Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week fifteen of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge and this week also marks the eleventh week of the Upcycle It Design Challenge. Project updates rose a little 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 21 - May 27, we have had a total of four updates posted across four individual projects. As with each of my updates,This week I will be highlighting two updates from this challenge. 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



    • Invisible Hazardous Environmental Factors Monitoring System - blog 18




It appears that Douglas Wong (dougw)is the first challenger to bring his project to completion, and to him I offer my congratulations on a job well done! In update 18 of project Invisible Hazardous Environmental Factors Monitoring System, Douglas shows off the results of months worth of design, engineering, and 3D printing work, and I have to say that I think the end prototype turned out very well, and quite polished. “I've enjoyed experimenting with lots of TI modules in the past but EXP432P401R MCUEXP432P401R MCU is going to be my new favorite for complex micro-controller projects - this project didn't even cause it to break a sweat, either in speed or resources. It is easy to use and the price is attractive for an ARM Cortex M4 module,” he said. “If you are thinking about entering a design challenge like this, I heartily recommend it - there is tremendous satisfaction in completing such a project.”


    • Winter/Cold weather survival suit Post 11




After recovering from a series of issues involving the temperature sensors he used in the survival suit, Dale Winhold (dwinhold) posted an update that brings us up to speed on the progress he has made in getting the sensors temporarily hooked up to the Launchpad via a custom proto-board he was forced to build after realizing that he was out of blank copper clad. Dale says that he will be etching his own board once he has more copper clad in stock, but for now this will have to do. Head over to the full update for more information, and to see a list of what’s left to do on the Winter/Cold Weather Survival Suit.



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 21 - May 27, we have had a total of thirteen updates posted across eight 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. 



This Week’s Top Updates


    • Interactive Race Car Driver - Hooking up the Furby




As I have said previously, one of the creepiest things you could possibly ever hack is a furby, and Andy Clark (Workshopshed) is successfully doing just that. In one of his latest updates, Andy managed to get some of the little animatronic’s movements working, and being controlled by the Intel Edison. There was a bit of an issue with the creature’s eyelids not re-opening once closed, but a little ingenuity, and some careful knife work, and the skinless little robot could once again open its eyes. Head over to the full post for more info on how he accomplished this!



    • PDU #12 - Details: Home Assistant Integration



If you have followed my content here at Element14, you might remember me writing about the uncanny timeliness that these challenges have in relation to some of my own projects. I was beginning to think that this streak was broken, but Jason Wier (jasonwier92) has came through and once again proved my theory right. In update number twelve of his project, PDU, Jason begins integrating a home automation software suite called Home Assistant into the custom power distribution unit. What makes this post so much of a coincidence for me is the fact that I was just looking at doing something similar with Home Assistant and a smaller PDU I recently purchased for my home network rack. Cheers Jason, and thanks for the tips! Hit up the link above for 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. 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!