Automation makes the world go around. Whether it’s replacing elevator attendants with buttons, replacing songwriters with computer algorithms, or giving rovers on Mars the same sense and avoid capability as a Tesla, Automation makes our lives easier and better. Today we’re excited to announce the twenty projects that best demonstrate the possibilities of Automation in the running for the 2016 Hackaday Prize. These projects tackled problems ranging from improving the common stepper motor to flying Lidar around a neighborhood on a gigantic ducted fan.
The winners of the Hackaday Prize automation challenge are, in no particular order:
- HeadsUp, A Low-Cost Device To Diagnose Concussions
- Self Replicating CNC For 194 (Or More) Countries
- 3D Printable Portable Slit Lamp
- Alarm Detection For Hearing Impaired
- Automated LED/Laser Diode Analysis and Modeling
- sdramThingZero – 133MS/s 32-Bit Logic Analyzer
- Evive: A Prototyping Platform For Makers
- Mycodo | Environmental Regulation System
- The Julius Project
- Theia IoT Light Switch
- The Distributed Ground Station Network
- Affordable Reflectance Transformation Imaging Dome
- Open Indirect Ophthalmoscope
- Open LIDAR
If your project is on the list, congrats. You just won $1000 for your hardware project, and are now moving up to the Hackaday Prize finals where you’ll have a chance to win $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena.
If your project didn’t make the cut, there’s still an oppurtunity for you to build the next great piece of hardware for The Hackaday Prize. The Assistive Technologies Challenge is currently under way challenging you to build a project that helps others move better, see better, or live better.
We’re looking for exoskeletons, a real-life Iron Man, a better wheelchair, a digital braille display, or the best educational software you can imagine.
Like the Design Your Concept, Anything Goes, Citizen Science, and Automation rounds of the the Hackaday Prize, the top twenty projects will each win $1000 and move on to the Hackaday Prize finals for a chance to win $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena
If you don’t have a project up on Hackaday.io, you can start one right now and submit it to the Hackaday Prize. If you’re already working on the next great idea in assistive technologies, add it to the Assistive Technologies challenge using the dropdown menu on the sidebar of your project page.
The Hackaday Prize is the greatest hardware competition on Earth. We want to see the next great Open Hardware project benefit everyone. We’re working toward that by recognizing people who build, make, and design the coolest and most useful devices around.