What started out as a good idea got complicated. Sounds like any robot-project? Well.. perhaps this is why; the contest works / not works like the robots it's driven by.
DAGU first let me taste & try some of their products. Really good products, and DAGU was (and are) really polite, nice, fast responding, fair.. the kind of people that I'd like to support!
We somehow got to the idea that a new product of theirs, MR Basic, should get a promotion on LMR, while they on the other hand should sell us cheap HW and reward the 3 robots made using this kit - each with the grand price of USD 100.. What could go wrong?
Well.. as you know, first there where some issues with the kit. To be frankly there where a lot, so that part (the foundation) pretty muchfell apart :)
DAGU at least lived up (and more) to what one could expect, and not alone send people replacement parts for free, but even included a gadget.
Next, the voting..
To put it short, it turned out to be a crap idea to vote "best robots" on LMR. It sounded so innocent, but turned out that of course people did not like to vote, because they would have to discourage other fellow robot builders.. wich is pretty much everything this LMR-thing does NOT stand for (we let other sites do that).
Well.. I hope you all forgive me the crap I have done here, and know that the intentions where good. Next time we will make up something better.
HOWEVER! The robots made are really cool. And none of this should be taken so serious, it IS after all just for fun.
Just to make matters just that little extra difficult, maneuver managed to squeeze in a robot in the last second. And tell us all how great it could have been if not the base of the competition was a mess.. And then he voted it 5 stars. Or somebody did.
Since the voting is based on average, this one vote of 5 stars completely kills all competition. OMFG, what to do?
Well.. I have decided, that I will just rule here. I am sure it is a bad idea, but this whole competition was, so here goes.
The 3 winners of the doomed LMR DAGU Mr Basic contest are, in random order:
Mr.Flex (Pimp My Ride) - Bridge on the River Qwai
Mr. "Red" Adair - Firefighting robot
retro light show bot - now with extra details
A price of honor goes to
(But since it's master is about to work for the company paying the price, this can only bea price of honor, though it was in the top, judged from the votes)
- And we all know that the whole concept was a bad idea; There is no point in saying that one is better than the other, so a BIG THANKS to everyone participating, and I'd like to mention these:
Jeep Mr Basic
Mr. Passive agressive
1069-E1 - Hunting for Dust Bunnies
Mr Mouse Droid - Ericski's Mr Basic Contest Entry
Mr BASIC + AXE020
Some has really done a great job!!
- And a big thanks to rik, for tipping Make Magazine
I will NEVER make a competition like this again, we should all be winners, we will find other ways to involve vendors.
Thanks again, I suspect DAGU will get in touch with the lucky 3.
Congratiolations to you, guys! :)
PS: Thanks again for playing along.. Yes, you too ;)