Hello all,


I'm catching up in time, which means that some of you might not have had time to post this week. All in all, since the start of the challenge we've already seen more than 100 blog posts in this group on the PSOC4, and that's really good!


Update on the complete challenge

Here are some posts to get you started if you jumped into this challenge, and didn't get the full context:

Smarter Life Challenge Competitors (thanks joeman!)

Review of first design week!

Overview - week 2 of PSOC Design Challenge

Overview, Week 3 and a bit

Overview, week 4 and a bit


A word about deadlines

This is a challenge; probably the greatest challenge will be to get your projects finished in time! The community of element14 will also choose a winner, by public voting. That voting opens at December 16th, so it would be nice to have a nice post about your project by that time, just to get a good total view of what you've done. The voting, and the challenge, remains open until the 17th of January.


"My weekly view"

The amount of blog posts is declining a bit; I guess you're all really crunching your brains now to get to better solutions and don't have time to share your inner thoughts with us, (sometimes quiet) readers of the blog! I'm repeating myself to say that it's really cool to see what you're doing with the PSOCs. I'll probably repeat more often Cosmin, Abjihit and Yuri showed some great applications in the 'Creator' interface, where custom blocks and Cypress-provided blocks help simplifying the interface between microcontroller and fysical world. Both on a hardware and on a software level! Also, Montes' WS2812 decoder is very nice work, I have a weak spot for reading protocols with very little resources (and yes, you may call me a geek....)!

Good luck to all contestants!



This week in blog posts


WhoWhatPosts This weekKeywords, Summary
Alex BehnazSleep sensor

Memory, Communication, and Protocols

This will be a LOW power project.

Communication protocol revisited

Abhijit BoseDAS Project; Digital Security Application, Smart Home Security

PSoC4 Smarter Life Challenge - DAS Project: LCD Update


LCD screen issue fixed using UDB features

Monte ChanSmart Christmas Lights

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 022

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 023

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 024

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 025

LED lighting, exploring feautures of PSOC kit

Driving motors with help of the Arduino Motor Shield, writing and reading the WS-2812 protocol

Wojchech GelmudaSmight - Smart home lighting


Connectivity, lighting, LED

No post this week

Javier HernandezCar security / car tracking, cloud service

Smart Life Challenge: geCar Update

Smarter Life Challenge: geoCar Family keeps on growing

Sensors, web connectivity

Getting GPS working, and a working prototype!

Cosmin IorgaBrainwave based controller

Smarter Life Challenge - Brainwaves based appliance controller - Update 6

Detailed EMG measurements

Getting very far with the implementation of a protocol. Nice usage of PSOC features!

Anthony KahlSmart Bicycle Light

Smarter Life Challenge: Smart Bicycle Light (update #5)

User experience, simplicity of use

System engineering; choosing the right device for the right purpose!

Linas KarpaviciusSmart Reflow OvenThe specified item was not found.

Control algorithm

No reflow oven for Linas this week; he's tracking his car using a GPS board!

Jianyi LiuSteadyClip, Camera Gimbal

SteadyClip, An Economical Camera Gimbal – Part 08: Windows 8.1 Drivers

SteadyClip, An Economical Camera Gimbal – Part 09: Power Analysis

IMU, motor and motion control

This week: issue with Win8.1 fixed, and a  thorough post on power design

Jim LynchSmart faucet / Smart lightingNo post this week
Mala MitraOven control based on analog PID

No post this week

Peter ShabinoPlant monitor (water, light)


Analog sensing, plant water control

no post this week

Paul SisnerosSmart Coffee Maker

Smarter Life Challenge: Progress on The Robot Arm

Automation, process control

3d prints of coffee cup gripper

Mani ThundiyilIntelligent and autonomous wheelchair

No post this week

Yuri ThkhonovSmart Diagnosic System

PSoC 4 Tricopter (Smarter Life Challenge) part #6

Control, diagnostics.

Background and start of implementation of Tricopter control

Steve TurnerUnCoStat, Smart Thermostat


User interface, connectivity,

Nothing this week



Good luck everyone! You've got 46 days left until the end of the challenge: 17th of January