Showing posts with label Mayhem. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mayhem. Show all posts

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Make some money making Mayhem ... Only a few days left in the Make Mayhem contest!

Mayhem - The Contest: Make Your Own Mayhem

First the important part

When

The Make Your Own Mayhem Contest, 2012 runs until midnight, June 30, 2012 (Pacific Time.) “Likes” for the People’s Choice Award will be counted until midnight July 7th, 2012 (Pacific Time.) Results will be announced approximately 2 weeks after the contest closes.

The second most important part (Show me the money!!!)

Awards

  • Honorable Mention
    • Up to 50 winners, selected by our panel of judges
    • Prize: Microsoft Points card (4000 points)
  • Most Awesome Add-On
    • One winner, selected by our panel of judges
    • Prize: US $1000
  • People's Choice
    • One winner, selected by number of "Likes" on entry video
    • Prize: US $1000
  • Mayhem Master 2012
    • One winner, selected by our panel of judges
    • Prize: US $3000

Now the rest

Our vision for Mayhem is to connect everything to everything else. Clearly, we need some help. Here’s your chance to be a part of the Mayhem vision, and possibly win 3,000 dollars (US)!

The Make Your Own Mayhem Contest, 2012 is a competition to extend Mayhem. Developers are able to submit any number of creative add-ons by midnight (Pacific Time), June 30th. Submissions after the end of the competition are welcome, but are ineligible for our prizes, including the Mayhem Master's Award.

Submitted add-ons must be unique, but can contain any number of events and reactions. Some examples include:

  • An event when a certain Kinect gesture is recognized
  • eBay events (e.g. getting outbid, auction ending, etc.)
  • An event when a product goes on sale on Amazon
  • An event when roads get congested
  • An event when a Google alert is sent
  • A MIDI or DMX interface
  • Open and close a garage door
  • Make a reservation at a restaurant
  • Send a text message
  • Order lunch
Note: while you are welcome to borrow from this list, we encourage creativity – surprise us!

You can submit as many entries as you would like to increase your chances of winning. There are awards for individual add-ons, as well as our Grand Prize, the Mayhem Master’s Award 2012. The Mayhem Master’s Award goes to the designer of the best collection of add-ons.

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Why am I mentioned this? Michael Dodaro and I were emailing today about his very cool Making Mayhem with .NET Gadgeteer post (which you're going to see soon on the C4F blog) and he reminded me about this contest. And while we shy away from posting about contests on the C4F blog, I don't here, so there!

So if you feel like making some mayhem and also would like a chance to win fame and fortune too, check out the The Contest: Make Your Own Mayhem

Want some more Mayhem? Check OUT these posts;

 

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Unleashing more Mayhem with more Mayhem Module Madness and turning up the volume!
Make Mayhem! The open source, event driven, add-on enabled, graphical service connection utility

Monday, April 30, 2012

Unleashing more Mayhem with more Mayhem Module Madness and turning up the volume!

Project Mayhem - an overview

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Time to unleash Mayhem. Well, first, what is it. Mayhem lets you trivially connect any device or service to any other device or service. It would be impossible to list all the things you can do with Mayhem, but here are some examples:

  • Use your cell phone to control your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Receive an email reminder to winterize your house when the temperature drops below freezing.
  • Automatically update your Facebook status to "I'm rich!" whenever Microsoft stock hits $50 a share.
  • Add an auto-save feature to a program that doesn't have it.
  • Pause a video automatically when you leave the room.

The great thing about Mayhem is that all of these things can be done by anyone in seconds, without programming

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Project Mayhem - Creating a module

"Want to create some Mayhem? In this video, Eli walks through creating a reaction with Mayhem to alter the volume of your computer. This will hard set the volume and in the Coding4Fun article, we'll show how to go the next step and dynamically adjust the volume.

If you're not sure what Mayhem is, head over to the Make Mayhem website or hit up the Channel 9 overview of Mayhem.

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Making Mayhem with Volume Control

Why, hello there! We are going to pick up where we left off at the end of our Coding4Fun video. In the video we built a reaction that increments the volume level on the computer. We are going to expand from there to make a reaction that enables you to set the volume level to a specified volume.

