Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week two of the IoT On Wheels Challenge, and things are getting off to a great start. Before we jump into the challenge, you should take a moment and read my intro post that will fill you in on the full details of the challenge as well as the challengers who are competing to win some amazing prizes. Additionally, there will be a listing at the bottom of this post with links to my previous coverage of this challenge.


If you are new to the Design Challenge series here at Element14, or my weekly summary series in general, I would like to take a moment to explain what these post are all about. Each week, usually on Monday, I release a new design challenge weekly summary post. I create these post to help those following the challenges better understand what happened within the challenge over the past week. I post a list of each project that got updated, and then highlight between two and three project updates from that week that I felt deserved recognition. This will be my 9th Design Challenge, and as you will see, I truly enjoy watching the challengers and their projects grow over the course of the challenge.


I sometimes get asked about my involvement in the judging process, and other than sometimes writing the winners announcements, I have no involvement in the selection, debating, or judging, processes. Early on, I was asked to advise on the Sudden Impact Design Challenge, but I was not writing weekly content for the challenges back then. Furthermore, my opinions have no bearings on the outcome of any of the judging process. Additionally, I wanted to touch on one more topic. I get asked a lot about how projects get featured in this series, and my answer is quite simple. Create a well written, information rich, and visually pleasing project update. Include source code, schematics, design files, and tutorials in your updates. It’s that simple. So, enough with the formalities, let's get on to why you are really here!


IoT On Wheels Design Challenge



About The Challenge



Featured as the third design challenge of 2017, the IoT On Wheels Design Challenge opened for project idea submissions in June of 2017, which was met with many submissions from community members. As I mentioned earlier, the challenge is based around the NUCLEO-L476RG development boardNUCLEO-L476RG development board which is built on the STM32L4STM32L4 Arm Cortex M4 line of processors. Challengers have ten weeks to develop their project, and share their progress in a series of weekly update post. By posting a minimum of ten update post, challengers become eligible to win several awesome prizes, and the chance to become one of our prestigious design challenge winners.



Entering the challenge is not limited to just the ten chosen community members though,  anyone can join the Challenge as a non-sponsored Challenger. Here's how: Simply get the low-cost NUCLEO-L476RGNUCLEO-L476RG and integrate it into your project, as well as post 10 blogs about your design journey in the IoT on Wheels space (tagging your blogs 'IoT on Wheels'). All Challengers must build their projects in accordance with the Challenge's terms and conditions and all projects must include the  NUCLEO-L476RGNUCLEO-L476RG



The Official Kit, and The Prizes



On September 4th, 2017 Element14 announced which 10 community members were picked to participate in this challenge, and those 10 challengers received a kit of sponsored components to use in their design which was sponsored by STMicroelectronics. Each kit contains the following items:



To learn more about each of these components or to purchase them to use in your own project, visit the official kit announcement at the links above.


Each challenger is competing to win one of three prize packs that feature prizes ranging from a Segway Mini Pro, to an Oculus Rift VR headset, Bicycle GPS system, GoPro Hero 5, and even a radio controlled hobby truck. Other prizes include tools from Duratool, a bench power supply, and even a high end pair of headphones. All challengers who complete ten blog post and finish their project will also receive a prize pack including a tool kit from Duratool, a heat gun, and digital multi-meter. These prizes are open to all who enter the challenge, despite not being an official challenger, with the requirements being the same: Use a STMicro NUCLEO-L47RG and post ten blog post by the challenge’s deadline on November 13th.



The Past Week In Review


Over the past 7 days, September 17 - September 23, we have had a total of seven updates posted across six projects. With so many updates this week, I am going to highlight three project updates that I felt stood out. Before we get to that, let's take a look at which projects received their first updates!




This Week’s Top Updates



Project: Smart Road - Pack Arrives and the fun begins



In his project’s second post, Grant Colgan (brains93) sits down to and talks about his ideas for this project, and unboxes the official challenger kit.  “My plan is to make the roads safer for all users by giving them more information about the road ahead of them so that they can adjust accordingly…” he said. If you would like the full rundown, head over to the link above for a fifteen-minute video where Grant breaks the project and kit down.



Project: The Konker Connection - Blog 1



I was quite excited when I saw that Douglas Wong (dougw) was chosen as a participant in this challenge as his projects never seem to disappoint. I became even more excited when I realized that his project centered around providing current road condition data to his motorcycle using sensor nodes placed along the roadway, with a receiver on the motorcycle. In his project’s first update post, Doug fills us in on his plans to accomplish this, as well as breaking down the modules he will be using to build the sensor nodes and receiver. Check out the full post, and video at the link above.



Project: CycleOps Blog #2 - Locking Mechanism and More Design Overview



Parker Ellwanger (rpbruiser) is back for his second weekly highlight of project CycleOps, and this week he became the first challenger to post actual physical progress on his project. With one of the main parts of his project being a smart lock that secures the bicycle’s wheels to its frame, this was the first concept he began working on by designing and 3D printing a prototype of the locking mechanism. If you have read my past summaries, you know that including a 3D printer in your project’s build is the fastest way to catch my attention, and this weeks update did just that. Head over to the link above to find out how Parker designed this neat looking lock concept.



That is going to wrap up things for this week, tune in next week for another Design Challenge Summary. If you would like to learn more about this challenge, and to see what progress has already been made, head over to the its official challenge page, and as always, remember to hack the world and make awesome!


Weekly Summaries About This Challenge

  1. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: Intro to the IoT On Wheels ChallengeDesign Challenge Weekly Summary: Intro to the IoT On Wheels Challenge
  2. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 6 - September 16, 2017
  3. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 17 - September 23, 2017
  4. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 24 - September 30, 2017
  5. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 1 - October 7, 2017
  6. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 8 - October 14, 2017
  7. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 15 - October 21, 2017
  8. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 22 - October 28, 2017
  9. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: November 5 - November 11, 2017
  10. Design Challenge Weekly Summary: November 12 - November 18, 2017 Final Week
  11. IoT On Wheels Design Challenge Summary