Type Of Challenge: Technology demonstration and hardware

Timeline

  • Submission start (ET):
    09/26/2018 09:00 AM UTC
  • Submission end (ET):
    01/31/2019 02:59 AM UTC

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C, and 92 times the surface pressure of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Prior missions have only survived hours! But an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) could solve this problem. By utilizing high-temperature alloys, the clockwork rover would survive for months, allowing it to collect and return valuable long-term science data from the surface of Venus. To learn more about the automaton rover, see this link.

At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we are turning this innovative concept into reality under a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) funded study. We’ve been working hard on this project, but we could use YOUR help to address some of our toughest mechanical design challenges! The Mechanical Maker Challenges are a series of challenges seeking to engage YOUR creativity to invent mechanical ways of performing traditionally electrical tasks. Challenges will be released in series, one at a time.

Our Inaugural Challenge: The Mechanical Eye

Currently, there are no cameras or imagers that work for more than a few minutes at Venus temperatures. However, imagery is critical for both informing science and public engagement. In the words of Carl Sagan “It is within our capability to land a rover on Mars that could scan its surroundings, see the most interesting place in its field of view and, by the same time tomorrow, be there. Such a mission would reap enormous scientific benefits, even if there is no life on Mars. Public interest in such a mission would be sizable. Every day a new set of vistas would arrive on our home television screens.” Similarly, for Venus, imagery on a long duration rover is critical. The driving science goal for the mechanical, clockwork style camera is to take images of rocks and geologic features near the rover. This provides context for any samples obtained so relationships between the sample and the rest of Venus geology can be better understood.

The Challenge: Build a mechanical camera system that:

  • Has a field of view of 2 meter x 2 meters at 2.5 meters from the camera (angular field of view about 60 degrees)
  • Has a maximum pixel size of 10 mm x 10 mm (minimum resolution of 200 x 200 pixels)
  • Converts the image into an electrical or rotational signal. This electrical or rotational signal must be transmitted at least 1 meter to another location, and then used to reconstruct the image.
  • Completes the task within 5 hours.

Demonstration at JPL and Commemorative Mechanical Maker Challenge Coin - First Place

$1,000

The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on their device at JPL/Caltech. JPL/Caltech will cover all travel costs up to $1,000. 

First place winner will also receive a Commemorative Mechanical Maker Challenge Coin.

Commemorative Mechanical Maker Challenge Coin - Second Place

Get serious bragging rights with the mechanical maker challenge coin. The top 3 entries (First, Second, and Third) will receive a coin.

Commemorative Mechanical Maker Challenge Coin - Third Place

Get serious bragging rights with the mechanical maker challenge coin. The top 3 entries (First, Second, and Third) will receive a coin.

See requirements and official rules and terms below:

REQUIREMENTS

Build a mechanical camera system that:

  • Has a field of view of 2 meter x 2 meters at 2.5 meters from the camera (angular field of view about 60 degrees)
  • Has a maximum pixel size of 10 mm x 10 mm (minimum resolution of 200 x 200 pixels)
  • Converts the image into an electrical or rotational signal. This electrical or rotational signal must be transmitted at least 1 meter to another location, and then used to reconstruct the image.
  • Completes the task within 5 hours.

Constraints:

  • Electronics: Some simple electrical components are allowed including wires, resistors, inductors, capacitors, one photo diode, and a maximum of one op amp. (High temperature photodiodes are a realistic technology that many foresee on the near horizon. Hence, a hybrid electro/mechanical solution is likely possible, using very minimal electronics.)
  • Size: The entire mechanical camera must fit in a box 200 mm x 200 mm x 200 mm. (it is acceptable to have elements which extend or deploy outside of the box during operation). The box and limitations do not include the image reconstruction device.
  • Inputs: The maximum number of inputs are one rotating shaft and two wires. The rotating shaft may be of any size, rotated at any speed, with any amount of torque desired (note, shaft can be connected to a motor outside of the box). One of the wires is for power wire and the other ground/neutral. The maximum voltage difference across the wires shall be 9 V or less, and a maximum current of 300 mA (i.e. essentially can be driven by a 9V battery).
  • Outputs: The camera must provide outputs via either electrical signals or rotating shafts. The maximum number of outputs from the camera are 3 (i.e. 3 wires or 3 rotating shafts, or a combination of wires and rotational shafts). There are no limits on the technology that can be connected to the receiving end of the outputs one meter away. 