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Remember to check out the CodePlex project for Mayhem, http://mayhem.codeplex.com/ where there's some more about the API, http://mayhem.codeplex.com/documentation

 

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Make Mayhem! The open source, event driven, add-on enabled, graphical service connection utility

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Make Mayhem! The open source, event driven, add-on enabled, graphical service connection utility

Microsoft has released as open source a program that helps users link different Windows applications in a single workflow.

PC World - Microsoft Open Sources Windows Scripting Tool Mayhem

The program, called Mayhem, has been donated to the Outercurve Foundation. Developed by Microsoft's applied sciences research group, Mayhem allows people with no programming skills to link together different Windows programs to carry out tasks across programs. With Mayhem, users can stage repeatable actions, like using a cellphone to control a PowerPoint presentation, or to send a user an email whenever a weather program reports that the outside temperature has fallen below a certain point.

Mayhem connects graphical programs in a way that is similar to how batch files string together programs in a command-line environment. Developers create modules for specific Windows programs that then can be used within Mayhem to identify events and trigger actions within those programs.

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Mayhem

"Our vision for Mayhem is to connect everything to everything else. Clearly, we need some help to get closer to that ideal.

If you are a developer, you can help. By contributing AddOns that extend the Mayhem universe of devices and services that can be connected together you can have the opportunity to win big in the Make Your Own Mayhem Contest. There are lots of prizes, including two US$1000 awards. And if you are a true Master of Mayhem, there is the Mayhem Master Award of US$3000!

when there isn't an app, there's mayhem

get mayhem There are a lot of great applications out there. But what do you do when you need to do something, but there isn’t an app for that? Mayhem is an application that lets you connect trigger events to reactions. Unlike writing a program, you simply select an event and a reaction, and then turn on the connection. Voila! No code or app required.

what can i do with mayhem?

The power of Mayhem is that it lets you trivially connect any device or service to any other device or service. It would be impossible to list all the things you can do with Mayhem, but here are some examples:

  • Use your cell phone to control your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Receive an email reminder to winterize your house when the temperature drops below freezing.
  • Automatically update your Facebook status to "I'm rich!" whenever Microsoft stock hits $50 a share.
  • Add an auto-save feature to a program that doesn't have it.
  • Pause a video automatically when you leave the room.
The great thing about Mayhem is that all of these things can be done by anyone in seconds, without programming!

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CodePlex - Mayhem

Project Description

Mayhem is an open source application with a near-zero learning curve. Mayhem provides a collection of triggers events and reactions, allowing non-programmers to use their computers to automate… anything! What sort of things? Chase your cat off the couch automatically. Receive a text message when your physical mail arrives. Advance to the next slide in your presentation when you wave your hand. Update your Facebook status when the weather changes. The possibilities are endless.

The key to Mayhem is that it only supports a single programming construct – when an event happens, do a reaction. This is what makes it so easy for everyone to understand. Mayhem can easily tie together disparate things such as home automation devices, social networking sites, media devices, messaging, office productivity tools, webcams, musical instruments, etc. Virtually anything that can produce or receive a trigger can be easily incorporated into the Mayhem framework.

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Okay, I'm going to have to find some time to play with this... I've seen 1.97 billion "non-programmers can program" things, so walking into it I'm a little skeptical.

But it is open source, which is cool...

And one thing I found kind of neat is that they are hosting their own Nuget repository for their add-on's. I've not seen this done much (everyone seems to pile their stuff into the nuget.org repro) so wanted to call it out. It does take 2.3 seconds to add the Mayhem repro, but once done you can easily find additional Mayhem modules

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Here's a few snaps of it running on my system;

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So in just a few seconds you can tie a RSS feed, folder change, timer, key press or even a system tray menu click to do "something" like run an app, make a sound, snap a screenshot, etc...

Here's an example of a System Tray Menu item I created called 'test' that when executed uses the text to speech reaction to say "test" (cleaver aren't I?)

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By itself it's so-so, and not something we've not seen before. The key is that it fully supports creating and sharing custom events and reactions, via the already mentioned Nuget repo...

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So there's that and again the entire application is open source...