Hello everyone, and welcome back to another weekly design challenge summary. It’s the twelfth week of the Sixth Sense Design Challenge and the first week of the PiCasso Design Challenge. Lots of progress has been made over the past week, but before we get to the good stuff, let’s take a few moments to learn more about the challenges, their challengers, and what hardware they are using. 

 

Sixth Sense Design Challenge

 

About The Challenge

 

Featured as the final Design Challenge of 2018, this challenge task its participants with upgrading an existing robotic device such as a drone, remote control car, or any other remotely operated robot to give it a so-called sixth sense. This could include adding a fire suppression system to an RC helicopter, thermal imaging to a rescue robot, or any other feature that improves on the effectiveness of its host robot. While ten project proposals were chosen to be the official projects of the challenge, entering the challenge is not limited to just those sixteen community members. Anyone can join the Challenge as a non-sponsored Challenger, and still be eligible win one of the three prizes. If you are a non-sponsored challenger all you need to do is integrate the components from the official challenger kit into your design, and post 10-weekly blogs detailing your project’s build.

 

The Official Kit

 

The Sixth Sense Design Challenge is sponsored by STMicroelectronics, and TE Connectivity. Each challenger will receive all of the components below plus a wide assortment of additional passive, and digital components to build their projects with. If you would like to enter the challenge for yourself, or if you just want to follow along at home, you can purchase all of the components in the kit right here at Element14.

 

From STMicroelectronics

From TE Connectivity

To learn more about each of these components as well as the other components included in the kit, visit the official kit announcement page or click the links above to purchase them for your project.

 

The Prizes

      • Grand Prize:Lulzbot Taz 6 3D Printer
      • Runner Up Prize:Lulzbot Mini 2
      • Finisher Prize:  It’s a surprise! To be eligible, a challenger has to complete their project, use products from the challenger kit, and post at least 10 updates in the Sixth Sense Design Challenge space.

 

The Past Week In Review

 

Over the past several days, March 10th - March 16th, we have had a total of one update posted for one project. I normally feature three of my favorite post, but with only one project being updated, I can only feature its single update.

 

Project: UAV System for Industrial Inspection - by UAV Research & Design Group (uavr&d)

 

 

This Week’s Top Updates

 

Project: UAV System For Industrial Inspection - Sixth Sense Design Challenge Blog  #4 - CV Trouble

 

 

The UAV Research and Design Group is back with another update, and unfortunately, it’s not a very promising update. The group has a working drone with a working computer vision system, but at the moment, it’s only capable of detecting cracks in concrete. The group wants the drone to be able to detect cracks in large pipes on industrial sites, but finding a dataset of cracked pipe identification data that is open source proved to be impossible. This leads the group to seek out an industrial facility where they could take their own images to analyze and create a large enough data set to begin testing. They did end up finding a site but would need at least a month to collect enough images to produce a workable dataset. With the challenge ending soon, there was not enough time to continue. This led them to poll the community for advice on how to proceed. Head over to the full post for more info, and to read what community members have suggested.

 

 

PiCasso Design Challenge

 

About The Challenge

 

Featured as the first Design Challenge of 2019, this challenge task its twenty participants with creating their artistic masterpiece using a Raspberry Pi Model 3B+. Challengers can either push their boundaries by using the computing power of Pi as the brains of their artistic work or to improve the aesthetics of their surroundings.

 

While twenty project proposals were chosen to be the official projects of the challenge, entering the challenge is not limited to just those twenty community members. Anyone can join the Challenge as a non-sponsored Challenger, and still be eligible win one of the three prizes. If you are a non-sponsored challenger all you need to do is integrate the components from the official challenger kit into your design, and post 10-weekly blogs detailing your project’s build.

 

 

The Official Kit

 

The PiCasso Design Challenge is sponsored by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Each challenger will receive all of the components below plus a wide assortment of additional passive, and digital components to build their projects with. If you would like to enter the challenge for yourself, or if you just want to follow along at home, you can purchase all of the components in the kit right here at Element14.

 

 

To learn more about each of these components as well as the other components included in the kit, visit the official kit announcement page or click the links above to purchase them for your project. 

