Hello all,



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 Joseph Man!)

Review of first design week!

Overview - week 2 of PSOC Design Challenge

Overview, Week 3 and a bit

Overview, week 4 and a bit

Overview, week 5

Overview, week 6


"My weekly view"

It's getting hot in here! Most participants are getting very, very much ready for prototype testing, and I think there will be a nice showdown in the first weeks of January. On the PCB trail the first PCB's have returned to their designers (Peter Shabino) to be tested, while others are still pushing out their design to board manufacturers (Anthony Kahl, Linas Karpavicius) or do simple home etching (Yuri Thikonov).


Most of you are now at ease in all tooling provided, and confident in your design, at least for the part that should be ready in January. I'm still impressed by all the good stuff created, and the level of participation. Really, really great, and I'm so much looking forward to what you're going to accomplish in and after this challenge!


Big thanks to Jim Lynch for putting one of his design aids (excel sheet for pinout planning) online!


Tomorrow (dec. 16th) the public voting will start!!

What's at stake? "

  • The People's Choice Winner, based on community polling which begins on December 16, 2013 and ends on January 17, 2014 will receive a $1500 voucher for element14's online retail sites.

Reason enough to get your posts comming up!


This week in blog posts


WhoWhatPosts This weekKeywords, Summary
Alex BehnazSleep sensor


This will be a LOW power project.

No post this week

Abhijit BoseDAS Project; Digital Security Application, Smart Home SecurityPSoC4 Smarter Life Challenge - DAS Project: Update on Stage 3


Abjihit shows how his system is built up. Lots of connections are working by now!

Monte ChanSmart Christmas Lights

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 030

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 031

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 032

A Very Compact Christmas Display - Part 033

LED lighting, exploring feautures of PSOC kit

Getting fonts on the displays!

Wojchech Gelmuda*Smight - Smart home lighting


Connectivity, lighting, LED

No post this week

Javier HernandezCar security / car tracking, cloud service

Smart Life Challenge: GeoCar in a Box

Smart Life Challenge: GeoCar quick update On the line (online!)

Smart Life Challenge: GeoCar gets a Logo

SmartLife Challenge: GeoCar on Droid

Sensors, web connectivity

How to connect the PSOC5 pins while using an Arduino shield, update of the tools to get data from PSOC online. Also a new logo and a first test drive!Finally: Android App Time!

Cosmin IorgaBrainwave based controller

Smarter Life Challenge - Brainwaves based appliance controller - Update 7

Detailed EMG measurements

detailed info on IR protocol issue.

Anthony KahlSmart Bicycle Light

Smarter Life Challenge: Smart Bicycle Light (update #6)

User experience, simplicity of use

Another PCB design!

Linas KarpaviciusSmart Reflow Oven

PSoC Challange "6000lm Bike lamp"

Control algorithm

Linas had some spare time, so took on another project to create a beast of a bike light, also PSOC powered!!

Jianyi LiuSteadyClip, Camera Gimbal


IMU, motor and motion control

No post this week

Jim LynchSmart faucet / Smart lightingSmarterLife Challenge - Still trying to figure it all out.

User interface, Capacitive touch

A post with stuff not working, but ammendments that are looking very promising!! Good luck Jim!

Mala MitraOven control based on analog PIDPost 6: Oven Control with PSOC 4

Temperature Control

Test of the user interface, showing the error in the control loop.

Peter ShabinoPlant monitor (water, light)

Soil moisture sensor assembly

Analog sensing, plant water control

First PCB's to arrive back from design, results look promising...

Paul SisnerosSmart Coffee Maker

Smarter Life Challenge - Materials in the Robot Arm

Automation, process control

Materials chosen for arm.

Mani ThundiyilIntelligent and autonomous wheelchair


Robotics, motor control, automation

No post this week

Yuri TikhonovSmart Diagnosic System

PSoC 4 Tricopter (Smarter Life Challenge) part #8

Control, diagnostics.

Waiting for parts from hobbyking, Yuri made a PCB and programmed his PSOC... yet no 'copter hardware to test it on...

Steve TurnerUnCoStat, Smart Thermostat

UnCoStat Update #3 Frustration

IO and Resource Allocation Spreadsheets

User interface, connectivity,

Why Steve didn't get further last weeks AND an update on trying to get epaper going.

big helping spreadsheet to get you going in pin allocation!!



Good luck everyone! You've got 33 days left until the end of the challenge: 17th of January