Hidden GemsA few weeks back, we dived deeper into using Windows or Windows Phone for various connected hardware, including the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0, Sphero 2.0 and Insteon home-automation kits. The articles not only explained what those things are, but how well the work within the growing Microsoft ecosystem.

As part of the Hidden Gems campaign, we were giving away multiple devices per article, with the only rule being to write a comment (and preferably more than just a word). Over the last two weeks, we picked the winners, notified them, and most are already in possession of their new today.

As such, we wanted to thank them publicly and announce who they were. Therefore, here were the winners:

'INSTEON home automation for Windows and Windows Phone'

  • hermanax
  • Ghouston

'Flying the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter with a Windows tablet'

  • lcpljones
  • bilzkh

'Sphero 2.0 is the little ball that could for Windows and Windows Phone'

  • yawns
  • jvsrinivasan
  • AnubhavSingh
  • Mikespanos

Congratulations to all of the winners! Those mentioned above should have already received their prizes, and if not, they are already on the way. All of the above were in addition to the previous round of giveaways, where eighteen of you won a new Windows Phone (or tablet)!

Missed our Hidden Gems? Make sure you check out our main page, which lists all of our past coverage! Special thanks to Microsoft, who sponsored our Hidden Gems campaign and provided the prizes.

HTC One M8 for Windows giveaway!

Speaking of contests, last we checked our HTC One M8 for Windows contest ended last night. In that contest, we are bestowing one HTC One for Windows Phones upon a lucky winner, and we are announcing the victor later today, so stay tuned!