Just weeks after taking center stage at the 2013 World Maker Faire in NYC, Atmel is getting ready to kick off Maker Faire Rome 2013 at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Italy.
Be sure to stop by our booth, where we’ll be showcasing the latest in Atmel-powered tech including:
- Hexbug/hovercraft hacking: Watch Atmel employees hack traditional Hexbugs and hovercrafts using Arduino boards.
- Pensa: This company uses Arduino boards to make their flagship DIWire, a rapid prototyping machine that bends metal wire to produce 2D and 3D shapes.
- Infinity Aerospace: The ArduLab – powered by Atmel’s versatile ATMega 2560 microcontroller – is a highly capable experimentation platform ready for space right out of the box. Sensor mounting is straightforward, with unique functionality addressing the technical challenges of operating in space.
- Quin from QTechKnow: Quin will be displaying his Fuzzbot robots.
Also be sure to check out our AVR Hero Maker Faire Contest online. As we’ve previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, Atmel is challenging Makers, designers and engineers to develop new AVR-powered gadgets and gizmos with commercial potential.
So if you think you have what it takes to be a Master Maker/AVR hero, submit your masterpieces today! We’ll feature the projects and the people will vote. Along with great fame, respect and worshipful gazes, we’ll also be giving amazing prizes to go with your new title. What will you get? Well, our Master Maker winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, one-year discount on Atmel products, four tickets to upcoming (local) Maker Faires and some cool Atmel swag!
Each of the four runners up will receive a $500 cash prize, two tickets each for upcoming Maker Faires and awesome Atmel swag. We’ll also advise winners and the four runner ups on how to launch their respective projects on Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, all while granting access to Atmel experts who can help facilitate the transition from prototype to product.
So, how does the contest work? Well, after a period of public voting (September 9, 2013 – December 31, 2013) a panel of Atmel judges will select the top entries based on:
- Idea quality – Is it original, creative and substantially different? How so?
- Design quality – How complete is your design? Is it robust, repairable and resilient? Is it pretty? Easy to use? Do you have a working model?
- Market potential – How would you get your masterpiece to the masses? Will they demand it? What would you need? How much would it cost? And, is it scalable?
Interested in learning more about our contest? Click here to submit your AVR project today!