“Making Science out of Science Fiction”
element14 has been inviting engineers to build the applications of the future for some time: in the 2013 “Smarter Life” challenge, inventors were tasked with creating with smarter homes. Through the challenges utilising Wireless Power and Energy Harvesting, engineers were encouraged to experiment with new, more accessible and greener means of powering applications. Most recently, challenges have involved use of the Internet of Things, which allows for inventions that make better decisions (i.e., when to feed the cat or wake someone up) automatically based upon connected data, and thus enable greater efficiency and convenience.
As time has gone on, the tools for building advanced technology solutions have continued to lower in price; one of the most prominent innovations was the creation of the Raspberry Pi. From a software and infrastructure perspective, open source solutions such as Eclipse’s Internet of Things platform are also now available. We are now ready to challenge engineers to build creations that were once only the province of movies, novels and comic books, and deploy applications which once would have been considered “indistinguishable from magic”, thus making science out of what was once science fiction.
The element14 members are being challenged to create applications that inspired them from science fiction: the inspiration could arise from a movie, television programme, novel, comic book or even a radio show. Potential challengers will be required to detail not only the application they wish to build but also the source of their inspiration.
Each challenger will be given a Raspberry Pi and a complete suite of Accessories to execute on their projects.
- An automated quadcopter– which scans an area and creates alerts when necessary. (thus bringing to life some of the functionality from devices such as the “Hunter Seeker” from Frank Herbert’s “Dune”)
- An auto-lockdown gated system—which responds to weather conditions and secures its environment, a la Jurassic Park.
- A medical scanning device – used in conjunction with wearable technology, which can provide an accurate assessment of someone’s vital signs quickly. (thus bringing to life some of the functionality from devices the “Tricorder” from “Star Trek”)
- An environmental control system that responds to voice commands – thus bringing to life some of the functionality from Hal 9000” in “2001: A Space Odyssey” (albeit without negative consequences).
- An intelligent motion tracker – which can “see” in the dark (rather like the devices used by the Colonial Marines in “Aliens” or P. K. E. Meter from GhostBusters)
- Recruitment Opens: 14th March
- Recruitment Closes: 12th April
- Challenges Announcement: 21st April
- Final Submission: 28th August
- Winner Announced: No later than the second week of October
Challengers’ Kit List
Name / Manufacturer Number
Raspberry Pi 2
Raspberry Pi 2
Raspberry Pi B Plus
Raspberry Pi A Plus
PIFACE CONTROL & DISPLAY 2
Pi Face Control & Display
PIFACE DIGITAL 2
RPI CAMERA BOARD
FREESCALE XTRINSIC SENSORS
MEMS Sensors for Pi
MICROSTACK BASE BOARD
Microstack Base Board
Shim Real Time Click
WOLFSON AUDIO CARD
Wolfson / Cirrus Logic Audio Card
Note: this kit is subject to change based upon compatibility & availability.
The challengers should also receive –
- A license for CadSoft EAGLE.
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