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Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14!  We have officially wrapped up the first week of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge, things are already off to a great start. Before we jump into this week's updates, I want to remind everyone that we are currently accepting project applications for the Upcycle It Design Challenge with Intel Edison. The application process closes on March 3rd at 23:59 GMT, so you still have some time to get your proposal together! Now that we have those bases covered, let's jump right into this week’s updates!

 

Safe & Sound Design Challenge

 

Featured as the first design challenge of 2017, the Safe & Sound Wearables challenge tasks its participants to conceive and build a 'safe and sound’ wearable that protects a person from personal and environmental risks, or monitors personal health or protects personal property from theft.

 

 

 

The Official Kit, and The Prizes

 

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On February 14th 2017 Element14 announced the list of the official 15 challengers picked to participate in the challenge, and those 15 challengers received a kit of components to use in their design which was sponsored by Texas Instruments. Each kit contains the following items:

 

Participation in this challenge is not limited to the sponsored challengers however. Anyone can enter, and all they have to do is Design with TI - integrating Texas Instruments’ latest microcontroller (MSP-EXP432P401R) MSP-EXP432P401R LaunchPadMSP-EXP432P401R LaunchPad into a wearable that is Safe & Sound.

 

 

The Past Week In Review

 

In the past week, February 12-18, we have had a total of four updates posted across four projects as well as a few helpful post from Jan Cumps, one of the challenge’s judges. As with all of my weekly summary post, I will select a few of my favorite updates from the week and highlight them briefly below, but first let's take a quick look at what projects were updated in the past seven days. 

 

 


This Week’s Top Updates



Telemetry System For Smart Clothes #1: Introduction to Project


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The honor of being the first featured update of this challenge goes to Alexander Molnar’s (amolnar) project: Telemetry System For Smart Clothes. Alexander has chosen to build a telemetry system that is designed around a fireman’s bunker gear. This project features a myriad of various sensors that are able to monitor various metrics that could prove life saving for the firefighter wearing them. This project caught my eye because it relates to me on a personal level. I served in my local volunteer fire department as a trained interior structural firefighter for over a decade, and after leaving that position I have spent many hours thinking of ways that embedded electronics could make the job much easier. Needless to say, I will be keeping a close eye on this one!



Example Code for the Challenge Kit

 

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My second feature this week is not a project per-say, but is more of a series designed to help challengers get started with their projects by providing relevant tutorials related to the different components that Texas Instruments has supplied the challengers with.  Design challenge veteran and Safe & Sound Wearables judge, Jan Cumps (jancumps) has taken the time to prepare several post that offer sample code and tips for the various components provided in the challenger kit. Head over to this post to check it out.



That is going to wrap up things for this week, but check back next week for another Design Challenge Weekly Summary post, as well as my first Project Summary post of this challenge. Until then head over to the official Safe & Sound Wearables Challenge Page, and as always, remember to hack the world and make awesome!