Congrats to our Hidden Gems winners who get some new drones, Spheros and Insteon Kits

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.

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Reader comments

Congrats to our Hidden Gems winners who get some new drones, Spheros and Insteon Kits


Congratulations to all the winners! I'm unlucky again.
But I'll get free one month subscription of MixRadio+ from MixRadio...

#MixRadioSuperFan, I won yesterday for a Super Fan of a day. (Biggest prize is Lumia 1020 with Purity HD by Monster).

It's pretty easy, register at the contest site (find on MixRadio's Facebook) and open MixRadio. Then touch Play Me and finally share it with #MixRadioSuperFan and @MixRadio.

Thank goodness I didn't win.  I keep winning all these contests and I'm running out of room in my home...:D

Well don't lost hope. I won previously My Lumia 930 is on it's way. Its very first time I have ever won something in a contest(even in practical life).

Many thanks for the Sphero! We received it a few days ago and have been running it through its paces... hours of fun between me and my kids. The phone (1520) does get pretty warm with extended use, but I've just downloaded the app to my RT and will try that tonight.

The biggest challenge has been running it around on our wood floors... it tends to spin and slide, which loses the orientation between ball and controller, and then the contols don't move the ball in the direction you intend! I think I'll wrap a few rubber bands around it, or find some other way to rubberize the surface so it doesn's slide as much.

Thanks again! Was totally surprised to hear that I'd won something - that never happens!

I didn't win any of these because I'm going to win the 1520! Well... That's what I'm trying to convince myself of anyway.

Kewl!! I won a Sphero... Waiting for it to be delivered to play around with it. It may very well be a limited toy that could essentially loose it's charm quickly, yet lookin' forward to getting it. :)