Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week ten of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge and this week also marks the sixth week of the Upcycle it Design Challenge. Both challenges have seen several 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 16 - April 22, we have had a total of six updates posted across six individual projects. As with all of my weekly summary post, I will select a three 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.


Project: Hearing Guard System - by Jon Morss (jomoenginer)

Project: T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients - by Sakthivigneshwar R (sakthi.1260)

Project: Trackable Safety Helmet for Miners - by Mehmet Bozdal (mbozdal)

Project: Safety Jacket for the Tolling Industry - by Inderpreet Singh (ipv1)

Project: Flooding early-warning Alarm Pack - by Feng Yao (fyaocn)

Project: Winter Survival Suit Post - by Dale Winhold (dwinhold)



This Week’s Top Updates

Safety Jacket for the Tolling Industry #9: Keeping the Launchpads Safe



Inderpreet Singh (ipv1) takes our first spot this week with his ninth update to project Safety Jacket For The Trolling Industry. In this installment he showcases a simple 3D Printed case that he designed to fit the TI Launchpad. The case is designed to add a layer of protection to the Launchpad, and to keep water and other liquids from entering through the bottom, while recessed side buttons allow for ease of access while keeping solids out. Inderpreet included link to the .STL files in the event that one of the project's followers would like to print their own case.



T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients #7 : Its Dark and I'm Falling...




Sakthivigneshwar R (sakthi.1260) is back this week with his T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients with his progress on the IMU and light sensing portions of the project. However, he is experiencing issues with the Sensors booster pack BMI160 and Energia, so for the time being he is using the MPU6050 instead. Head over to the link above to see his preliminary results!



Hearing Guard System #9: TI-RTOS Enable Button HWI Part II - Debouncin'



Our last featured update from the Safe and Sound Wearables challenge for this week is the ninth update to project Hearing Guard System. This week Jon Morss (jomoenginer)showed us an easy way to add a mechanism to reduce the debounce occurrences when a Button is pressed on the MSP432. Jon walks us through the code needed to help filter out button bounces using code step by step. If you are unfamiliar with what “bounce” is and why you need to “debounce” buttons when interfacing them with microcontrollers, this post will help clarify things a little, so head over to the link above for more info!



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 16 - April 22, we have had a total of ten updates posted across ten 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


Sockets In Sockets For My Sockets




Jason Wier’s (jasonwier92) fourth update to project, PDU Upcycle for Automation holds the top seat this week in the Intel Upcycle It Challenge, and rightfully so. In this weeks update, Jason sets out to force himself to use NodeRed by writing a module that would serve as the gobetween for the various software components of his project. The post is full of useful information, and lots of source code, so head over and check it out!



WiFi Connected Smoke Detector #5: Monitor The Monitor




One question that comes to mind when designing a system that could potentially save lives is what happens when the system, or components thereof fail? To tackle this question, Sergey Vlasov (vlasov01) decided to utilize the Cronitor Service in conjunction with a heartbeat to check for internal processing errors, and then send out a message to alert the end user of the system’s failure. This alert will come via a message in Sergey’s custom Slack channel notifying the user that there is an issue. If the heartbeat resumes, another message will be sent notifying the user that things are working again. Check out the full update for more info!



Hermes 3000 - Post #3




This week I saved one of the best for last, and while every update we have seen from both challenges over the last seven days has been impressive, Joey Brock’s (jofas) third update to Hermes 3000 takes the cake for what had to have been a very high frustration factor. Continuing on from his last update where he attached 44 wires to each of the keys on his typewriter, Joey wired each of those leads into a breadboard filled with LED circuits. The theory here is that each LED will illuminate when its specific key is pressed. Source code and a more thorough explanation of what's going on can be found at the first 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!