 

 

The Prizes

 

    • Grand Prize: DJI Mavic 2 Pro Videography Drone
    • Runner Up Prize: Nikon D3500 DSLR & Lens Kit
    • Finisher Prize: Raspberry Pi Arcade Kit. To be eligible, a challenger has to complete their project, use products from the challenger kit, and post at least 10 updates in the Sixth Sense Design Challenge space.

 

To learn more about the prizes, head over to the PiCasso Design Challenge Prize Page.

 

 

The Past Week In Review

 

Over the past several days, March 3rd - March 9th, we have had a total of seven updates posted across seven projects. This week, I will be highlighting three of my favorite updates from this past week, but before I get to that, let's take a look at which projects were updated.  

 

 

 

This Week’s Top Updates

 

Project: DiPinto Da BRACCIO - PiCasso Design Challenge Blog  #1 - Idea & Plan

 

 

I always get excited when I see past challengers enter the latest design challenge because their projects are usually well balanced, and thought out, so you can imagine my excitement when I Milos Rasic’s name appeared on the list for this challenge. Milos’ project, DiPinto Da BRACCIO, will focus on both functional and nonfunctional art, and is centered around a BRACCIO robotic arm, and will serve as both a source of important daily information, as well as creating visually pleasing art for everyone to enjoy. “I'll begin by explaining the name of the project "DiPinto Da BRACCIO" which is Italian for "Painted by arm". The reason for this name is quite simple, my whole project will be based upon 2 main components, one being the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and the other one being the BRACCIO robotic arm,” he wrote.

 

The functional art aspect of the project includes the robotic arm writing out the daily forecast, important to-do items, and even ringing a bell as a morning alarm. Milos would also like to experiment with computer vision and attempt to have the arm draw images its CV camera’s capture. Check out the complete post for the full plan, and a more thorough explanation of how both goals of the project will be achieved.

 

 

Project: Art-a-Tronic - PiCasso Design Challenge Blog  #1 - Intro

 

 

Claiming our second spot this week is another Design Challenge veteran, Enrico Miglino, and his project, Art-a-Tronic. Based around modifying a vintage mannequin into an animatronic, this project will be featured in the Art-a-Tronic Interactive Experience that Milos and a friend are set to debut on April 5, 2019 in Ghent, Belgium. “In the Art-a-Tronic exhibition, the works, or projects if you prefer, have been "caged", in the true sense of the word, contained in a series of cages hanging from the ceiling to interrupt the path of Lorenzo's "Gods" and to be observed from an unconventional perspective that reminds the "humans" that, as far as the whole show represents a dystopian and surreal world, the day when machines can take over is still far away,” he wrote. “Following the philosophy of the Art-a-Tronic project the top-piece I will expose is a vintage mannequin that will be the main character of the exhibition. It will be powered by the Raspberry PI technology with motion and environment reaction but its behavior will be integrated into the show context.” Visit the full post at the link above for more information on the project, and to learn more about the exhibit that will be open to the public.

 

 

Project: POV Globe - PiCasso Design Challenge Blog  #1 - Intro

 

 

This week’s third featured update is from yet another experienced Design Challenge veteran. Dale Winhold is back again and this time he will be building a POV Globe, something he has always wanted to attempt. POV stands for Persistence Of Vision, and traditionally refers to the phenomena where they eye creates an optical illusion that occurs when visual perception of an object does not cease for some time after the rays of light proceeding from it have ceased to enter the eye.”I have been fascinated for years with Persistence of Vision (POV). I have created POV wands for my kids, but I have always wanted to create a globe. I want to go into great depths with this, starting with making it colour,” he wrote. “The extent of what graphics I create will depend on the time allotted. I do promise not to disappoint!!” If Dale’s previous projects are any indication, we should be in for a treat with this project! Head over to the link above and check out the full introduction post.

 

 

That is going to wrap up this weeks coverage of the Sixth Sense Challenge, and the Picasso Design Challenge. If you have not yet done so, please take a moment and check out all of this week's updates, and show our challengers some love in the comments section of each update post. Check back next week for another weekly design challenge summary.