Basic Reference Image for Judging:

  • The camera must take an image of a regulation size 7 basketball (9.4 to 9.55 inches in diameter) and an upright rectangular object (e.g. a wooden board) which is 24” by 48”. A regulation size tennis ball must be in the imaging area (2.57 to 2.70 inches in diameter). Objects are to be aligned 2.5 meters from the camera imaging area (see graphic below). Background may be any color. Exact placement of the objects within the frame (side to side and height) are not critical, as long as objects are fully in the frame and in a plane 2.5 meters from the imager.
  • An image with a digital camera must be taken from the same vantage point as the mechanical camera. This image will be used to calculate image accuracy.

 

Scoring:

  • Scoring is divided into a baseline point and then bonus points. The final score is calculated as follows:
  • Final Score = (Baseline Score)*(1.0 + Bonus Score)
    • “Object Resolved” is defined as the contest judges being able to identify the object in the picture taken by the mechanical eye. The image taken with the mechanical camera will be compared with the digital camera image and objects must be in the same locations. For the object to be resolved, the object must also consume the following minimum number of pixels in the image.
      • Minimum of 6,000 pixels
      • Minimum of 288 pixels
      • 80 points are received for resolving the 24” by 48” box
      • 120 points are received for resolving the Basketball.
      • Tennis ball is not required to be resolved, but doing so will result in bonus points (see details below).
    • Time to take the Image: the number of full minutes required to take the image and transmit it for reconstruction (but not necessarily the time to reconstruct the image).
    • Area Size Imaged: More than a 2 meter by 2 meter area may be imaged, but this does not add any bonus.
    • Additional opportunities for points are available by accomplishing the following. The Final score is calculated as follows:
    • Bonus Score = Detailed Image+ High Temperature + Wires Only + Color Image + Limited Information 
      • Detailed Image: You receive a bonus of 2.0 if your image can resolve the tennis ball, which has a minimum size of 20 pixels.
      • High Temperature: You receive a bonus of 1.0 for high temperature if you can place your device in an oven on the “clean setting” (must be above 233C) for two hours, and take the submitted image afterwards. You receive a bonus of 2.0 if you can place your device in an oven measured at 500C (likely a heat treat furnace) for two hours and take the submitted image afterwards.
      • Wires Only: If you find a way of accomplishing the camera with only wires, and no other electrical components (i.e. no photo diodes, capacitors, etc.), you receive a bonus of 1.0.
      • Color Image: You receive a bonus of 2.0 if your reconstructed image includes color, instead of grayscale.
      • Limited Information: You receive a bonus of 1.0 if you only use two output devices. You receive a bonus of 2.0 if you only use one output device.
    • Baseline Score = Points Per Objects Resolved/(Time to Take Image (in minutes)+10)
    • Bonus Score:

Submission Requirements: The contestants must submit a video (via a link to an online video sharing platform like YouTube) of the mechanical camera working, and fully describe how it operates so it is clear to the reviewers. They must also submit the transmitted reconstructed image, and the digital image of the same scene the mechanical camera was capturing, and details on how the signals were reconstructed into an image.

Submission Due Date: 1/30/2019 at 11:59:00 PM PT (1/31/2019 at 02:59:00 AM ET). Video must be received prior to the due date for entry to be valid. Winners will be notified and announced on approximately 4 weeks later. Winning demonstration videos will be posted to the challenge website.

The Reward: Honor, fame and fortune if successful! Well not so much the fortune part, but definitely plenty of bragging rights. The top 3 contestants will receive a unique 3D printed coin from the Mechanical Maker Challenge. The top winning design will also be provided their choice of an opportunity to visit JPL and demonstrate their design (as well as a tour of the facilities).

