Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week three of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge, and several of the challenger’s projects are making great progress, while the others are still getting started.


In other design challenge news, we have officially closed the application process to enter into the Upcycle It Design Challenge, and the Element14 staff is working hard reading through each entry. So stay tuned to the Design Challenge landing page for future updates on that challenge!

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 26 - March 4, we have had a total of five updates posted across five projects. 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

Invisible Hazardous Environmental Factors Monitoring System - blog 4


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In the fourth update of his project, Douglas Wong (dougw) walked us through a wealth of information on air quality, and how it can be monitored with readily available sensors. Doug starts out by listing several common items that off-gas harmful chemicals into the air such as formaldehyde, and finishes up with a very well laid out chart of MQ sensors and their sensing abilities.



Hearing Guard System #3: User and Technical Stories


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If you have read my past Weekly Summary post you know that I have a lot of respect for challengers who are able to organize their project into neat little segments, and that is because organization makes it easier for the reader to understand, and follow along with the project as it progresses. In his project’s third update, Jon Morss (jomoenginer) tackles the task of breaking each part of the project down into user and technical stories. This is a method of project management that breaks each of the project’s task a description of what it should do and what criteria must be met for that portion of the project to be considered a success and finished. I am a big fan of this type of system as it leaves almost no wiggle room as to what can be considered finished, and what still needs work, and I am very excited to see how this project unfolds in the coming weeks! 



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!