Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s week seven 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.



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, October 22 - October 28, we have had a total of fourteen updates posted across seven projects. Before we get to my highlights for this week, let's take a look at which projects were updated this week!


This Week’s Top Updates



Project: The Konker Connection - Blog 5 - First Program



Our first project in the spotlight this week comes from design challenge veteran, Douglas Wong (dougw). In project The Konker Connection’s fifth update, Doug demonstrates a simple hello world blinking led after installing the STM Nucleo L476RGSTM Nucleo L476RG  to the Arduino IDE and programming it using Arduino’s beginner friendly programming language. While some may scoff at all things Arduino, you have to admit, that if it gets people using more powerful boards like the STM Nucleo, then that has to be a good thing right? Head over the the link above to watch the demo video.



Project: Traffic Predictor #6 - Into the traffic [Part 1 of 2]



In his project's sixth update, Dixon Selvan (dixon415) begins describing how he is tying everything together, and moving the project “into the traffic” so to speak. In this first installment of a two part series he shows off the Android App that he built allow him to send GPS data back to the STM Nucleo board. As it usually goes when developing apps for Android (my experience) there are always several hurdles to overcome. One such hurdle was a lack of ram on Dixon’s computer, which was causing twenty minute delays every time he made a change and wanted to visualize the data generated. Check out part one of this update at the link above.



Project: Fatigue Alert System (Blog #5)



Project Fatigue Alert System by Dale Winhold (dwinhold) is once again rounding out our highlight reel for this week. In the project’s fifth update Dale detailed the list of sensors that he will be using in the project. While this is a pretty mundane post, I feel that many challengers overlook important information like this. Seasoned EE’s and makers will be able to easily figure out what sensors, and other hardware that is used in these projects, but complete noobs will struggle with identifying each sensor, much less understanding what it is and why it’s being used. Post like this help those at home who may be following along, and you can check it out at the link above.



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