OFFICIAL RULES: 

  1. DESCRIPTION: The "Mechanical Eye” Challenge (the "Challenge") begins at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time ("ET") on 9/25/18 or as soon as the challenged is posted to challenge.gov and ends at 11:59:00 p.m. PT on 1/30/19 (the "Challenge Period"). The Challenge provides members of the public with the opportunity to design a mechanical eye system that follows specifications in section 4. By participating in the Challenge, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA Headquarters; 300 E Street SW; Washington DC 20024-3210) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology (4800 Oak Grove Drive; Pasadena, CA 91101) (collectively, the "Sponsors"), which shall be final and binding in all respects. By participating in this Challenge, each Entrant also unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by the rules for prize provision set out in sections 6 and 7. If a team completes this challenge, then one selected member of the team must serve as the Entrant.
  2. WHO CAN ENTER: The Challenge is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and U.S. Possessions over the age of eighteen (18). Employees of Sponsors and their affiliates (collectively, the "Challenge Entities") and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to enter the Challenge or win a prize.
  3. HOW TO ENTER: Eligible entrants must follow the online instructions for uploading the following data (the “Submission”) to http://www.challenge.gov/challenge/mechanical-maker (the “Challenge Website”):

The entry must be submitted by the notice end date, and consists of:

(a)         a link to a video of their mechanical camera working, per instructions in Section 4;

(b)         a full description (in text or in video) of how the mechanical camera operates;

(c)         an upload of the transmitted reconstructed image;

(d)         an upload of a digital image of the same scene the mechanical camera was capturing;

(e)         details (in text) of how the signals were reconstructed into an image;

All Submissions must be received during the Challenge Period.  Limit one entry per person and/or team.  No substitutions of new versions of a Submission will be accepted once the original Submission is submitted for consideration. All requested information must be completed to enter and to be eligible to win. Except as otherwise contemplated in these Official Rules, information collected in connection with this Challenge will be used by Sponsors in accordance with the privacy policy available at the Website. Any communication or information transmitted to Sponsors and/or the Website by electronic mail or otherwise is and will be treated as non-confidential and nonproprietary, except for personal information as protected by the Challenge privacy policy.  Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Sponsors shall have no liability for any Submission that is lost, intercepted or not received by the Sponsors.

  1. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Each Submission that is entered into the Challenge must meet the following "Submission Requirements" (any Submission that, in Sponsors' sole and absolute discretion, fails to meet the following criteria will be disqualified):

(a) The Submission must be the entrant's own, original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work;

(b) The Submission must meet the following requirements.

  • the video must be submitted in any format that works with YouTube. The video must fully explain how the system works, and illustrate the system working, and show how the data is received and translated, but must be no longer than 30 minutes.
  • the video must be uploaded to YouTube.
  • the images must be submitted in .jpg or .png format. Maximum size of all images is 50 MB.
  • explanation as to how the signals were reconstructed into an image must be provided in a .pdf. Maximum size if 5 MB.
  • the mechanical eye design model featured in the video must comply with the following specifications:

o            Overarching: The mechanical system must have a field of view 2 meter x 2 meter at 2.5 meters from the camera with a maximum pixel size of 10 mm x 10 mm (minimum resolution of 200 x 200 pixels, this is a FOV of roughly 60 degrees), and convert the image into an electrical or rotational signal. This electrical or rotational signal must be transmitted at least 1 meter to another location, and then used to reconstruct the image. The maximum amount of time allowed to take an image is 5 hours.

o            Electronics:

Some simple electrical components are allowed. The allowed components include wires, inductors, capacitors, resistors, and one photo diode. (High temperature photodiodes are a realistic technology that many foresee on the near horizon. Hence, a hybrid electro/mechanical solution is likely possible, using very minimal electronics.)

o            Size:

The entire mechanical camera must fit in a box 200 mm x 200 mm x 200 mm. (it is acceptable to have elements which extend or deploy outside of the box during operation). The box and limitations do not include the image reconstruction device our output shaft/electronic signal.

o            Inputs:

The maximum number of inputs are one rotating shaft and two wires. The rotating shaft may be of any size, rotated at any speed, with any amount of torque desired (note, shaft can be connected to a motor outside of the box). The two wires are allowed, with one power wire and one ground. The maximum voltage difference across the wires may be 9 V, and a maximum current of 300 mA (i.e. essentially can be driven by a 9V battery).

