Graffiti artists replicate The Matrix on Instructables.com--and win $15,000 Universal Laser Cutter!

Instructables and Universal Laser are happy to announce that the incredibly creative Instructable, How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) has won the Grand Prize in the 2008 Instructables.com and Universal Laser Cutter Contest: a 40-watt VersaLaser laser cutter valued at over $15,000!

Grand Prize Winner

How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time)

How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) provides an extremely detailed Instructables tutorial on how to build a cheap, portable special-effects rig to create "bullet-time" animations--a technique, popularized in The Matrix movies, where the audience's point-of-view moves around the scene at normal speed while the action on screen is slowed down.
"We want to inspire great ideas and provide skills, tools, and shared know-how," Instructables CEO Eric Wilhelm explained. "This project represents exactly what we're trying to achieve with Instructables."
The DIY Bullet Time Instructable was created and documented by the Graffiti Research Lab, an open-source urban art and communication collective supported by the Free Art & Technology Lab, a Brooklyn-based non-profit research lab creating work at the intersection of popular culture and the public domain.
"This will be the cornerstone of our new lab space," said GRL member fi5e. "A whole crew of creative people are really excited to put this thing to use! Thanks for helping us bring the VersaLaser to Brooklyn."
The winner was chosen by votes from Instructables users and our panel of expert judges, who reviewed the 14 finalists drawn from a pool of over 600 entries.

Congratulations to fi5e and everyone at the GRL - we know you'll really put the VersaLaser to work, and can't wait to see what great things you make!

First Prize
(in alphabetical order)

Second Prize
The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order.

30 minute USB microscope
The Ambience Enhancer
Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft
Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up.
Cool Wave Ring
Dollar Store Parabolic Mic
Handcut inlay
A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised
How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf
How to make a pair of Angel Wings
How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot)
Make DIY Vanilla Extract
"Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal
Solid Wood Digital Clock
The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more!
Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy
TiggerBot II Robot
Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod)
U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)
Wooden Gear Clock

Expert Judges

To help us judge, we assembled an amazing team of expert designers, engineers, hackers, journalists, scientists, technologists, and other really smart people. They spent hours examining each of the finalists Instructables and helping us make a decision. We'd like to send a huge "Thank You" to each of our incredible judges. We couldn't have done it without you.
Violet Blue (author, blogger, podcaster, columnist, and SRL vet)
Gareth Branwyn (Contributing Editor, MAKE Magazine)
Zoz Brooks (Host, of the upcoming TV Show Prototype This)
Joe Brown (Editor, Wired Magazine)
Colin Bulthaup (CTO of Potenco, co-founder Squid Labs)
David Calkins (Co-founder of RoboGames)
Julia Cosgrove (Deputy Editor, ReadyMade Magazine)
Chris Csikszentmihalyi (Professor at the MIT Media Lab, Computing Culture Group)
Simone Davalos (Co-founder of RoboGames)
Lenore Edman (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)
Dan Goldwater (Founder of monkeylectric, co-founder Squid Labs)
Saul Griffith (President of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs, MacArthur Fellow)
Duncan Haberly (Instructables)
Matthew Hancher (NASA Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division)
Brian Lam (Editor, Gizmodo)
Ed Lewis (Instructables)
Jeffrey McGrew (Designer, Because We Can)
Chuck Messer (Tackle Design, The Open Prosthetics Project, host of Discovery's Smash Lab)
Megan Miller (Editor, PopSci)
Jim Newton (Founder of TechShop)
Quinn Norton (Journalist)
Windell Oskay (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)
David Pescovitz (BoingBoing, Institute for the Future, MAKE Magazine)
Cloude Porteus (Instructables)
Randy Sarafan (Instructables, Eyebeam Resident)
Peter Semmelhack (Founder of Buglabs)
Tyghe Trimble (News Editor, Discover Magazine)
Noah Weinstein (Instructables)
Eric Wilhelm (CEO of Instructables, co-founder Squid Labs)
Dan Woods (Associate Publisher, MAKE Magazine)

For the full information on how the winners were chosen, click here.

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Great job, everyone! I didn't realize how prestigious some of those judges you have are...except that Eric Wilhelm guy, who's he?
Hahahaha! Yeah, who could he ever be? Eric Wilhelm... ring a bell?
 He's the CEO of Instructables stupid
 If you read it correctly, you would realize that the terms "hahahahah" usually mean they are joking.

They know who he is.  

Your rude comments are not appreciated.  Please consider this before commenting/posting again. 
Hello Effector, and welcome, I'd like to note that the best way to introduce yourself into a community does not begin by bringing up a years old thread just to call someone stupid.
Who's Eric? Eric... Eric... I'm heard that name somewhere... Oh yeah that's right. He was the pizza guy last night.
Yeah. Never heard of that guy.
Gjdj3 Gjdj38 years ago
"To help us judge, we assembled an amazing team of expert designers, engineers, hackers, journalists, scientists, technologists, and other really smart people."

Somehow funny to me. :-)
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