The element14 Community supports innovators and engineers in creating inventions that can make a real impact on the way people live their lives.
Design Challenges are competitions where selected Members are given a kit of products that they use to create innovative solutions for some of society’s biggest problems.
Below is our catalogue of all our Design Challenges. See latest Design Challenges
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|Challenges||Sponsors / Collaborators||Featured Products||Grand Prize Winning Projects|
element14 invites all engineers, DIY hobbyists and tinkerers to upcycle an obsolete item, computer, piece of electronic equipment or appliance and make a cool new electronics project built around the Intel® Edison Kit for Arduino.
|Duratool, EnOcean, Raspberry Pi Foundation||Frederick Vandenbosch's Pi IoT Alarm Clock Frederick built two units to provide full monitoring and control of all IoT devices via a network in the most inhabited rooms at home – the living and bedroom – demonstrating how any homeowner could maintain control of chosen spaces at all times. Read More|
A motor control inspired solutions that will bring benefits to people who are disabled or considered vulnerable - enabling them to live well with their conditions as a result of Challengers solutions - staying independent, confident, active, safe and socially involved for longer.
|NXP||Douglas Wong's Moving Mirrors Clear Walk was designed to aid make safe icy walkways and driveways by redirecting sunlight. Read More|
|Autodesk Fusion 360 - CadSoft EAGLE, BeagleBoard.org||Liam Lacey's Vintage Toy Synthesiser The core idea behind this project was to turn a vintage wooden toy piano into a standalone digital hardware synthesiser, keeping the existing key mechanism and enclosure. Read More|
Vertical Farming is a fast developing industry to meet our ability to grow fresh food in urban areas - closer to the populations that will consume them. This means shifting from traditional outdoor gardens to indoor systems for food production.
|Silicon Labs, Würth Electronik||José Marques' Modular Farm Project used solar energy as a renewable power source and stored the surplus generated on an efficient lithium-ion battery power bank to build a sustainable system targeting a net-zero energy situation. Read More|
The element14 members were 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.
|Raspberry Pi Foundation||Enrico Miglino AKA balearicdynamics won for his Star- Trek™ inspired build: Meditech! Read More|
Members of the element14 Community were challenged to revitalize old objects, appliances and furniture and turn them into “enchanted” ones, rendered so by the addition of the latest Internet of Things technology.
Experience the unexpected journey to build an Enchanted Objects Enchanted Cottage with Hans & Matilda by Andy Clark, the winner of the enchanted objects design challenge. All our challengers made the Ordinary become Extraordinary. Winner, Andy Clark designed enchanted object right out of the storybooks. Deep in the forest is a small cottage owned by a timeless couple, Hans and Matilda who are doomed never to meet - for when it is wet he goes outside, but when it is dry she must leave the house. Read More
|Analog Devices, Tektronix||Cosmin Iorga designed a Wearable Sudden Impact and Health Monitor to try and detect athletes’ health conditions that require medical attention when immediate symptoms may not always give advance warning to an inevitable health issue. Read More|
This design competition was kicked off with the objective of creating a solution using Internet of Things technology to sense the environment we live in and how IoT can help us build a cleaner and less polluted world.
|CISCO, eclipse, Keysight Technologies, Sierra Wireless, Texas Instruments, Würth Electronik|
The Grand Prize went to Christever del Rosario of New Zealand for his Carbon Footprint Monitoring System - a basic yet functional prototype that would monitor the Winners own daily carbon footprint. Read More
Ten Competitors from around the world were challenged with upgrading an everyday hat. Each competitor was given an Adafruit GEMMA Sensor Pack to bring their ideas into reality. Music festival mullet, Easter Bonnet, Jaunty Fascinator and even an Iron Man Helmet are all here.
Barbara Eldredge developed a Jaunty Fascinator that changes color (cool to warm) and intensity (dim to bright) based on the wearer's amount of movement. Four NeoPixels are concealed within elegantly sewn folds of translucent polyethylene plastic, creating a diffusion effect for the light. The plastic folds also hide a base supporting the Gemma battery pack, and the added Flora Accelerometer used to detect the wearer's movement. Read More
A Kit including a Raspberry Pi Model B+, an EnOcean Pi Transceiver and a PiFace Digital board was delivered to 20 Challengers from across the globe. The challenge? To deliver an IoT solution that would allow peace of mind while taking a vacation holiday.
