Last night @ChrisGammell and @JeriEllsworth announced the 555 contest winners… Somehow I missed the live announcements but HERE is the link to the contests homepage where the recorded video announcement and the prize winners list may be found.
My congrats to all the winners but especially to everyone involved. There were lots of great entries. The judges were:
- Jeri Ellsworth
- Chris Gammel
- Adafruit Industries
- Phil Torrone
- Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
- Windell Oskay
- Forrest Mims III
and finally as if that lineup is not exciting enough included the inventor of the 555 chip
- Hans Camenzind
The top prize “The Mims/Camenzind Prize” is a painting of a 555 chip donated by artist GnomeNCandle and it went to:
Tom Jenner for his – 555 Servo Controller
I personally did not have an entry due to month-long chinese parts shipment schedules combined with having to move 30 miles and a broken wrist. I was planning on entering a replica of the 1937 Hammond Novachord made completely and accurately out of 555 timer chips. I still am going to build this but at a much more leasurely pace than the month-long time limit of the contest. I will not profess that it will have near the depth and beauty of sounds and tones as the original but it should approximate it fairly closely with all of the same features. You may find details of this glorious instrument and its tale of reconstruction here!