Fun with Arduino Contest

Think It – Build It – Share It!

  • Contest Start Date: 01 | Nov | 09
  • Contest End Date: 31 | Dec | 09
  • Judging Begins: 01 | Jan | 10
  • Top 3 Winners Announced: 08 | Jan | 10

Prizes awarded to the top three Arduino projects. Projects will be judged by Shawn Augustson of, Guilherme Martins of, Dr. Alison Colman of, and we will also accept viewer submitted votes through Twitter

How to Enter: Contestants must create a project using the Arduino (any board). The project must be geared towards the beginner to intermediate user to help learn more about what the Arduino is and can do. Project can have already been submitted elsewhere, for example you already published it on another site like Instructables, etc.

Each project MUST HAVE the following in order to be considered:

  • Photo of the finished project
  • YouTube or other service video showing the project working
  • Step by step supporting documentation on how a user can complete your project
  • Arduino code used for project
  • List of sources used, for example if you borrowed ideas from another project on the web

(Optional) – Bonus points for adding a statement of what the Arduino has meant to you.

How to Submit Your Project: Send photos, documentation, links to your video and your arduino sketch pasted into a text file to shawn at arduinofun dot com. Projects will then be posted to (you remain the project owner, we will not use projects in anything other than published to


el sapatero

OddBot is going to China, and he created several packs with robotics stuff and came up with a great creative challenge wich is to create a video with the keyword FUN. One of the extra points was to build something with paper, wood, and cheap materials, no techy thing here, the main purpose was to spend a great time creating a cool video to make others laugh. The other extra point was to build a PCB with non PCB materials like, paper, card, or any other thing, I’m so happy to know that paperduino was one of the inspiration to this competition.

“el sapatero” came with this great challenge in mind, and I wanted to build something really nonsense.. and started to play with stuff I have, and my wife appear with this silly boots made out of recycled card. This card boots(?) are used inside shoes to keep their original shape and I knew in that precise moment that I have to use them! :)

and the video for the challenge:

This was the first layout. I thought that I could build some kind of a walker… but I was wrong :D

This is a motor plug made with polymorph..

Polymorph plugged into the motor and with a plastic bit.. (can’t explain this in english)  lol

The polymorph structure was shaped in a way that gives fully support to the card boots.

This is the circuit, I wanted to try other non conventional PCB materials, and this time I tried with acrylic. I kinda like it.. its different…  but not an easy task..  I don’t know how many hours I spent with this..

It was a great disapointment when I saw that only the body spins.. and the boots remained still.

So I have to create another polymorph structure to give some traction to the entire system.

1st test drive

And the final result  :)

I used hotglue to reinforce the card. And this makes a cool accoustic sound coming from the boots  :)

And another quick testdrive :)

Talkie Walkie and made a challenge to build a robot only with one servo, and this was what I came up with.

I used the sound sensor I’ve done a few days ago and a little paper-boat + a servo and a box and this is the result :)

This how the puppet works:

A hole was digger on a card box, and the micro servo is glued to the box as you can see.
One piece of paper is glued to the servo horn, and this will make the puppet talk movement.
Another piece of paper is glued to the box and it will be fixed and hold the puppet.

This is how the puppet is glued to the paper supports.   ;)