Well, this is jolly exciting, because one of the things on my “wish list” is a modern oscilloscope (as opposed to the monstrous CRT-based clunker that resides in the bay across the hall — a beast that requires two strong men to lug it around on a good day).
(Source: Rohde & Schwarz)
This little beauty has been designed to provide lab performance in a rugged, hand-held, battery-powered portable form factor. Now, I don’t know about you, but rugged is something I definitely need in my equipment. With the best will in the world, when I'm working on a project it seems that something is always getting dropped or spilled or whatever.
Things are even worse when you're wandering round an industrial setting. I remember working under a glass furnace and dropping an oscilloscope 60+ feet into a basement full of mud and chest-high water (I know it was chest-high because I spent the next few hours wading around trying to locate the little scamp by touch with my feet). But we digress…
If you check out the video on the competition webpage, you will see that the Scope Rider oscilloscope has been tested under extreme conditions, including spraying it with water, vibrating it, and dropping it (Ooh, I so want one of these little ragamuffins on my own workbench).
Being sprayed with water (Source: Rohde & Schwarz)
The competition itself is quick and easy to enter:
- You start by describing (in 200 words or less) an unusual and inventive use for this little beauty.
- If your use case is among the 10 most inspired, the folks at Rohde & Schwarz will send you a GoPro Hero4 silver camera to keep. They will also loan you a Scope Rider for you to create a 2-minute video demonstrating your idea.
- One lucky winner will be selected based on a combination of social media reaction and the judges’ final opinion, and the winner gets to keep their Scope Rider.
Just to give you an example of how far you might go, the guys and gals at Rohde & Schwarz came up with their own 10-minute documentary showing them launching a Scope Rider into space.
After a flight of two and a half hours at up to 32km above the ground in temperatures as low as -60°C, cumulating in a parachute drop back to Earth, the little rascal was still fully operational (now that's what I call rugged).
My brain is churning with ideas, but I doubt I'd be allowed to enter. I'll just have to live vicariously through you, so what are you waiting for? Bounce over to the competition webpage and enter now, because you only have until August 1, 2016 to submit your cunning concept.