Today, we’re excited to announce the winners of the Wheels, Wings, and Walkers portion of The Hackaday Prize. We were looking for the next generation of robots, drones, machines that make machines move, and hackers who now know far too much about inverse kinematics. The results were spectacular.
Hackaday is currently hosting the greatest hardware competition on Earth. We’re giving away thousands of dollars to hardware creators to build the next great thing. Last week, we wrapped up the third of five challenges. It was all about showing a design to Build Something That Matters. Hundreds entered and began their quest to build a device to change the world.
There are still two more challenges in The Hackaday Prize. If you’re working on Assistive Technologies, the time is now, with this portion of the Prize ending September 4th. After that, Anything Goes. The Anything Goes challenge is the catch-all, and we’re looking for the best projects, full stop.
The winners of the Wheels, Wings, and Walkers challenge are, in no particular order:
Wheels, Wings, and Walkers Hackaday Prize Finalists:
- Archelon ROV
- Open Source Underwater Glider
- rDUINOScope Boiana
- ALICE: Robotic Exoskeleton
- RoadRunner – Powered Running Stroller
- Ultra Servo
- Bloodhound: Autonomous Radiolocation Drone
- Assistive Exoskeleton Arm (ExoArm)
- 6-Axis Micro Manipulator
- n3m0 the autonomous boat
- EVPR: Electric Variable Pitch Rotor
- NAVI – Hey, Listen!
- Pablo Odysseus
All Fantastic Projects
The entries in this round of the Hackaday Prize are exactly what we’re looking for in the Wheels, Wings, and Walkers challenge. There were ships and submarines, projects that use drones in novel ways, interesting flying platforms, projects that are destined for the next generation of open robotics, and projects that just barely move very precisely. The one project on Hackaday.io that most appeals to our reptilian brain — a lawnmower powered quadcopter / decapitron — is getting an upgrade with wireless variable pitch rotors.
Entry is Still Open for the 2017 Hackaday Prize
The Assistive Technologies challenge runs until September 4th, after which we’ll select 20 projects to win $1000 and move onto the finals of The Hackaday Prize. From there, one project will be awarded the grand prize of $50,000 and five other top finalists will receive prizes ranging from $30,000 to $5,000.