o            Outputs:

The camera must provide outputs via either electrical signals or rotating shafts. The maximum number of outputs from the camera are 3 (i.e. 3 wires or 3 rotating shafts, or a combination of wires and rotational shafts). If wireless communication is used, there is no limit on the frequency range used.

o            Products:

The camera must take an image of a regulation size 7 basketball (9.4 to 9.55 inches in diameter) and an upright rectangular object (e.g.  a wooden board) which is 24” by 48”. A regulation size tennis ball must be in the imaging area (2.57 to 2.70 inches in diameter). Objects are to be aligned 2.5 meters from the camera imaging area (see graphic below). Background can be any color users choice. Exact placement of the objects within the frame (side to side and height) are not critical, as long as objects are fully in the frame and in a plane 2.5 meters from the imager.

 

An image with a digital camera must be taken from the same vantage point as the mechanical camera. This image will be used to judge image accuracy.

Neither YouTube nor any companies affiliated with it are a sponsor or otherwise an endorser of the Challenge

  1. CHALLENGE SUBMISSION AND WINNER SELECTION: At the conclusion of the Challenge Period, and assuming a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, Sponsors or their designees will select a total of one (1) Finalist “Finalist” Submission and two (2) Semifinalist “Semifinalist” Submissions.

Judging criteria scoring divided into baseline and bonus points: The final score is calculated as follows:

Final Score = (Baseline Score)*(1.0 + Bonus Score)

Baseline Score = Points Per Objects Resolved/(Time to Take Image (in minutes)+10)

  • “Object Resolved” is defined as the contest judges being able to identify the object in the picture taken by the mechanical eye. The image taken with the mechanical camera will be compared with the digital camera image and objects must be in the same locations. For the object to be resolved, the object must also consume the following minimum number of pixels in the image.
  • 80 points are received for resolving the 24” by 48” box
    • Minimum of 6,000 pixels
  • 120 points are received for resolving the Basketball.
    • Minimum of 288 pixels
  • Tennis ball is not required to be resolved, but doing so will result in bonus points (see details below).
  • Time to take the Image: the number of full minutes required to take the image and transmit it for reconstruction (but not necessarily the time to reconstruct the image).
  • Area Size Imaged: More than a 2 meter by 2 meter area may be imaged, but this does not add any bonus.

Bonus Score:

Additional opportunities for points are available by accomplishing the following, with the Final score calculated as follows:

  • Bonus Score = Detailed Image+ High Temperature + Wires Only + Color Image + Limited Information + Wireless Communication
  • Detailed Image: You receive a bonus of 2.0 if your image can resolve the tennis ball, which has a minimum size of 20 pixels.
  • High Temperature: You receive a bonus of 1.0 for high temperature if you can place your device in an oven on the “clean setting” (must be above 450 F) for two hours, and take the submitted image afterwards. You receive a bonus of 2.0 if you can place your device in an oven measured at 500C (likely a heat treat furnace) for two hours and take the submitted image afterwards.
  • Wires Only: If you find a way of accomplishing the camera with only wires, a no other electrical components (i.e. no photo diodes, capacitors, etc.), you receive a bonus of 1.0.
  • Color Image: You receive a bonus of 2.0 if your reconstructed image includes color, instead of grayscale.
  • Limited Information: You receive a bonus of 1.0 if you only use two output devices. You receive a bonus of 2.0 if you only use one output device.
  • Wireless Communication: You receive a bonus of 2.0 if you are able to wirelessly communicate image outputs.

In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged in accordance with criteria listed above to determine the Finalist.   The Finalist’s and Semifinalists’ Submissions will be posted on the Website.  The Finalist (and Semifinalists) will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail using the contact information provided at the time of entry. Sponsors shall have no liability for any notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the Finalist for any reason. If any potential Finalist or Semi-Finalist does not respond within the time required by Sponsors , or if the notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to any potential Finalist or Semi-Finalists, such potential Finalist or Semi-Finalists will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate may be selected. If any potential Finalist or Semi-Finalists is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines the prize for any reason, such potential Finalist or Semi-Finalists will be disqualified and the prize and/or status may be awarded to the next highest scoring Submission.

