while on facebook, you have a very serious medical problem and should seek medical help immediately

    5) FACEBOOK IS NOT A RELIGION, OR CULT.
    so stop treating it like one, stop trying to convert people, it only breeds distrust and dislike.

  16. not telling says:

    yea..i had to vote for north street labs too… that damn centrifury looked cool as sheet

  17. Ivan says:

    Quite nice build for the time constraint. Would love to see some gameplay!

    Too bad I have to disable popup-blocker, enable flash and get facebook. I think the bull just shat.

  18. asciimation says:

    Just another ‘Sorry, but not a FB user’ comment. If enough of us do it maybe people will stop insisting on it. I’ve taken to emailing any company or organisation who insists on using FB and telling then sorry, I can’t participate because of that. One replied back and said they understood, got that feedback from a lot of people and they manually entered me in their competition instead!

    I should say though I am impressed with the builds for the Red Bull competition. Some really creative things going on there. Well done! Looks like it was great fun too.

  19. DosX says:

    Man that bites i got like five apps on most systems to block tracking from sites like facebook, twitter and google and those sites block ads and all dat to link my facebook to some redbull thing argh man its stupid ppl have so much dummy facebook accounts using facebook as there validator for legitimacy of votes is stupid but then we know that wasnt there reason at all the more content and the more activity on content on any facebook page increases the reach of that page, it shows up on more timelines and alot more times in the ticker, with all that in mind i am ignoring the butthurt and ive decided to toss the link around and have ppl vote for HaD anyways because in reality facebook trolls and the likes just want a link to click on and something to like……Thanks for a great couple days but next year lets avoid redbull and look for more legitimate competitions, this entire thing was a promotion front for them in no way are they really caring about the Art or the Construct bogus competition we should have seen that from the coverage the competition got and the investment they made towards it, in reality they dint really spend any money on the teams just petty cash its sad man no one has any real love for the craft.

    • branno says:

      whoa

    • acomputerdog says:

      i know this isn’t an english class, but there is a punctuation called a period(.)

      • Ren says:

        DosX used six periods right in the middle, so it evens out I’m sure.

      • Barefoot says:

        @Ren: Actually, he used two ellipses (…), unless the commenting system automatically converts three periods to an ellipsis like M$ Word…

      • DosX says:

        Hi, thank you for correcting me but guess what you also made errors during your own correction. I dint write and essay to be graded but anyways lets address your error, notice your “i” and how its common and at the begining of a sentence as well.Thank you for the correction though

      • gleen close says:

        @Barefoot The Soft in Microsoft uses an S and not a $ sign. Do you spell Mac with a cent sign or Linux with a credit card?

      • gleen close says:

        Seems like ya could just create a dummy FB account, fill it with the most insane and offensive material and “like” and “follow” stormfront or jewwatch and when they see who likes them, they will cut ya. This works best for sites that like to “POST ON YOUR BEHALF” so when Netflix feels like showing the world you like Grandma’s Boy, the world can see how crazy (you are) Netflix is and complain to them from USA Today and other stupid news outlets that many frequent. Kill them with kindness and their TOS lol. Solved many of my problems including a spammer from Overstock that thought they were cute until they saw my “family Timeline” that somehow included their family at major non-pc uh hum events. They also enjoyed the benefit of being on the public friends list that the good folks at S&M dating sites love to poke around in live chat ;) Awful, but so is FB.

  20. n0lkk says:

    Face Book arrgh! I do have a FB account, so Ill log in to vote, to do otherwise would be sweating the small shit. However having the red bull App “spam” my friends is a sticking point for me. No doubt the competition was about red bull promoting red bull first & foremost. Until there are others sponsoring competitions, I’m not sure what good it is complaining about read bull.

  21. sonofabit says:

    whoa! so much hate for facebook! I LIKE IT! hehe… nah but seriously they couldn’t screw up more… there are more ways to control voting process, and they had to choose the worst one. really sorry that i can’t vote for you guys… i’ll do my best to make my facebooked friends vote for you! imho someone should slap redbull for that horrible idea. anyways great times have been had thanks to HaD!

    P.S. DosX, WhiteGoblin, tehbasti and other peeps from livestream chat – come, join us @ #hackaday! yes it’s fully unofficial, but for now must do!

    • Ren says:

      Well, they could allow you to only vote in person between the hours of 2-3am at their polling place in Random Point, Maine while wearing a raincoat and carrying a toothbrush.

