The arrival of June heralds a surge of fantastic creations in our project hub! Our panel of judges has rigorously evaluated all the entries received during the month, and as always the standard is high. Nonetheless, only three individuals can proudly secure the coveted position of Electromaker of the Month. Let us now acquaint ourselves with our triumphant champions!
In case you missed it - Electromaker of the Month celebrates the top three community projects (as picked by our independent judges) and rewards them with prizes, including cash (provided by the lovely folks at Mouser) and Electromaker Swag!
Arctos is a 3d printed 6 degrees of freedom robotic arm that looks about as professional as it gets. Underneath the hood, an Arduino Mega controls the motors, and the source code is derived from the popular GRBL Cad software. As well as having clean aesthetics, the robot appears to be robust too, and may be the perfect budget way to learn about robotics - or maybe even put to work on an assembly line.
Our judges were not only impressed with the quality of the finished build but by the extensive documentation that comes with the CAD files from the robot and the considerate bill of materials (BOM) making it accessible to both beginners in robotics and those on a lower budget.
Huge congratulations to ArctosRobotics for winning 1st prize! You win the top Electromaker of the Month prize - a $150 Cash and a pile of Electromaker Swag!
Second place this month is a project exploring the integration of a BeagleConnect Freedom devkit withNodeRED. The project aims to visually represent a rotary encoder attached to the Beagle Connect Freedom using NodeRed GUI elements. The tutorial provides step-by-step instructions to get started with the project. It includes downloading the required files for the rotary sensor build, setting up the NodeRed UI/dashboard, and configuring the UDP node for data injection. The tutorial showcases the visual representation of the rotary movement using the gauge dashboard node.
The judges were impressed with this tutorial for a quite new piece of hardware - the BeagleConnect Freedom was only announced at Embedded World last year (where the Electromaker Show interviewed Jason from BeagleBoard about it), and seeing easy-to-follow guides is a great step towards getting more folks included with new Maker boards!
Congratulations a-taylor2, a $100 Cash and an Electromaker Swag bag will be arriving with you shortly!
Third prize goes to akshayan-sinha for his tutorial showcasing how to use MQTT on the Qubitro cloud IoT service with an ESP32 and a temperature and humidity sensor. The guide takes the reader through setting up the hardware in the Arduino IDE, along with setting up Qubitro to act as an MQTT broker, making this tutorial a great starting point for adding a lot of other custom IoT modules too!
Our judges were impressed with the great documentation of this tutorial - it's easy to follow and build upon, and showcases how to use an online IoT service as a cloud broker for your DIY smart home!
Congratulations akshayan-sinha! You win the third prize, a $50 Cash, and a pile of 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!
To get started, register for a free Electromaker account, and upload your project!