Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week five of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge. It looks like more of the missing kits are beginning to show up, so we should see more updates this coming week!

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, March 19 - March 25, we have had a total of ten updates posted across nine 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


Smart Safety Glasses #4: Establishing a wireless link - Part 2




In project Smart Safety Glasses’ fourth update, Alex Kucherov (salexku) shows us how to configure the CC3100 WiFi booster packCC3100 WiFi booster pack as a client that will communicate with the server running on the ESP8266ESP8266. From setting up the hardware and installing the IDE each step is well detailed and includes code examples with explanations as well as the full sketch for those who want to follow along at home. Alex wraps the post up by showing us how to test if the sketch works, and communication with the ESP8266 is successful. 



Code Composer Studio Woes


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Week six was not kind to Jon Morss (jomoenginer), and tossed a curve ball at project Hearing Guard System when Jon ran into a trifecta of speed bumps with Code Composer Studio. After recent updates, issues developed involving code importation using the TI Resource Explorer in version 7.0.0.x of the software. Another issue appeared when the .cfg file was left open in the CCS editor window, which caused the program to throw an error when the program is started again. Finally, another error appeared when Jon attempted to add CSS classes to his project. Unlike the other two issues he was able to solve this one by removing the  'iostream' and namespace entries in the file and adding a few likes of code to the header file.



Rider protection and vehicle safety gear for bikes #1 Introductory blog


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In his first blog post ever, Priyanto Deb (priyantodeb) outlines his project and educates us on the growing problem of motorcycle and bicycle accidents in India. “I am from India, belonging to a developing country with such a high volume of bikes and scooters, we witness a lot of accidents and thefts of these vehicles which in general have low security options and even less rider protection systems in place, with other developing countries also facing such problems such as Vietnam and Thailand,” he said. To combat this problem, he will build a special lock system for the vehicles that will improve their safety and security, and will follow up with a second system that will protect the riders during their travels on the bikes and scooters.



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!