    • n0lkk says:

      I mostly monitored the livestream chat, posting only one question (answered by Caleb, tnx) under an ID other than this one. I too thought a Hackaday chat room could be interesting. I assume this unofficial chat is somehow related to twitter. I have twitter account mostly for receiving tweets, I have yet to send a tweet. So I’m ignorant of any extra features available at twitter. I’m on my twitter home page I see @ associated with ” connect”, # associated with “discover”, but I’m having a hard time finding the twitter help entries. Perhaps someone would be so kind to create an easy to use how to somewhere on the web to assist the challenged? In that I rarely use Echolink it would be odd for me to suggest a hackaday voip chat official or unofficial? Assuming free voip chat options are available.

  22. Tim says:

    I love Arduino & the creativity it inspires. Cheers to Red Bull & Hackaday for their contributions. But FaceBook? Sorry, that’s a deal breaker as are popups & Flash. Would love to vote for you but no can do.

    • n0lkk says:

      I’m not an arduino hater, but in this contest the arduino play a very minor role. IMO opinion the best thing red bull did in this contest was to downplay the role of a microprocessor,requiring contestants to use brain cells, and skills not associated with coding. The challenge the arduino presented here is how to figure out how to use is it in the contest builds where a microprocessor may not be needed at all. The very reason many hackers are slow to come to use a microprocessor in a build.

      • Caleb Kraft says:

        we didn’t use an arduino. We used picaxe. the bullduino was not a prerequisite for this build.

      • n0lkk says:

        @Caleb In responding to the comment singing the praises of the Arduino, I did fail to recall the use of the arduino wasn’t a requirement and your team used the pick axe, didn’t I? My bad :) An open question; I haven’t reviewed all the entries yet, was there one that didn’t use a microprocessor at all?

  23. KG4MXV says:

    WOW the shitstorm of anti facebook is funny as hell, What is the big deal. I use adblocker and turn off all cookies.
    End of story,

    I want to see where the bullduino was used in this project.
    Sure the game is kinda cool.
    but the CentriFury was great.

    I would have loved to see another variation of it as the players hold on to a joy stick that has electrodes.
    an voltage is passed in to the grip to test the level of pain they can withstand.
    Being that the electrodes are only in one hand there is no danger of cardio or respiratory impact,

    as the voltage is increased a pulse is added.
    Who ever lets go first loses.
    and the voltage can not exceed 45V but the frequency can vary and waveform.

  24. thehypnotist says:

    Sorry, won’t vote for anything through Facebook.

  25. DrAvIn says:

    voted happily .. took looging onto my computer to post this though … apparently hackaday on a mobile doesnt like the Fn button on my phones keypad lol … couldnt type the @ in my email

  26. xl97 says:

    no FB account here… so I cant help vote. (sorry)..

    what a lame requirement.. =(

  27. Jose.Torres says:

    Music credits for video?

  28. Jose.Torres says:

    Music credits for video?

  29. CJ_HaD says:

    The redbull creation website sucked from day 1. Trying to act all hackerish and #root crap… and outdated macintosh look with flash ffs…

    I tried to vote, yeah I have facebook, but google chrome w/ pop-up enabled and nothing happened. If you can vote for more than 1 team why not just open the voting to the public based on IP addresses then? Stupid.

    I don’t care who wins, and I feel HAD/SqiudFoo doesn’t neither. I think much can be said about the community of which it be sorta small sometimes … that it opened new doors and light just by them participating in the redbull contest.

  30. alxy says:

    Any vote, any like, any poke, any add, any sponsored link, any activity that mark zuckerburg and friends can potentially capitalize on I will not do through Facebook. Many others wont either. You would have had a better voter turnout with myspace.

    • NewCommentor1283 says:

      agreed!

      if it was MySpace and *_ONLY_* MySpace and NOT FaceBook then i would have (re-)signed (back) up in a heartbeat… as long as im able to COMPLETELY and PERMENANENTLY delete my profile the next day :)

      but even if we can use MySpace OR FaceBook i wont even go near that page… bye bye voting

      anyone know why and how GoogleBlog went down for 12+ hours one day? a newspaper published a how-to to hack THROUGH (and into if u wish) FaceBook and hack ANY website that has apps in facebook for it.

      something to do with unencrypted security keys sitting on advertisers servers long after you sign out… ad’s have no security/firewall and the encryption key is new every time u sign in so no need to save to file

      I DO NOT KNOW IF THIS HAS BEEN FIXED

      as i read the newspaper THAT MORNING i could imagine a million kids reading it and sayin “wow, thanks, now i will hack using directions in newspaper”

      6 hours later i got home and it was down since morning… hackers didnt take long to read the hacking directions in the NEWSpaper and use em…

      could have taken 100’s of sites down all at once, but instead the person MUST have had a grudge on googleblog and such

  31. John says:

    Hi, great work guys! I just tryd to vote for you; then is saw the Facebook popup.
    IMHO facebook won’t stop this until somewhat forces them to.

