Smart Juggling Balls wins Pitch for Prototypes Competition
Pitch Your Prototype winner Roger Antonsen with his $5000 check
Pitch Your Prototype winner Roger Antonsen with his $5000 check

It came down to a single point, but Smart Juggling Balls, by Roger Antonsen, squeaked past the Design Fabrication Store to win the 2014 Pitch Your Prototype competition — and the $5000. prize.

Antonsen, who is a senior lecturer at the University of Oslo, dazzled the judges with the way he used microcontrollers, sensors, and open source technologies to demonstrate the mathematics of juggling.

The Design/Fabrication Store, which came in second, is a storefront factory that leverages the efficiencies of digital tools, software, distributed manufacturing, and networked organizations to provide goods like furniture in a new way.

The D/F Store plans to offer a curated collection of objects designed for digital fabrication in a gallery-like retail space, next to a choreographed suite of digital fabrication tools. Store visitors can watch maker-pro, digital artisans producing the goods that are for sale in the store.

Other finalists included Trash Amps, the Hercules Robot, and PancakeBot.


DC Denison is the co-editor of The Maker Pro Newsletter, which covers the intersection of makers and business. That means hardware startups, new products, and market trends.

DC manages customer stories at Acquia, the digital experience company.

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