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You have access to:
  • One network connected laptop, running an OS of your choice, Perl 5.6.1, and whatever you care to download and install.
  • One WebCam, with a 25' cable.
  • The following parts from an X10 Home Automation Kit:
    • PC Interface
    • 2 Appliance modules
    • 2 Motion detectors
  • An aquarium pump with 25' of tubing.
  • Whatever you can scrounge from your kitchen right now, including appliances (honor system applies)
  • A tennis ball and 25 feet of twine.
  • 2 1' Bungie cords
  • One roll of Duct tape
You have 1 hour day to construct a device to delight and amuse us (or any housepets you might have).

Judges are standing by to hear your device explained. Source code is not required. Votes will be alloted according to the whims of the studio audience.


bob so how do we hook up the X-10 stuff to Perl?
dave there were two articles in TPJ a while back...
bob yeah, but they're not online right now.
dave drat. well, there's the MisterHouse stuff. we can probably lift some working Perl code from there.
bob good idea. the stuff we need should be out on CPAN. i'll start installing while you check the kitchen for interesting appliances.
dave hm.. crock pot, carving knive, blender, ...
bob blender? that gives me an idea. i wonder if this laptop has a microphone.
dave ... microwave oven

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