Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week nine of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge and this week also marks the fifth week of the Upcycle it Design Challenge. Both challenges have seen a lot of project updates over the last week, which means we have a lot to cover, so let's just jump into it!



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, April 9 - April 15, we have had a total of eleven updates posted across nine 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



E14-CLEWE Blog #7




After losing access to the PC that he worked hard to get set up for his project, E14-CLEWE, John Kutzschebauch (jkutzsch) has managed to recover, and has moved forward and is now experimenting to find the best way to interface different portions of his project. More specifically, the Ultimate GPS Data Logger shield,TI MCU, BoostXL Sensors, LCD Booster and Energia. Unfortunately, John has uncovered some issues that he will need to overcome. Head over to the link above for the full scoop!



Invisible Hazardous Environmental Factors Monitoring System MQTT Subscriber & Publisher - blog 12




Project Invisible Hazardous Environmental Factors Monitoring System took a major leap forward this week with the addition of a second WiFi Booster pack that Douglas Wong (dougw) purchased from Texas Instruments to serve as an MQTT client subscribing to the IHEF data being published by his sensor platform being served from his custom sensor booster pack. As demonstrated in the video attached to his update, he shows us how he is using the boards to relay data using MQTT, and as a bonus, he has included the subscriber program that he wrote for this demo. Check out the video at the link above.



T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients #6 : Breathe and Heat




My last featured project update for this week might be one of the most impressive concepts I have seen in any of the design challenges that I have followed over the years. In his sixth update to project T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients, Sakthivigneshwar R (sakthi.1260) uses a conductive elastic cord to devise an ingenious way to detect if a patient is breathing. The concept did work, but the resulting data was very noisy, and he has asked the community if they have any ideas as to how he could filter out much of that noise. Head over to the link above to check it out, and if you have any ideas, please get in touch with him.





Upcycle It Design Challenge



About The Challenge


Featured as the second design challenge of 2017, the Upcycle It design challenge tasks its participants to upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino.



The Official Kit, and The Prizes


Challengers will build their projects using an official assortment of parts from Arduino, Intel, and Element14. Each kit contains the following items:



The Upcycle it Design Challenge features 15 official challengers that received a Challenger Kit for FREE, but thereafter anyone can join the Challenge simply by posting in the Upcycle it space (tagging their blogs 'upcycle it') to be in with a chance to win prizes. Anyone completing a project by the June 4th deadline and posting at least 10 times on the Community detailing their project build will be in the running to win some awesome prizes, including a Keithley  DMM7510 Digital MultimeterKeithley  DMM7510 Digital Multimeter worth almost $4,000.


*The official Challengers must build their project in accordance with the challenge's terms and conditions. All projects must include the Intel® Edison.



The Past Week In Review


In the past week, April 9 - April 15, we have had a total of twelve updates posted across twelve projects. With so many projects this week I will be highlighting three that I found helpful, educational, or just interesting in general. Before we get to this week’s highlighted post,let's take a quick look at which projects were updated in the past seven days.


This Week’s Top Updates



Washing Machine Hydroponic Grower - #3 Preparation II




Our first featured project update this week for the Upcycle It challenge comes from project Washing Machine Hydroponic Grower by Fernando Hila (nandohila). After discovering that the washing machine’s motor operates at a set RPM, he scavenged a stepper motor from an old printer to use as the drive motor for the project instead. Additionally, Fernando set to work removing the front of the washing machine to give the project a more industrial look, and that is exactly why I chose this post to be first this week. I mean seriously, when do you ever get to see someone hacking apart a home appliance with a hacksaw here at element14. Check out more photos of the carnage (I mean that in a good way) at the link above.



Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver #3: Meeting with Edison




Project Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver from Konstantinos Konstas (konstantinoskonstas is the focus of my second featured post this week, and got to work after receiving his Intel Edison board. Deciding to ditch the version of the Arduino IDE that he had been using in favor of the latest version which is compatible with Intel Edison. As he mentions, this could cause issues as all of his code was written in the 1.6.5 version of the IDE. He also talks about setting up  Eclipse to test the Intel Edison SDK as well as reporting on some issues that have arose with the Nokia 5110 LCD display. Head over to the link above to read the full post, and to see the example code he originally wrote for LCD display.



Upcycled Clock - 3D printing parts to hold buttons, pot, and LCD




My final featured update this week is one that I am sure everyone knew I would like. While waiting on a package full of goodies to arrive, Carmelito Andrade (carmelito) got to work on project Upcycled Clock by 3D printing some mock up panels in PLA to test his designs fit before printing the final versions in a wood-based 3D printing filament. These panels serve as the mounting locations for the clocks new electronics, and as you can tell from the image above, the fit is very nice! I can’t wait to see how this turns out once the “wood” panels are in place and finished with stain! Check out the slideshow Carmelito put together to show how the process went at the link above!



That is going to wrap up things for this week. 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, as well as the Upcycle It Challenge’s landing page fore more Design Challenge content! As always, remember to hack the world and make awesome!