August 25, 2009 AT 3:56 pm

Engadget, Amazon & Adafruit Kindle design contest winners!

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Chris has the winners, congrats everyone!

The votes are in, dear readers, and you’ve spoken loud and clear: from our original 23 finalists, your votes have boiled it down to five well-deserved winners who’ve clearly put time, effort, thought, determination, and old-fashioned elbow grease into their designs for gracing the metal back of Amazon’s 6-inch Kindle.

So what happens next? We’ll be working with winners and coordinating with the good folks at Adafruit Industries to turn these designs into reality thanks to some insanely high-powered precision lasers — picture that scene in Goldfinger where the film’s namesake tries to cut 007 in half to get an idea of just how high-powered we’re talking about here — and rest assured, we’ll be posting plenty of pictures as they come out of the workshop! Follow the break for the lucky five (presented in order with the most votes first).

A huge word of thanks to Amazon, Adafruit Industries, everyone who submitted entries, and the voters who figured out where these Kindles belong!


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6 Comments

  1. Hey Adafruit,
    Someone emailed me about putting my winning design on his Kindle. I released the design into the Public Domain so you can put it on any Kindle you want with no further permissions from me. Cheers.

    Here’s the EPS:
    http://danreetz.com/for_engadget/Kindle_Vector_Final_Public_Domain_Daniel_Reetz_danreetzgmailcom.eps

  2. rad, thanks daniel – we said we’d etch it as long as the designer (you) were ok with that. nicely done and congrats!

  3. Hello Adafruit,

    I look forward to my Kindle as well! I live in Brooklyn NY and would love to stop by and see it etched. One thing, I wonder if my design is way too complicated to be etched. They are all vectors for sure, but I wonder how fine the laser can actually go… I’m testing your machine’s limits. :)

    I’m going to follow Daniel’s suit and post my design to be open for all as well: http://pakkei.tumblr.com/post/176958733/the-amazing-forbidden-book-of-f-king-everything

    Enjoy! Thanks!!

  4. Could I get that on a t-shirt? …or… now that it’s going to get colder, how about a sweat shirt?

  5. Engadget’s been silent on this contest for more than a month — is there anything you can share about the status of these Kindles?

  6. hi daniel, they are stopping by this week. they had the flu / ill and needed to reschedule.

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