CadSoft EAGLE, Eclipse IoT, EnOcean, openHAB, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Tektronix
|Frederick Vandenbosch built his system around a Raspberry Pi Model B+ using its GPIO pins and USB ports to connect a variety of sensors. In addition, he used the RPiSoC for tasks such as driving servos to control the automatic dispensing of cat food, the EnOcean Pi to monitor remote conditions such as whether a door is left open or closed, and an Arduino Uno to transmit the status of remote RFID devices. Read More|
Ten brave challengers embarked on an epic quest to build the greatest internet connected invention. Armed with the SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi© CC3200 LaunchPad from Texas Instruments one heroic contestant rose to challenge and was victorious.
Janis Alnis designed the Tomato Greenhouse after envisioning a solar powered garden lamp with IoT connectivity, employing a PIR motion detector that will only switch on the LEDs when someone is nearby. Such lights are very practical at the house entrance door when trying to find keys. 12 superbright white LEDs draw 400 mA from 2xAA 2500 mAh rechargeable batteries. Read More
The competition aims to challenge design engineers to create and discover new uses for inductive sensing, a contactless, magnet-free sensing technology. Sensors convert readings into digital information that can be stored and shared online, and this technology has significant implications for the Internet of Things.
|CadSoft EAGLE, Texas Instruments|
We believe that it has been definitively proven that Wireless Power isn't just for phones: throughout the course of this challenge, we witnessed it used in everything from an illuminated beer tap to a sensor for detecting melanoma. There's no doubt that Wireless Power can make our world more fun as well as safer.
|CadSoft EAGLE, Texas Instruments, Würth Electronik||Eduardo Iscar Rüland (aka ForcisConnect) designed a hermetically sealed, wireless powered transponder for those working at sea. Read More|
Challengers were encouraged to develop a state-of-the-art karaoke experience with Raspberry Pi and its accessories. The objective being to bring Bollywood and Bangalore closer together through the marriage of song and technology.
|Raspberry Pi Foundation||Shrenik Shikhare not only made one Karaoke machine, he made two - the first used the PiFace Control and Display. Read More|
|Frederick Vandenbosch produced a first class radio, he created one that many of us wish we could have in our homes. Furthermore, as this photo indicates, it's also the height of urban chic. Read More|
|Raspberry Pi Foundation|
The grand prize winner was Top Member Frederick Vandenbosch.
Seven members also received the kit for free. Read More
"Smarter Life" projects were invited to enhance home, office and / or car using the PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kit.
|Cypress||Douglas Wong designed The Henrietta project that implemented a widely used household system (thermostat) leveraging some of the world's greatest technologies like cell phones, PCs, Bluetooth, android and GPS - all of which help make the system more powerful, more exciting and relevant to today's wireless generation. Read More|
Eight challengers built wearable electronics projects to enhance their daily lives using the FLORA platform. Possible applications: telepresence color-changing lamps, GPS-guided scavenger hunts, motion-activated bouquets for Mom, and so much more. They created technology that helps people get that much closer!
Leslie Birch developed The FLORAbrella Finale, an umbrella equipped with LED neopixel strips that change color. It had three modes: color match, which used a color sensor to match colors; a rainbow display; and simulated rainfall.
Linda Kaspers developed the FLORAColorCam, her ColorCam to help teach children colors. It also helped children learn the colors of various objects. When the user took a picture of any one of Linda's felt pictures, which depict a red strawberry or a yellow sun, for example, they were given three color choices on the back of the camera. One of the choices was the matching color, and a series of green lights appeared if the correct color is selected.
Selected competitors were provided with Energy Harvesting Solution to Go Kits, and used them to make a new product, which could either use Energy Harvesting to replace a device that uses battery or mains power, or alternatively, create an entirely new gadget of their own design.
Linear Technology, Silicon Labs, Würth Electronik, element14
|Texas Instruments, Würth Electronik||With today's portable devices demanding an increasing amount of power, and higher-power batteries requiring more advanced control systems, our winner Chad Johnson built a Wireless Power Evaluation Kit for both Raspberry Pi and the BeagleBone and represented innovation at its best. Read More|
The challenge was to design and build a working prototype application using existing development tools, software, and design tools (including CadSoft EAGLE) that would create a real-world solution for the Home Automation market. The end application had to include functional elements utilizing wireless, sensing, motor control, and lighting.
|CadSoft EAGLE, Texas Instruments||Monte Chan designed project "Code Name." The theory of operation was very simple. Remote commands come through as UDP datagrams to the CC3000 via Wi-Fi and then MSP430FR5739 parses these datagrams and processes accordingly. Read More|