Submit your safety-oriented wearable designs 'till the end of the month

January 03, 2017 // By Julien Happich
element14 has launched a new design challenge for designers and engineers called ‘Safe and Sound’. Sponsored by Texas Instruments (TI), element14 will challenge 15 community members to design a personal safety-oriented wearable device or solution that protects a person from personal and environmental risks, monitors personal health or protects personal property from theft.

The application areas for this challenge are endless, touching on all areas of work and life, whether you are walking home by one’s self late at night or working within an industrial setting with potential personal safety risks. The goal of the element14 Safe and Sound challenge is to solve personal safety risks with wearable technology - integrating technology into a wearable device such as clothing, a wristwatch, a necklace, a pendant or an arm band.

element14 invites entries from electronic engineers, performance apparel designers and makers to conceive and build any ‘safe and sound’ wearable to steer the world close to our vision of improving personal protection.

Applications for the Safe and Sound challenge will run until January 27, 2017. Then fifteen official challengers will be announced on February 13, 2017. Challengers are required to integrate TI’s low-power and high-performance MSP432 microcontroller (MCU) , via the MSP432 LaunchPad development kit, as the main application MCU in to their design, but are also encouraged to incorporate additional components from the official Design Challenge Kit provided by element14.

Finalists will then have until May 12th, 2017 to submit their projects. Entries will be judged on originality, innovation and technical merit by a panel of judges including experts from TI and the wearables sector. The winners will be announced by the end of May 2017.

The grand prize winner will receive a DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter worth $1600 and the runner up will receive a DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter worth $800. All other completed projects published on element14 will receive an RF Sports Watch with USB Data Logger and 96 Segment LCD Display.

More information and entry submission at www.element14.com/safeandsound