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'Circuit Cellar AVR Contest Starter Kit'
2004\04\12@194558 by Jason S

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Any idea what sort of complexity the contest entry has to have?

Something that blinks LEDs or an internet enabled home automation system? :)

I took a look at the contest when it was first mentioned here but I've never
used an AVR, so I figured anything I could come up with in time would be too
simplistic.  The $5 subscription looks pretty nice though.

Jason


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2004\04\12@195635 by Ken Pergola

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Jason S wrote:


> I've never used an AVR, so I figured anything I could come up with in time
> would be too simplistic.

Hi Jason,

I'd say go for it Jason! Hey, you never know.
After all, where would civilization be today if the inventor of the wheel
thought it might be 'too simplistic'? :)

Have a lot fun if you enter and best wishes and good luck!

Best regards,

Ken Pergola

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2004\04\12@201943 by Shawn Wilton

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Anything you want.  If you want an idea of the complexity required to
win, check out the winner of the H8 renesas competition.  His entry was
completed in 3 days!!!

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2004\04\12@233948 by Mike Hord

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>Any idea what sort of complexity the contest entry has to have?
>
>Something that blinks LEDs or an internet enabled home automation system?
>:)

That depends on whether you want to win or not.  ;-)

>I took a look at the contest when it was first mentioned here but I've
>never
>used an AVR, so I figured anything I could come up with in time would be
>too
>simplistic.  The $5 subscription looks pretty nice though.

Seriously, though, even if you turn in a lower complexity project, it could
be
good for feedback for the next project, so you know where you stand.
Practice makes perfect!  Plus, it's never a bad idea to add a new trick to
your bag.

Mike H.

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2004\04\13@135247 by Dave Tweed

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Mike Hord <spam_OUTgaidinmdTakeThisOuTspamHOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > Any idea what sort of complexity the contest entry has to have?
> > Something that blinks LEDs or an internet enabled home automation system?
> > :)
>
> That depends on whether you want to win or not.  ;-)
>
> > I took a look at the contest when it was first mentioned here but I've
> > never used an AVR, so I figured anything I could come up with in time
> > would be too simplistic.  The $5 subscription looks pretty nice though.
>
> Seriously, though, even if you turn in a lower complexity project, it
> could be good for feedback for the next project, so you know where you
> stand. Practice makes perfect!  Plus, it's never a bad idea to add a new
> trick to your bag.

Speaking as an occasional Circuit Cellar judge (but not for this contest),
I'd remind you that Circuit Cellar is an engineering journal, and it's the
engineering that a project is judged on.

We're not looking for something "cute" or "clever". What we're looking
for is something that solves a real problem (no matter how mundane), is
a cost-effective solution for that problem, and is well-documented, such
that it could be handed off to a manufacturer for production.

I look for a clear statement of the problem and its proposed solution,
an engineering analysis of the design, clear documentation of the design
itself (schematics, software), and most importantly, verification that
the project actually meets the original goals and specifications.

-- Dave Tweed

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