element14 has decided to celebrate the fourth birthday of its popular monthly Project14 design competition, with the launch of its “Attack of the Drones” competition. The competition is a homage to Sci-Fi and its influence on drone technology.
Members can use their choice of hardware to design and develop a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) drone such as a multi-rotor or a fixed-wing drone, an FPV (first-person view) drone, a UGV (unmanned ground vehicle) drone, a UUV (unmanned underwater vehicle) drone, or a Sci-Fi inspired drone such as a Star Wars droid or Star Trek Borg.
The best entry will take away the grand prize of a $400 shopping cart from Newark, Farnell or element14. Three further members will receive a $200 shopping cart.
In honor of Arduino day, and to inspire members interested in entering the competition, the element14 community is hosting a live Arduino Day Workshop on March 27. The workshop, NanoDrone II: AI and Computer Vision with LoRa, will be hosted by element14 community members balearicdynamics and jancumps, who will present their NanoDrone II.
The NanoDrone II is an evolution of Enrico Miglino’s winning project from last year’s Arduino Day project14 challenge, “The Nanodrone” and a device that can be easily installed on a semi-autonomous UAV to cover large areas of terrain, or installed on a ground robotized device.
element14 community members who are unable to participate in the competition, but who still wish to get involved in the Sci-Fi fun, will be able to dive into a range of polls and community content on key dates in the Sci-Fi calendar, including May the Fourth (May 4), Revenge of the Sixth (May 6), and the first of appearance of the Borg on Star Trek (May 8, 1991).
The competition itself got closed on Geek Pride Day, May 25, a date the holds significance to followers of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Towel Day) and Star Wars (the release date of A New Hope in 1977).
Winners will be announced on June 5, the date which observes the first public observation of an unmanned hot air balloon flight in 1783, which many consider being the precursor to the drone.