Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14! It’s the tenth and final week of the IoT On Wheels Challenge, and the number of updates that were posted in the last seven days has to be something of a record. More on that in a moment, but first, if you are new to this design challenge take a moment and read my intro post about this challenge. Additionally, there will be a listing at the bottom of this post with links to my previous coverage of this challenge. OK, enough of the formalities, let's jump right into this challenge, and see what’s happened over its final days!
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 which is built on the 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 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
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, November 12th - November 18th, we have had a total of thirty three (yes I said thirty three) updates posted across seven projects. I have not had the chance to cross check my records, but I do believe that is the highest number of updates posted in one week in Design Challenge history! So with that mind blowing information fresh in your mind, let's take a look at which projects were updated this week!
- Project:The Konker Connection by - Douglas Wong (dougw)
- Project:Fatigue Alert System by - Dale Winhold (dwinhold)
- Project:Traffic Predictor and Auto Pilot by - Dixon Selvan (dixon415)
- Project:Smart Drive by - Sergei Vlasov (vlasov01)
- Project:Cycle-Ops Security by - Parker Ellwanger (rpbruiser)
- Project:Smart Bike, Smart Rider by - Gurinder Singh (gsgill112)
- Project:Vehicle Temperature Alert System by - Shantimohan Elchuri (shantimohan)
This Week’s Top Updates
Project: Smart Bike, Smart Rider BLOG 5 : From BreadBoard prototype To Homemade PCB
Our first featured update this week is from project Smart Bike, Smart Rider, the brainchild of Gurinder Singh (gsgill112). In the project’s fifth update, we got a short tutorial on etching your own PCB at home. Most of you who have read some of my non-design challenge work here at Element14 will know how much I love PCB design, and seeing challengers like Gurinder etch their own PCBs at home really brings back a lot of memories for me when I etched my first PCBs in my kitchen many years ago. Instead of sharing a quote from the post, I am simply going to ask you to hit the link above, and read this entire post, if not for the knowledge, then for the nostalgia you might experience while reminiscing about your first PCBs.
Project: Traffic Predictor #13 - Mission accomplished
You know, if there is anything I love more than source code, design files, and custom PCBs in these projects, it's to see a “mission accomplished” title at the end of the project. That is just what we got in update number thirteen of Dixon Selvan’s (dixon415) project, Traffic Predictor. “This will be last week in the design phase of the IoT on Wheels Design Challenge and for my traffic predictor project. This blog will be a walkthrough of the entire project. The blogs posted over the two months time is at the end of this blog in a categorized format. Check it out if you have missed out any or to better understand the project,” he wrote. I am once again going to ask you to take a moment and read through this entire post. Dixon has done a great job of summarizing the project from beginning to end.
Project: Fatigue Alert System (Blog #10)
In his tenth and final update to project Fatigue Alert System, design challenge veteran Dale Winhold (dwinhold) finishes off his project with a demo video. “This is the final blog on my project for this challenge. The videos I am attaching is of the finished project. The first video is of the finished project description, showing the different parts put together. The second video is of it working in the vehicle,” he wrote. “I am very happy how it turned out and that it works so well. I feel it will make a difference the way we drive and more aware of how tired we are while driving. This will also work well to stop distracted driving by alerting you when you aren't paying attention.”
That is going to wrap up things for this week, tune in next week for another Design Challenge Project Summary, and my final post on this challenge once the winners have been announced. I would like to thank all of the challengers for making this such a great design challenge! Awesome work, and good luck to everyone who made it to the finish line! If you would like to learn more about this challenge, and to see all 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
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: Intro to the IoT On Wheels ChallengeDesign Challenge Weekly Summary: Intro to the IoT On Wheels Challenge
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 6 - September 16, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 17 - September 23, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: September 24 - September 30, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 1 - October 7, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 8 - October 14, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 15 - October 21, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: October 22 - October 28, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: November 5 - November 11, 2017
- Design Challenge Weekly Summary: November 12 - November 18, 2017 Final Week
- Design Challenge Summary : IoT On Wheels Challenge