During the element14 Community Awards, we took a look at which of the RoadTests you enjoyed the most in 2015.
But today we want to shift the spotlight onto those members who took part in the programs, and tested, dissected and connected with the vast range of hot tech that passed through the Community over the last 12 months.
If there was a RoadTest review that caught your eye, or you took part in one and want to share it with us all, add it to the comments section below so it won't go forgotten.
A fine example of a RoadTest with superb imagery and a great unboxing video of the kit. Working with a kit like this to produce both an informative review and a practical application isn't easy, despite how Dragan made it look when he tackled the Texas Instruments & Würth Elektronik LED RoadTest. Good work, Dragan!
Lucie's one of our more prolific members here at element14, and has taken part in her share of RoadTests (and other programs). And she really knows her way around a board like the Gizmo 2, with a great review that drilled down into the guts of the device, while keeping things nicely concise. How RoadTests should be done!
Another element14 stalwart, Frederick Vandenbosch, offered up a fantastic example of a RoadTest done right when he took a microscope to the TI SimpleLink IoT SensorTag. Supported by lots of great images and video, you feel like you've used the device yourself after reading his expert review.
Although we've already looked at an excellent review of the Texas Instruments and Würth Elektronik LED RoadTest, it's the reviews themselves that are our focus, and this one from Kamrul Hussain demands attention. It's his first ever RoadTest for element14, and his coverage is a detailed, and entertaining read. Indeed, this blog post stands alone as well worth reading, RoadTest review aside. Keep up the excellent, Kamrul!
For me personally, this is quintessentially what RoadTests are all about. Independent reviews of equipment that isn't a casual purchase. An oscilloscope like this is a major purchase, and requires careful consideration. Luckily, Peter did all the considerating (is that a word?) for us in this first class review. Check it out.
Robert's put together not only an in-depth review, but a fine example of how a good project is the best test for many types of boards and technology. Following his example would be a great way to get yourself considered for future RoadTests.
Yes, we love to get those long and detailed reviews, but not every device requires a full forensic dissection. As David shows here, a tightly written and engaging review can be just as effective. Interestingly enough, David's gone on to become an element14 Member of the Month, with this RoadTest playing no small part in that decision.
We have a lot of beginners in electronics here at element14, but we have just as many seasoned experts and engineers, so Joao's RPi 2 BitTorrent client stands out as serving the latter crowd, which is much harder to do. First rate project, too. Good work, Joao!
A tricky part of reviewing anything (and I've plenty of experience in this myself) is working to uncover every possible feature, beyond those that immediately catch your eye, are most obvious, or are of particular interest to yourself. Here, Jessie got right under the hood of this 3D printer, and the whole element14 Community benefited from it.
by Jan Cumps
Okay, this isn't actually a RoadTest review, but what Jan's done here deserves just as much merit, and a spot in our Year in Review. An experienced element14 member and RoadTester, Jan's offered up sage words of wisdom for the rest of us on how to make your application for RoadTests. This is invaluable reading, especially for your first application, so thumbs up to Jan for his service to the Community!