Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week fourteen of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge and this week also marks the tenth 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, May 14 - May 20, we have had a total of two updates posted across two  individual projects. As with each of my updates, I like to highlight at least three of the past week’s updates, but with just two updates this week I will be highlighting just one of these projects. 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 Update


    • T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients #9 : Back on Track, Meet Mr.Edison




After recovering from a PC crash, Sakthivigneshwar R (sakthi.1260) is back on track with his project, T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients after a two week absence. In this weeks update, he works getting the Intel Edison talking to the Texas Instruments Launchpad, so that the Launchpad can relay important sensor data back for processing. To do this Bluetooth was utilized, and after writing a short Arduino sketch, the two boards were successfully talking to each other. Hit the link above for the full rundown, and to view the sketch.


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 14 - May 20, we have had a total of thirteen updates posted across nine 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 - #6 Drum Modification




It’s been a few weeks since we last heard from Fernando Hila (nandohila), but progress is still moving forward on project Washing Machine Hydroponic Grower. In this week’s update he clued readers in on what type of baskets and growing medium he would be using inside the washing machine’s basket. “I got some small growing baskets measuring around Ø 55mm and 35mm high. Those baskets comes with a foam/sponge that is the growing medium for the plant. I found this basket type the most suitable to this application as other types of growing mediums wouldn't stay in place once the drum start turning,” he said. Check out the full post at the link above!



    • Stay focused in the sky #4: 3D printed gears and the stepper motor is mounted




Our second featured post this week focuses on yet another project that has been absent as of late. In update number four of Miguel Angel Garcia Fuentes’ (pcmike2099) project Stay Focused In The Sky took a major leap forward with the design and 3D printing of a set of gears that are to be mounted to the telescope mount. While this update is not very information rich, I decided to feature it to remind the challengers that I really like to see the design files for parts such as this shared with the community at home. This allows those wanting to replicate your project, all the necessary things to do so. It’s still a nice update, but it could be even better if the files were available for download. Check out the link above for more!


    • Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver #8: Problem with Audio.




Konstantinos Konstas’ (konstantinoskonstas) project, Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver hit a small snag this past week when the USB Audio dongle he purchased for the project having issued when interfacing with the Intel Edison. “I had tested the card before,in terms of Linux connectivity and I was confident that it was working as I have been using that USB Audio dongle for over a year now in my Amateur Radio activities with a number of programs for decoding/encoding digital data and was quite happy with it,” he said. “It worked under Linux and Win10 as well, so when I probed it from the Edison and saw the dongle's red led blinking, indicating that the card should be working I felt sure that everything was OK. Well not exactly the case. I plugged the headphone output to my amp system but no sound would be produced. I ran my little demo from Yocto bash but again no sound. However, the card was properly selected and the “aplay” command would only blink the dongle's led.” He solved this issue by replacing the audio card with another module. Hit the link above to read the full update!



That is going to wrap up things for this week. I want to take a moment to apologize again for this post being late. I caught cold last week that morphed into a full blown illness by the weekend, and I am just now beginning to recover. Hopefully I can return to my normal schedule next week, so 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!