  32. Karl says:

    would’ve voted, but faecesbook is no option, sorry:-(

  33. Ptolom says:

    I’m in two minds about this contest. I’m all for things that encourage people develop cool projects, but I’m not too keen on a community which has mostly resisted such things being exploited for a marketing campaign. Red Bull is a shitty soft drink; it has nothing to do with hacking (except possibly the fact that late night coding sessions tend to be fuelled by caffeine), they’re just using you all for free advertising.

    • Rob R. says:

      I wouldn’t really classify Red Bull as a soft drink, it’s an energy drink, ie you drink one instead of a coffee, and not when you want a soda, or iced tea or something to drink.

      Oh and I love Red Bull, it’s the best energy drink out there. =D

      Damn expensive though, I mean 2 bucks for 8.4 ounces, what a rip-off, but I still buy it. =D

      Damn, Red Bull got me hooked and now I cannot stop!

  34. UltimationEE says:

    Full Flash Website. Need facebook to vote.

    Man redbull suck.

  35. Andrew says:

    Sorry, not a Facebook user. Don’t intend to be.

  36. Threeck says:

    Why not Google+, and use those +1 thingies… -.-

  37. Dave says:

    I’d love to vote but I despise clicking on something and it “requiring” an app install. Sorry.

  38. Rob R. says:

    1. As everyone else has said, Facebook…. ugh.

    2. Hope Apple doesn’t sue them for what looks like Classic Mac OS GUI.

    3. That web site blows, what is it a 1990s geocities site?

    4. Love your project, that’s about all the love you are going to get from me, sorry. =(

  39. ginsublade says:

    Combine redbull with some milk and watch….you will understand how I feel about this contest….(You can look for video on youtube if You don’t want to try it yourself)

  40. nizon says:

    They added a facebook login to that awful website? Jeez.

  41. Roger Wilco says:

    ha! i was not going to vote cause facebook then someone said fake account and i remembred i have one :)

  42. enosys says:

    Just in case anyone else is interested, there’s an easter egg on their web site:

    http://funwithdc.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/red-bull-creation-contest-easter-eggs/

  43. gun4as says:

    The facebook app is all the time crashing. Basically after 10th time I finally got the vote to be counted :)

  44. stonedhenge says:

    voted :)

  45. NewCommentor1283 says:

    STOP MAINTAINING THIS AT THE TOP OF THE HAD WEBPAGE!

    &*^%&*^%I* YOUR *&^%&*^ DAMM FACEF*&^&(^ RELIGION

    YOU WILL NOT CONVERT ME AND I WILL STAY FACEF***-FREE

    YOU ARE PUSHING VIEWERS AND THUS AD-REVENUE AWAY BY TRYING TO FORCE HACKADAY READERS TO CONVERT TO FACEF*** RELIGION

    its too late for redbull to save-face, but H.A.D. is getting close to the point of no return. FYI

    STOP ITS VERY ANNOYING TO EVERYONE

    and the few that use FaceF*** probably dont even do electronics or any other hobby, unless worshipping the FaceF*** enterprise can be considered a religion.

    HACKADAY USED TO BE A SAFE HEAVON WHERE WE WERENT WHIPPED IN THE FACE WITH “SIGN UP FOR FACENOW” BS ALL DAY LONG

    i realise i may get banned for saying this(edit: spreading propaganda against Face-Gov) but its totally worth it if it succedes on getting rid of this damm “sign up for faceB now”

    • NewCommentor1283 says:

      edit: when this gets reported i will cool down and take the time to politely re-phrase it…

      so FaceF look out! i wont stop. go back to handing out flyers on the street. because that is whrere FaceB belongs.

    • J Edgar Hoovers ghost says:

      Mwaahahah.
      My wet dream of a dossier on everyone finaly comes true
      and you facebook sheeple are doing it willingly!!

  46. krater says:

    no facebook…sorry…

  47. echodelta says:

    One post where I totaly agree. Orwellian social engineering at it’s finest.
    I have another T-shirt design to do. One like (Tommy Helfigure it out—I just don’t buy it) (Aeropastel-bird poop).

  48. Justin says:

    Congratulations on obtaining the most votes for your creation. The Centrifury ended up being a runner up, so we will be going to Maker Fair as well. We are now pulling over 5 G’s on it, and you will be more than welcome to come try it out. See you there!

    -North Street Labs

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