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Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week twelve of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge and this week also marks the eighth week of the Upcycle it Design Challenge. Project updates were again a little light this week in the Safe and Sound challenge, while the participants in the UpCycle It challenge continued with another solid week of updates across several projects. We have a lot to cover, so let's just jump right 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 30 - May 6, we have had a total of four updates posted across four  individual projects. With such few project updates this week, I am going to highlight both projects that received updates. Before we get to that, let's take a quick look at which projects were updated in the past seven days.

 

This Week’s Top Updates

 

    • Invisible Hazardous Environmental Factors Monitoring System  - blog 14

 

 

In his first of two updates this week, Douglas Wong (dougw posted a demo video of three of the wearables that are part of his project. Doug says that “the concept is to mount all these devices on my forearm where the displays can easily be viewed and the controls can be easily accessed. This arrangement keeps both hands free for other tasks and eliminates the need to carry a tool box and set it down when taking readings... “The two flip-up modules have five 3D printed pieces each, plus a stretchy strap and some fasteners. The meters have some foam rubber in the caps so that when they are cinched down, everything remains snug with no rattling. The meter caps are held down with wire-ties, which minimizes the complexity and size of the 3D cases, while providing a very secure, snug fit. (obviously designed by an electronics guy) The Wi-Fi enabled gas sensor display uses seven 3D printed parts – covered in an earlier blog. Considering these modules are first prototypes, I am very happy they work so well,” he continued.

 

 

    • Hearing Guard System #10: Creating Graphics

 

 

With the 430BOOST-SHARP96 LCD430BOOST-SHARP96 LCD booster up and running, Jon set out to create some graphics that will eventually display the data that his sensors collect. In his tenth update, Jon details how he used the MSP430 Image Reformer Tool which is found in the MSP GRLIB Graphics Library to create these custom graphics. “The code produced from this tool is compatible with the MSP430 and MSP432 line of Launchpads and devices and the Grlib calls from TI,” he said. “As an example, I downloaded the Element14 Safe & Sound log, and using MS Paint, I made some minor changes and then created a .bmp. file to be used with Image Reformer.” Head over to the link above for the tutorial, sample code, and more!

 

 

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 6 - May, we have had a total of ten updates posted across nine projects. With so many projects this week I will be highlighting two 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.

Project: Upcycled Nixie Display - by Gerrit Polder (gpolder)

Project: Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver - by Konstantinos Konstas (konstantinoskonstas)

Project: Funeka - by Sakthivigneshwar R (sakthi.1260)

Project: WiFi Connected Smoke Detector - by Sergey Vlasov (vlasov01)

Project: PDU Upcycle for Automation by Jason Wier (jasonwier92)

Project: Upcycled Clock - by Carmelito Andrade (carmelito)

Project: UpCycle R2I - by John Kutzschebauch (jkutzsch)

Project: Interactive Race Car Driver - by Andy Clark (Workshopshed)

Project: Washing Machine Hydroponic Grower - by Fernando Hila (nandohila)

 

This Week’s Top Updates

 

    • Washing Machine Hydroponic Grower - #5 Circuit Design

 

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With the bulk of the more complicated portions of the project complete, Fernando Hila (nandohila) used the fifth update to his project to discuss the circuit that will be used to control his hydroponic washing machine. The system’s main component is the Intel Edison which controls the pumping system, lighting system, and takes readings from several sensors. Fernando says that this early system is designed to be simple and easy to implement, and he plans on expanding it in the future for more in-depth control features. Head over to the link above for the full rundown of the system and each of its components.

 

 

    • Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver #6: Changing the Display

 

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After receiving some helpful advice from a fellow challenger, Konstantinos Konstas (konstantinoskonstas) spent some time working out how to control the Nokia 5110 LCD using Javascrip and MRAA. Unfortunately, it appears that he was unsuccessful and began looking for other screen options such as the display that came with the Grove kit, or an OLED board from Sparkfun. In the end, Konstantinos chose the Sparkfun OLED and has been working on getting it set up. Check out the link above for more information, and if you think you can help getting the LCDs to work with Node.JS, please leave a comment or message Konstantinos.

 

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!