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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
Hungry_Myst

13 years ago

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

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loubard
loubard

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Kira_Koenig
Kira_Koenig

13 years ago

Well, has anyone received a PM yet?

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

I have, I know zachninme and Hungry_Myst have too.

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neuromancer2701
neuromancer2701

Reply 13 years ago

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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SolamenteDoug
SolamenteDoug

Reply 13 years ago

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

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noahw
noahw

Reply 13 years ago

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
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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
noahw

Reply 13 years ago

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
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Cool..have they gotten all the addresses yet?

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canida
canida

Reply 13 years ago

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
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

: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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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Mine too! WOOT!

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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

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SacTownSue
SacTownSue

Reply 13 years ago

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
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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
SacTownSue

Reply 13 years ago

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
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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

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canida
canida

Reply 13 years ago

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

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

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

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SacTownSue
SacTownSue

Reply 13 years ago

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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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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

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vector023
vector023

Reply 13 years ago

I received a PM for Wifi Mapper.

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loubard
loubard

Reply 13 years ago

I got a pm for my Plant Gardener.

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Diane Blackwood
Diane Blackwood

Reply 13 years ago

Mine was for the sound explorer/recorder system.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

SacTownSue got one as well.

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canida
canida

13 years ago

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
salmanq

Reply 13 years ago

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

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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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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

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Wesley R. Elsberry
Wesley R. Elsberry

Reply 13 years ago

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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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks Eric!

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

Reply 13 years ago

Awesome! Where is the scholarship winners list?

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

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...