element14 “In the Air” design challenge announced


The largest design community of its kind, Element14, which has more than 250,000 members, has released the announcement of its most anticipated design challenges ever-the “In the Air” challenge. This challenge is an initiative which is a global competition that encourages participating engineers to evolve pioneering pollution measurement applications and is backed by partners including Texas Instruments (TI), Cisco Systems, Würth Elektronik, Sierra Wireless , The Eclipse Foundation and Keysight Technologies.

element14 "In the Air”

 element14 “In the Air” design challenge

Participants will use a core kit that features several popular products: the element14 BeagleBone Black, Würth power inductors and TI’s SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi® CC3200 LaunchPad and ultra-low power MSP430FR5969 FRAM LaunchPad. The goal of this initiative is to create advanced and creative Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions calculate the amount of pollution and deliver that information quickly to enable smart and prompt interventions.

“In the Air” aims to create IoT-base gadgets that identify the levels of pollution and enable to take prompt actions that help to increase and improve the quality of life and safety for people. The “In the Air” design challenge reveals how the IoT can figure out solutions to real-world problems like air pollution with a wireless sensor network.

The participants in the competition will be provided with element14 BeagleBone Black 4G, TI SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 LaunchPad, TI ultra-low power MSP-EXP430FR5969 FRAM LaunchPad, Würth Metal Alloy Power Inductor, Würth Shielded Power Inductor, Würth Low Profile High Current Power Inductors, a 6-month License, access to the Eclipse Foundation’s IoT platform, access to Sierra Wireless’ AirVantage M2M Cloud Platform.

Also, all the participants will receive an amount of Rs 30564.7 budget for additional parts and prototyping and Rs 3912.35 toward Würth Elektronik’s PCB services. Moreover all passive components, switches, LEDs and connectors that are listed on Würth’s website will be supplied free of cost. Texas Instruments has also dispensed Rs 305645.56 towards the challenge.

The recruitment period starts today and will end on 13th October, Monday .Amongst them, 10 participants will be chosen to build their designs and blog at the award-winning element14 design community al through the challenge. They will share their ideas and address the most important challenges. The competition is scheduled to end on 30th January 2015.The announcement of the winners will be made in the early February.

The winners will receive a magnificent prize that includes a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, a TI Bluetooth low energy SensorTag and a U1273A OLED Multimeter from Keysight Technologies. The Community Choice winner, who is to be selected by a vote on the element14 community, is entitled to receive a MacBook Air and a TI SensorTag as gifts.

The IoT has applications that are beyond smart homes and health monitoring. This challenge aims to create devices that help to calculate levels of pollution and enable to take steps to ensure a better quality and safety to people. This challenge is a way to showcase how the IoT can help and solve problems like air pollution with wireless sensor networks.

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Arshi Bansal

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I am an Eco(Hons.) student from the University of Delhi.I am an avid reader and very passionate about writing.I am a gadget freak and like to keep my self updated.I love to hear your reviews on my articles.So,do comment!


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