With just 20 days left in the Sci Fi Your Pi design challenge, some of the projects are really starting to shape up. In this week’s Design Challenge weekly summary, I am going to only cover one project update from Sci Fi Your Pi, and highlight a few of the projects that are already getting started in the Vertical Farming Design Challenge. So sit back, munch on some popcorn, and enjoy the show!
Sci Fi Your Pi Design Challenge
This week we only saw a pair of updates, one from project Knight Rider, which I am extremely happy and excited to see getting started. The second update was from Escape From The Past, which is becoming really educational! I was a little disappointed to have so few updates following a previously slow week, but as I said in my previous weekly summary, I completely understand that life gets in the way sometimes.
Project: Knight Rider
Wilson Oberholzer’s (scrpn17w) project, Knight Rider, saw its first project post this past week, and has filled us in on the project’s goals. Check out the video of the cool Larson Scanner that Oberholzer built using an Arduino and some LEDs.
The Vertical Farming Design Challenge is already in full swing with more than 20 blog post just a week into the competition. Gardening is one of my lifelong hobbies, and I actually cut my embedded electronics teeth many years ago when I first attempted to build a greenhouse automation system for one of my small greenhouses. I will be keeping a very close eye on each of the challengers projects, and I can’t express my excitement for this challenge enough!
Project: Ferris Farm
Thinking out of the box, Shane Sissons (shanesissons), has designed a vertical farm that utilizes a ferris wheel design to allow him to test different substrates to determine the best gowing medium for a vertical garden. I really like the design of project Ferris Farm, and as someone who thoroughly enjoys testing new planting mediums in his own gardens, this project really sticks out for me.
Keith Earns’ project, EDEN, is a vertical farm designed in a sort of terrarium fashion with an aeroponic nutrient delivery system on steroids that is not just user friendly, but designed to promote and sustain a very healthy ecosystem for plant life. EADEN’s goal is to become a dense vertical farm model that will efficiently utilize space, and maximize output.
Well that is it for this week. I’m looking forward to watching the projects in the Sci Fi Your Pi challenge begin to wrapup over the next few weeks, and completely stoked at the progress already being made in the Vertical Farming challenge. Before I end this post, I would like to offer the contestants of both challenges a bit of advice. I create content like this every day of my life and I just want to pass on somethings that I have learned over the years that have helped me create better post.
- Include your project's name in your blog post, as it makes it easier to find in searches.
- Try to refrain from aligning your post’s text to the center. This just breaks up the flow of your blog post, and makes it difficult to read. Please continue to center images and their captions though,
- Please keep including the sample code you write, as it is extremely helpful to anyone who is trying to do what you are doing.
I wish all of the challengers in both of the currently on-going challenges the best of luck in their projects, and I’m looking forward to reading your updates! I will once again close this post out with a quote that has helped guide me over the years.
"The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it." - Colin Wilson
Check back next Monday for another weekly Design Challenge Summary, until then remember to Hack The World and Make Awesome!