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‘Safe & Sound’ wearables design challenge

Sponsored by Texas Instruments (TI), element14 invites electronic engineers, designers and makers to participate in the ‘Safe & Sound’ design challenge. To win the challenge, makers need to design a 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 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 or an arm band.

element14 will accept applications for the Safe and Sound challenge from now until January 27, 2017. Fifteen official challengers will be announced on February 13, 2017.

Challengers are required to integrate TI’s MSP432 MCU, via the MSP432 LaunchPad development kit, as the main application MCU into their design. They are also encouraged to incorporate additional components from the official Design Challenge Kit provided by element14.

Each of the 15 challengers will provide weekly updates on their progress through blog posts, photos and videos via the element14 Community. 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.

To learn more about the ‘Safe and Sound’ design challenge, visit

Peggy Lee

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