Electromaker of the Month - January 2024 Winners

The first month of 2024 saw some incredible project submissions, each demonstrating the unique ways in which technology can be harnessed to create something truly special. From eco-friendly power management systems to autonomous rescue bots and artistic LED displays, the diversity and creativity of these projects show the vibrant and innovative spirit of the Electromaker community!

Many thanks to our sponsor Qoitech! They will be providing cash prizes to the winners below and also some branded merchandise!

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1st Place: Green Box - Remotely Controllable Power Consumption

The Green Box project introduces an innovative approach to managing and monitoring energy consumption remotely. Designed to offer users the ability to control their power usage with ease and precision, this project aims to make energy management both accessible and efficient.

Green Box

What Makes It Special

The Green Box project includes several key technologies: the Arduino platform for microcontroller programming, Python for backend development, KiCad for electronic design automation, and Blues Wireless for seamless connectivity. Together, these technologies create a robust system capable of detailed energy monitoring and control.

Inspired by a commitment to environmental sustainability, daniel-legut embarked on a journey to develop a power management system that not only reduces unnecessary energy consumption but also encourages a more eco-conscious lifestyle.

Judges’ Insights:

The judges commended the Green Box for its use of technology to enable efficient energy management and its commitment to sustainability. They noted its potential to reduce energy consumption and promote eco-consciousness, recognizing it as a significant step towards a sustainable future. By empowering users to control their energy use, the project contributes to energy efficiency and a reduced ecological footprint, marking it as a notable innovation in eco-friendly technology.

Prizes Awarded:

Congratulations to daniel-legut for the well-deserved 1st prize! You win the top Electromaker of the Month prize, $150 Cash, and a pile of Qoitech and Electromaker Swag!

2nd Place: Rescue Bot

The Rescue Bot is an autonomous ground rover engineered with the critical mission of aiding in post-disaster recovery. Equipped to navigate through challenging terrains, this innovative robot is designed to locate survivors, assess environmental conditions, and deliver essential aid, showcasing a leap forward in disaster response technology.

Rescue Bot

What Makes It Special:

Driven by a vision to merge technological advancement with humanitarian aid, Latency_Zero the creator of the Rescue Bot aimed to develop a solution that not only accelerates disaster response but also incorporates environmental monitoring capabilities. This dual-purpose design reflects a deep understanding of the multifaceted challenges presented by natural disasters, emphasizing the need for immediate response and environmental stewardship.

The Rescue Bot features a sophisticated integration of the Robotic Operating System (ROS), Arduino for control, and a suite of advanced sensors. These components work in harmony to enable autonomous navigation, survivor detection, and environmental assessment, making the Rescue Bot a versatile tool in disaster recovery efforts.

Judges' Insights:

The judges praised the Rescue Bot, for its innovative use of ROS, Arduino, and sensors. They admired its dual-purpose design for efficiently locating survivors and assessing conditions, highlighting its potential to enhance disaster response and environmental preparedness.

Prizes Awarded:

Congratulations Latency_Zero, $100 Cash and a Qoitech & Electromaker Swag bag will arrive with you shortly!

3rd Place: Arduino Flower-shaped Project

This unique Arduino project brings technology and nature together in a decorative, flower-shaped design featuring LEDs that respond to ambient sound. It's a creative blend of electronics and aesthetics, designed to add a touch of interactive beauty to any space.

The inspiration for this project came from a desire to create a personalized and meaningful gift for a plant-loving individual. The creator, moises-dias, leveraging their skills in electronics, designed this project to mimic the natural beauty of flowers while incorporating the interactive element of sound-responsive LEDs, making it a perfect tribute to the recipient's love for plants.

Arduino Flower Shaped Project

What Makes It Special:

At the core of this project is the LilyPad Arduino, a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles. It controls a series of LEDs arranged in a flower pattern, which can display various blinking patterns. These patterns can be set to random, spin in a mesmerizing sequence, or change in response to the sounds of the environment, showcasing the project's innovative use of technology to create art.

Judges' Insights:

The judges were captivated by the Arduino Flower-shaped Project, awarding it third place for its fusion of technology and natural aesthetics. They admired how the project, centered around the LilyPad Arduino, uses sound-responsive LEDs to mimic the beauty of flowers, creating interactive art that enhances any space. This project stood out for its personal touch, designed as a meaningful gift for a plant enthusiast, showcasing a creative use of electronics to blend art and technology.

Prizes Awarded:

Congratulations moises-dias! You win the third prize: $50 cash and a pile of Qoitech and Electromaker Swag!

Qoitech and Electromaker Swag!
Qoitech and Electromaker Swag!

Will You Be the Next Electromaker of the Month?

Every month we celebrate the inventive, curious, and resourceful nature of our Maker community. Any project published on the Electromaker website is eligible to win, and there's a whole host of great prizes!

Electromaker of the month winners certificate
Electromaker of the Month winner certificate!

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