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Dare To Dream Different - Video List

I have made a list of links to the Dare To Dream Different competition videos people have made public on the net. You can find it in my page list or click here.

If you are a competitor in this competition and have a video of your project, you are welcome to write me where I can find your video. Then I will add it to the list.


HACS - House Access Control System with fun doorbell

This is the video presentation I submitted for round 2 of the Microsoft "Dare To Dream Different" competition.

The main functions of the system are:

  • Guard dog barks when guests arrive at the door. Activated by movement detected by a PIR sensor.
  • Doorbell playing different individual tunes, stored as MP3 files on USB memory stick. Using VMUSIC2 MP3 player module.
  • Door access control with electronic door lock and door open/close sensor.
  • Door access can be controlled remote by sending SMS to the system from a mobile phone. Using a GSM modem.
  • Door alarms are sent as SMS to predefined mobile phone number.
  • Guest can write a SMS message which is sent to a predefined mobile phone number.

Unfortunately some parts of the video is a little dark, but I hope that you can see it anyway.

As the length of the video for the competition could not be more than 10 minutes, I ran out of time to show all features in the system. Maybe I will add more video clips of this later.


Dare To Dream Different video presentation has been submitted

I have just succeeded in uploading my video presentation of my project for the Microsoft competition :-)

I was just about to believe that I had problems as in the initial papers about the videofile formats it was stated that we could only submit files less than 50MB! I could not get my video file this small and still keep a good quality of the video.

Then I just tried to log in to the upload site, and luckily they had changed the max. filesize to 100MB. OK, I had to try the upload two times, as after 15 minutes of upload, I was notified of an error in one of the text fields on the submission form. I corrected the error and as I didn't know if my first upload was successful, I had to try again. Now 15 minutes later again, I was forwarded to the "success" screen (You can see it here: http://dreamdifferentcontest.com/thanks.aspx )

Now it is time to get some sleep...

By the way - my project is titled "House Access Control System" and is as the title states an access control system but it also has a really nice enhanced personal doorbell functionality, playing MP3 tunes.

This was great fun, now I just wait and see if I make it to the final.