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iRobot Scholarship Judging Answered

No, this isn't the much awaited results of the iRobot Scholarship contest, it's just a calming, soothing message from Instructables HQ. The deadline for the iRobot Scholarship submissions has passed and we have begun working on the judging process. Put your brains to rest and enjoy some 4th of July fireworks. We received many great submissions and we are going to take a few days to work through them and make sure that we take a look at every one of them. Expect to hear something back from us about the contest early next week. Thanks for all of your great submissions and all of the supportive comments.

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Hungry_Myst (author)2007-07-27

Any guesses on how long it'll take to send a create to Canada?

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loubard (author)Hungry_Myst2007-07-27

I got mine in Canada yesterday (Thursday the 26th)

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Weissensteinburg (author)loubard2008-02-08

Wow! That long? I got mine close to the end of December.

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Kira_Koenig (author)2007-07-17

Well, has anyone received a PM yet?

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I have, I know zachninme and Hungry_Myst have too.

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With so many ideas batted around, could the people that got PMs post what ideas they go the PMs for. So we don't have to got dig around for it. Thanks

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I received a PM too. Anyone get word on how soon we get 'em?

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noahw (author)SolamenteDoug2007-07-24

iRobot said that they needed about a week to ship once they had all the addresses from all the scholarship winners. They might be waiting to hear back from some critical number of users before mailing things out though, which would add on some more time to the process. In any case, we hope that they will be shipping units out soon so everyone can start building! Thanks for being patient.

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Weissensteinburg (author)noahw2007-07-25

Will the deadline for the projects be delayed? ...we don't need an extra month, but maybe an another week or two?

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noahw (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-25

I am sure that we can work something out. After all, we know what it's like to need more time ;)

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Weissensteinburg (author)noahw2007-07-25

Cool..have they gotten all the addresses yet?

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canida (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-26

Yes- I gave them all the addresses on the 18th, so they should hopefully be arriving soon! I just sent iRobot a check-in email, and will let you know if anything changes.

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zachninme (author)canida2007-07-26

Oh, phew! I thought you guys haven't even sent the addresses in! So we should probably expect them to come around the 30th? I assumed that you would have given them the addresses by say, the 28th, meaning we wouldn't get them until halfway through August! :P

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Unless they use priority mail, like instructables, in which case we would get them today or tomorrow =]

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:D:D:D:D*excited dance*:D:D:D:D:D They did say prizes would come via USPS, which is Priority Mail...

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It's bigger than I had expected! I've been thinking of different things to do with it... Make roomba by taping a swiffer sweeper thing to the bottom Attach spikes all around it, so it kills anyone it comes in contact with etc

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I'm currently scheming how to make a rechargeable home base "hideout".

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I've been thinking of making a base too, let me know if you make headway.

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Does it come with a battery? Does it have a command module? What does it come with?

I went out to get the mail this aften and there was a note on the door. I was in the living room most of the day never heard a knock or doorbell. Checked the doorbell, it was turned off. dang it. I'm gonna be gone most of tomorrow. Guess I'm gonna have to wait until Monday. sniff

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zachninme (author)SacTownSue2007-07-26

It comes with a rechargeable battery. Yes Those things, the create, some screws, a wall charger, some cables, and the 4th wheel. And I got mine delivered without signing, so thats odd.

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zachninme (author)zachninme2007-07-26

Oh, you should probably head down to the not-so-good-ole RadioShack, and buy a couple of MALE serial connectors (The 9 pinners) . I'd get at least 1 if you want to do anything.

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SacTownSue (author)zachninme2007-07-26

thanks guys. That's even better than I thought. Rechargeable batt. I was worried I'd have to buy one. I don't have any 9pin (dins?) RS here I come. On the other hand I have a decent, some might say indecent, pile o'hackables.

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zachninme (author)SacTownSue2007-07-27

I agree, its much better! (Its also much larger than I thought) And those connectors, they're DB-9, if thats what you mean. The problem is that they're female, but the ones on the back of your computer are male, so not many cheapo cables will work. Thanks guys!

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It comes with a battery and command module.

...I guess once you make it, you won't have the problem of missing the knock anymore =]

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zachninme (author)royalestel2007-07-26

While you guys think of ideas, I already published an instructable! Beat that! SUCKAS! Just kidding :P Its not my entry to the contest, but it will help some people ;-)

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I agree, its a lot bigger... (I GOT MINE TOO!!! W00TAGE!) And regarding the timeline, I'll try :P

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canida (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-26

It looks like we'll have to stick with the original schedule, so get to work!

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royalestel (author)noahw2007-07-25

Man, I am pining for the fjords with this sucka!

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SacTownSue (author)SolamenteDoug2007-07-23

canida told me: "The Creates are being shipped directly from iRobot, so I don't know what method they'll be using. I'll pass along the request for a tracking number, though. Expect it in about a week. " That was 17Jul.

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I sure hope it comes tomorrow..I'm excited =]

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Mine is for the pool skimmer, zachninme for one for his chumby bot, and hungry mist got one for controlling the create with a pda. SacTownSue got it for the hearing impaired bot.

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So, thats 6/15: Gardner Chumby+Create PDA interface Pool thingy Hearing helper (I purposely made them all short :P )

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zachninme (author)zachninme2007-07-21

8/15 Gardner Chumby PDA interface Pool thingy Hearing helper Wifi Mapper Sound Explorer

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I received a PM for Wifi Mapper.

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loubard (author)neuromancer27012007-07-18

I got a pm for my Plant Gardener.

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Mine was for the sound explorer/recorder system.

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canida (author)2007-07-11

Hi guys, here's the update.

First, we're still waiting for a couple more results to come in.

Second, we'll be sending PMs to the scholarship winners to double-check that they still plan to participate. If they won't be able to participate for whatever reason, we'll move on to the alternates. We only want to send robots to people who can and will use them, so bear with us.

As we confirm participants, we'll add their names to the scholarship winners list. It's a rolling process, so names will be posted as we work down the list.

Thanks for your patience- as you probably know from reading the forums, we're working on our contest implementation. We're definitely not going to schedule two judging-intensive contests on top of each other again, and are trying to streamline the entire procedure.

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salmanq (author)canida2007-07-27

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ewilhelm (author)canida2007-07-12

I'll update here when we start sending out the PMs.

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It's sad when you start dreaming that you recieved an e-mail... (which just happened to me) ...I think I need to take a break from checking so often.

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Wow... I got a tattoo, its the Firefox refresh icon, just for this:P

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I've PM'd noahw with my statement of continued interest and my contact information, including shipping address. That way, if I happen to be in the selected group, you don't have to wait around for two or three PM cycles; you could ship the unit immediately. I did note earlier that it seemed unlikely that the scholarship units would be in people's hands before July 18th. It looks like I was a bit optimistic.

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Weissensteinburg (author)canida2007-07-11

Awesome! Where is the scholarship winners list?

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I assume that they don't know yet. Did you get one Weiss?

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I haven't been sent a PM, you?

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No, neither me nor Hungry_Myst got anything, and one of the 4 of us should get something... probably you ;-) Phew, I got nervous. I guess I misread: we'll be sending PMs As we set PMs *waits* But no pressure or anything. We don't mind that much...

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