Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week seven of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge which puts us about half way through, and our challengers have been working hard with new updates to several projects. I apologize for the late posting, but bad weather here in SC has caused mass power outages, and unfortunately I have been suffering  through them. That is beside the point though as there have been a lot of good project updates over the last week, so let's just jump into it while I still have electricity!


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 26 - April 1, we have had a total of eight updates posted across four projects. As with all of my weekly summary post, Since only four projects were updated, I will select a two 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


T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients #5 : Listening to Heart and Beat




Last week brought us the fifth update of project T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients with Sakthivigneshwar R (sakthi.1260) showing off his success at creating a pulse sensor built from parts supplied in the official challenger kit. I wanted to feature this post because I found the results quite interesting, but I wanted to see the code that was used to achieve the end result. Unfortunately the code was not provided, nor was a schematic of how things were connected. I want to remind the challengers that sharing your project, and its various components such as source code and schematics is what makes these challenges so great.



Flood early-warning Alarm Pack #3: IDE Tools for Development




My second and final featured post for this week is from project Flood early-warning Alarm Pack by Feng Yao (fyaocn). In its third update, Feng details why he chose Code Composer Studio 7.x and Energia1.6.10E18 as the development environments in which he will code the alarm pack. While much of the information provided was from sample code provided by TI, Feng says that the sample code provided by TI has helped him not only become more inspired, but has also helped him understand things better. This is the exact reason that I push so hard for our design challengers to release their source code. It not only helps inspire the project’s followers, but allows those at home to recreate the project themselves.



That is going to wrap up things for this week, and in the time it took me to write this, our electricity has went out three more times, but this time it is because crews are repairing damaged sections of our grid, not because of storms. Remember to check back next week for another Design Challenge Weekly Summary post. Until then head over to the official Safe & Sound Wearables Challenge Page, and as always, remember to hack the world and make awesome!