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Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14!  I just got back from Charleston, SC where I attended ProtoCon 2016 where Element14’s own BenHeck was the keynote speaker. The conference was great, and I enjoyed meeting a new group of engineers and makers. That’s not the reason for this blog though, so lets get on with the details from the past week in the Design Challenges! Unlike the previous week, the past 7 days have been about normal for the Open Source Music Challenge in terms of number of new project updates that were posted. In case you missed my last Design Challenge Weekly Summary, the Make Life Accessible Challenge is getting close to its extended submissions deadline, so remember to get your project proposals in asap!

 

 

Open Source Music Tech

 

In the past week, we have had a total of three project updates posted to three different projects. While this is a little less than I like to see, I am excited to see progress being made! I highly suggest that you head over to the challenge’s project blog’s page to check all of these out. This week I will be highlighting two projects.

 

 

In the past week the following three projects have have been updated:

 

 

This Week’s Top Updates

 

 

Project: eViolin - Sacrificial Violin

 

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Stephen Olsen (selement14)  project, eViolin, saw a very controversial post (with violin rights organizations) this week featured the deconstruction of a cheap violin Stephen acquired from Amazon. Stephen warns that if you are faint at heart, and get queasy around musical instrument violence, then you should not watch the video embedded in this update. Using a bench grinder, and some hacksaw blades, the violin’s body was saved. Unfortunately, its top plate did not survive the surgery, but will be rebuilt with some electronics in the near future.

 

 

Vintage Toy Synthesiser - BeagleBone Proto Cape

 

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While no musical instrument surgery took place this week in project: Vintage Toy Synthesiser, Liam Lacey (liamtmlacey) did get some work done. Instead of using unsecured jumper wires, Liam wanted to find a way to securely fasten the project’s signal wires to the Beaglebone BlackBeaglebone Black. He also knew that he did not want to solder anything directly to the development board, so the decision was made to solder some screw terminals onto an Adafruit Beaglebone Proto CapeAdafruit Beaglebone Proto Cape. This will allow him to easily move connections from one pin to another, and still be able to secure them to prevent any breaks in the connection.

 

 

 

Make Life Accessible Design Challenge

 

 

Initially, Element14 set a deadline of February 19th for submissions to thew Make Life Accessible Design Challenge  but this week the decision was made to extend the application deadline to March 4, 2016. This should give everyone a chance to get their project idea submitted for consideration. If you have not yet submitted your entry, now is the time to do so. Head over to this page to get your idea in the project pool! Check out the links below to find out more about the Make Life Accessible Challenge, and how you can submit your project idea!

 

 

 

That is going to wrap things up for this installment of the Design Challenge Weekly Summary here at Element14. I will be back next week with another installment, until then remember to Hack The World, and Make Awesome!

Welcome to another installment in the Design Challenge Weekly Summary series here at Element14!  February is a big month for the Design Challenge series here at Element14. The Open Source Music Challenge is in full swing and the project proposal process is open for the Make Life Accessible challenge. If you have not checked out either challenge yet, you are truly missing out. The Music Tech challenge has some amazing projects in development, and the prizes being offered in Make Life Accessible are about as good as it gets!

 

Open Source Music Tech

 

In the past week, we have had a total of three project updates posted from just two projects. While this is a lot lower than I would like to see, all three updates were quite informative and well written. Head over to the challenge’s project blog’s page to check all of these out. With only three post this week I will be trimming the number of post I feature here to just one.

 

In the past week a two projects have has been updated:

 

 

This Week’s Top Update

 

 

Project LaserScope Music: Issues with prototype

 

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Adam John Williams (adamjohnwilliams) project, Laser Scope Music, hit a small bump in the road last week when the laws of physics prevented the actuator arms from tiny 1.8-inch hard drives from moving with heavy mirrors on them. To combat this, Adam plans on using the actuator assembly from larger 3.5-inch  hard drives which in theory should have more powerful motors. Before Adam hacks apart two more hard drives, he decided to test his mechanical mirror assembly using a prototype built out of cardboard. This will allow him to measure the movement available from the planned HDD setup’s limited range of motion.

Make Life Accessible Design Challenge

If you have been living under a rock, you might not have heard the good news! The newly announced Make Life Accessible Design Challenge aims to make the community think up new motor-control inspired solutions that will improve the lives pf people who are disabled, or who are considered vulnerable. Enter your design project by 19th February 23:59 GMT and be in with a chance of being selected as a sponsored challenger receiving the Official Challenger Kit  which includes the NXP FRDM-KV31F Freedom Development PlatformNXP FRDM-KV31F Freedom Development Platform, NXP FRDM-MC-LVPMSM Low-Voltage Motor Control KitNXP FRDM-MC-LVPMSM Low-Voltage Motor Control Kit and much more free of charge!

 

 

Fifteen of the most interesting project concepts will be selected by the official judging panel on 1st March 2016. Whether you receive the challenger kit or decide to enter on your own, you will still win at least one fabulous prize for completing a project. Check out the links below to find out more about the Make Life Accessible Challenge, and how you can submit your project idea!

 

 

That is going to wrap things up for this installment of the Design Challenge Weekly Summary here at Element14. I will be back next week with another installment, until then remember to Hack The World, and Make Awesome!