  1. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES:

The following prizes will be provided by Sponsors  and awarded by Sponsors.

One (1) Finalist Prize: The Finalist Prize consists of a 2-day/1-night trip for the winner to visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, demonstrate of their design, and give a brief presentation on the design.  The winner must demonstrate their design, and give a brief presentation on their design during the trip. The trip includes round-trip coach air transportation from gateway airport nearest the Finalist’s home and hotel accommodations (1 room, single occupancy or 1 room, double occupancy in the case of multiple travelers).  The Finalist will also receive a 3D-printed commemorative “Mechanical Maker Challenge coin.”  The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Prize is $1010. Maximum value of reimbursed travel is $1,000. Multiple individuals may travel, provided total reimbursed travel cost does not exceed $1,000 for all travelers. If multiple individuals travel, all must participate in the design demonstration and/or presentation. If accompanied, the Finalist and his or her travel companion(s) must travel together on the same itinerary and possess all required travel documents, including a valid photo ID, if and as applicable. Air transportation tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable and are not valid for upgrades and/or frequent flyer miles. All air transportation tickets are subject to the vagaries of flight variation, work stoppages and schedule or route changes. ARV for travel prizes may vary depending upon points of departure and destination and fare fluctuations. If the closest airport to a prize winner’s home is in close enough proximity to prize destination city so that, as Sponsors   may determine in their sole discretion, a flight is unnecessary, such prize winner will receive alternate transportation from the Sponsors   with no further obligation to the winner. The Finalist will not receive cash or any other form of compensation if actual travel costs are less than the Grand Prize ARV in these Official Rules. Sponsors  reserve the right to structure the travel route and select hotels in their sole discretion. In the event the Finalist (and, his/her travel companion(s)) engages in behavior that (as determined by Sponsors   in their sole and absolute discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsors  reserve the right to terminate the trip or other applicable experience early, in whole or in part, and send the Finalist (and his or her travel companion(s)) home with no further compensation.

If the Finalist is unable to participate in the Prize trip during the dates set forth by Sponsors , the Prize will be forfeited in its entirety. In the event that the Prize trip does not or cannot take place as scheduled or at all, for reasons including, but not limited to, scheduling conflicts, cancellations, postponement, an event of force majeure, or for any other reason, then the Finalist will not receive any compensation and such amount plus the remaining components, if any, of the Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsors prize obligation to the Prize Winner, and no other or additional compensation will be awarded. Excepting the preceding sentence, no cash alternative or prize substitutions will be allowed, except Sponsors  reserve the right to substitute prize(s) of comparable value if a prize listed is unavailable for any reason.

One (1) Finalist Prize is available.  Each Finalist Prize is valued at $1010.  Two (e) Semi-Finalist Prizes are available: Each Semi-Finalist Prize consists of a 3D-printed commemorative “Mechanical Maker Challenge coin” valued at $10.00.

  1. GENERAL RULES: Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Winners may make no substitution or transfer of prize. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of winner. Not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, incomplete or illegible entries.

The potential Prize Winner, must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility certifying that the Submission is the entrant's original work, that the entrant owns the right to the work, that the Submission has not previously won a prize in a national challenge nor has been previously published in a national publication, and that the entrant has followed the Official Rules of the challenge, along with an Affidavit/Release/Prize Acceptance Form, and their travel companion must sign a Travel Companion Liability/Publicity Release. (collectively, the "Prize Claim Documents"). If a Prize winner fails or refuses to sign and return all Prize Claim Documents within seven (7) days of prize notification (or a shorter time if required by exigencies), the Prize winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected. The Prize winner's travel companion(s) must execute a Travel Companion Liability/Publicity Release prior to ticketing.  At the Prize Provider’s sole discretion, the Finalist and Semi-Finalists and Finalists may also be required to sign Prize Claim Documents.

