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Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week sixteen of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge and this week also marks the twelfth week of the Upcycle it Design Challenge. We have a couple of new project updates from the Safe and Sound challenge, and quite a few new updates to the UpCycle It challenge as it concludes just one day after our coverage range for this week. 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 LaunchPad into a wearable that is Safe & Sound.

 

 

The Past Week In Review

 

In the past week, May 28 - June 3, we have had a total of two updates posted across two individual projects. With just two updates over the last week I have decided to only highlight one post this week. 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

 

    • Trackable Safety Helmet for Miners #10: Access Control Showcase

 

 

 

In update number ten of Mehmet Bozdal’s (mbozdal) project, he works to implement a near field system that will prevent the mine from granting entrance to a worker who is not wearing their safety helmet. “The idea of this part is not allowing the miner to access mining area without the helmet (or can be any safety clothes) so providing the safety. It also records the access control which makes managing and planning easier," he said.” I like this idea as it ensures that employees entering a dangerous area are fully equipped with the personal safety gear needed to protect them from hazards." Head over to the link above for more info on how the system works, and to check out the source code that has been provided.

 

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 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, May 28 - June 3, we have had a total of eighteen 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. Next week I will write a complete wrap up post on this challenge, so stay tuned for that!  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 - #8 Nutrient Solution System

 

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In update number eight of project Washing Machine Hydroponic Grower, Fernando Hila (nandohila) walks us through how he added a nutrient resivoir and pumping system to help aid in getting water and nutrients into the plant’s growing medium. As Hila said, “Conventional hydroponic systems consist in a reservoir for the nutrient solution and a pump that delivers this solution to the growing trays as required. For rotary systems, the solution normally doesn't need to be pumped as the growing bed will be partly submerged into the reservoir so every complete turn will deliver nutrient to all plants inside the drum.In our case, we have a limited volume of water we can store on the bottom of the washing machine drum so we have to combine the 2 methods.” The solution to add a reservoir and pump system worked brilliantly, and I am quite impressed at how well this turned out. Check out the link above for the full post.

 

 

 

    • Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver #10: Making the Web SDR Client work!

 

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Konstantinos Konstas (konstantinoskonstas) has been hard at work on his project, Embedded Web SDR client on Analog Radio Receiver, and in his latest update, he tackles the task of creating his Web SDR client actually work the way he designed it to. After some advice from the community, he finally decided on which software stacks to go with to make the project finally come together. “At first I saw CEF, Chromium Embedded Framework, and then going down the list with the  many unknown buzzwords, I was caught by the name Headles Chromium. It explained: Chromium feature activated with the --headlesss flag, currently availible in the nightly build of Chromium, not yet released,” he said. “I hit the link and Bingo. What I read sounded very promising to me.” This post is rich with great knowledge, so head over at the link above to check it out.

 

    • Nixie Display #13 - Wrap up

 

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My third and final featured update for this week centers around Gerrit Polder’s (gpolder) project, Nixie Display, and while I will talk more about the projects that made it to the finish line in next week’s post, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge what an excellent summary post Gerrit wrote about his Nixie Display project. I have written dozens of project summaries here, and this post is exactly what I like to see. I especially like the use of Nixie tube photographs being used as post number markers! I want to thank Gerrit for such a wonderful project, and I can not wait to see what lies int he future for him! Head over to his wrap up post for the full rundown.

 

 

 

 

 

That is going to wrap up things for this week. I want to take a moment to apologize again for this post being late. With the Intel Edison Upcycle It design challenge now over, I will write a full challenge summary post next week, so remember to check back next week for that as well as 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!