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Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week seventeen of the Safe and Sound Wearables Design Challenge which means we have about two weeks before the project deadline. We don’t 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) https://www.element14.com/community/view-product.jspa?fsku=2473128&nsku=41Y9541&COM=noscriptMSP-EXP432P401R LaunchPad into a wearable that is Safe & Sound.

 

 

The Past Week In Review

 

In the past week, June 4 - June 10, we have had a total of three updates posted across two projects. Since only two projects were updated, I will select an update from each and highlight them briefly below, but first let's take a quick look at what projects were updated in the past seven days. 

 

 

This Week’s Top Updates

 

    • T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients #11 : Time to wear it!

 

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Our first featured update comes from Sakthivigneshwar R’s (sakthi.1260) project, T-Shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients. It’s been a long journey to this point, but this project is finally complete, and as you can see from the image above, the shirt is successfully monitoring vital signs, and exporting that data to a custom mobile app. “So far we tried to sense vitals, struggled capturing the Data learning the launchpad and the buggy Energia IDE and my noise problem, (well found out that was because of Ground Loop We fixed a little but still it exists, had to hold my breath for few seconds to get a proper values),” Sakthivigneshwar said. “Still we made things move forward, well spent sleepless nights trying to connect the BLE Booster pack finally ending up with a alternate solution and pushing data into the cloud.”

 

 

    • Hearing Guard System #13: MSP432 and CC3100 MQTT with Websockets Part 1 & 2

 

 

In updates thirteen and fourteen Jon Morss (jomoenginer) set out to get MQTT up and running on the MSP432 and CC3100, and I must say that both of these post are great resources for anyone wanting to pair MQTT and the MSP432. Head over to both links above for the full rundown.

 

 

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 conten! As always, remember to hack the world and make awesome!