The Sponsor is not responsible if the ability to travel and visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is cancelled or delayed for any reason.  NASA and JPL-Caltech are not responsible if prize provision is cancelled or delayed for any reason.

  1. GRANT OF RIGHTS: Any information, know-how, data, results, and inventions, and associated intellectual property, that is made, discovered, created, invented or generated by the Entrant or its Affiliate in any activities or work under this Agreement shall be freely available to the Sponsor for future use without any limitations to the Sponsor, and without requiring any form of license. Each entrant who enters into the Challenge hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells, assigns and conveys to the Sponsors, their successors and assigns, all present and future right, title and interest of every kind and nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all derivative rights) in and to the Submission for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised. Sponsors shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter the Submission for any purpose which Sponsors and/ deem necessary or desirable, and each entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have therein. Each entrant hereby acknowledges that such entrant does not reserve any rights in or to the Submission.
  2. PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Challenge, in addition to any other grants which may be granted in any other agreement entered into between Sponsors, and the Finalist and Semifinalists of the Challenge, each Finalist and Semi-finalist irrevocably grants the Promotion Entities and their respective successors, assigns and licensees, the right to use such entrant’s Submission (with the exception of personally identified data identified in the Privacy Policy), in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes as well as in, on or in connection with the Submission, the Website, the Challenge or other promotions, and hereby releases the Promotion Entities, and their respective successors, assigns and licensees from any liability with respect thereto.
  3. GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE: Entrants agree that the Sponsors (a) shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the Challenge or any Challenge-related activity, or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of the prize(s), and (b) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to the prize(s), including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose.

Sponsors  assume no responsibility for any damage to an entrant’s computer system that is occasioned by accessing the Website or participating in the Challenge, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature caused by circumstances beyond its reasonable control. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Sponsors  are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, or stolen Submissions, Submission or prize notifications; or, for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to  capture any information. Sponsors  reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge or the Website, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsman-like or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event an insufficient number of eligible Submissions are received or Sponsors  are prevented from awarding prize(s) or continuing with the Challenge as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal, state, provincial or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis (e.g. SARS), order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsors'  ’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsors   shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the Challenge. If the Challenge is terminated for Force Majeure before the designated end date, Sponsors may (if possible) select the winners from all eligible, non-suspect submissions received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except in a written document issued in accordance with the law by a duly authorized representative of Sponsors. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

  1. DATES & DEADLINES/ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF

ENTRANTS: Because of the unique nature and scope of the Challenge, Sponsors  reserve the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any date(s) or deadline(s) set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Challenge. Sponsors  make no representation or prediction with respect to the number of entrants.

  1. FURTHER DOCUMENTATION: If Sponsors shall desire to secure additional assignments, certificates of engagement for the Submission or other documents as Sponsors may reasonably require in the effect of the purposes and intents of these Official Rules, then each entrant agrees to sign the same upon Sponsors' request.
  2. PRIVACY POLICY: All Submissions will be subject to the “Mechanical Eye” privacy policy, available on the Website.
  3. GOVERNING LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations as between entrant and the Promotion Entities in connection with the Challenge shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the United States and the State of California without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state’s, province's, country's or jurisdiction’s laws.
  1. WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of any legally required winners list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: ATTN: Jonathan, Sauder "Mechanical Eye Challenge”; Jet Propulsion Laboratory MS 299-101; 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109-8099. All such requests must be received by four (4) weeks after the end of the Challenge Period. The winners' names will also be posted on http://www.challenge.gov/challenge/mechanical-maker after Jan. 03, 2018. 

Submit your entry by uploading a video to Youtube, and then completing the submission form on Challenge.gov.

In your submission, be sure to include:

  • (a) a link to a video of their mechanical camera working
  • (b) a full description (in text or in the uploaded video) of how the mechanical camera operates;
  • (c) an upload of the transmitted reconstructed image;
  • (d) an upload of a digital image of the same scene the mechanical camera was capturing;
  • (e) details (in text) of how the signals were reconstructed into an image;

Note: uploads of videos will not be accepted through the challenge.gov website. Neither YouTube nor any companies affiliated with it are a sponsor or otherwise an endorser of the Challenge.