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Instructables is happy to announce the winners of the USB Contest!

Before we get to the winners we have to say that judging wasn't easy. There were so many good entries that we added an extra first prize and we still feel a little bummed about there being a cutoff. There does have to be a limit however.

So thank you very much to everyone who entered. You all rocked it with so many cool ideas in the different entries. It was an exciting contest and one that we'll likely revisit in the future. 

Also thanks to everyone who helped judge: lemonie, 1up, Grathio, Carleyy, frenzy, randofo, scoochmaroo, Culturespy, and fungus amungus.

And now, on with the winners!

Curved Circuit Board Art: Make a Touchless Touch-Switch LED Lamp style
With a wave of the hand, turn on a USB powered touch-switch LED Lamp. You do not have to actually touch the sensor. It is so sensitive, it will activate by the presence of a finger an inch or two away...
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How to build a wireless hexapod robot style
Here's a video of it in action. Facebook page so you can keep up to date on v2 When completed, you will have a walking robot that is about 2 feet wide and stands as much as a foot tall.  It has lots...
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Power Laces- the Auto lacing shoe style
UPDATE:  You can help bring Power Laces to market!  Click here to Support the Future! Also, check out Power Laces: Version 2.0 Why wait until 2015? Inspired by 'Back to The Future II', this...
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Computer control of AC devices style
If you have ever wanted to control electronic devices from your computer to control or regulate your environment, this instructable will guide you. In this example of computer control, a USB relay dev...
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Google Maps + Exercise Bike = Virtual Bike Ride style
Hook up your exercise bike to Google Maps and turn your boring stationary bike into a virtual reality excursion!
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Miniature USB powered Marble Machine with USB port style
The USB Miniature Marble machine was inspired by this machine I found here.  I thought it would be cool to have a miniature version for my desk, so I set about building it. I didn't have any particul...
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USB Bike Generator style
The USB Bike Generator is a small bike mounted electricity producing device optimized to provide power for two USB ports.  There are so many small electronics that can be powered or charged from a USB...
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USB Powered Mystic Light style
This instructable will show you how to easily build a USB Powered Mystic Light using readily available and inexpensive parts.  Not only is this easy to make but its fun to experiment with and create i...
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