Finalists of wireless power challenge announced

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An autonomous underwater vehicle, a wireless skin cancer screening device and a wireless charging station for robot vacuum cleaners have all been selected as finalists in element 14's wireless power design competition.

The contest, which received hundreds of entries from across the globe, offers engineers the chance to develop and build wireless solutions for charging everyday devices. The 12 finalists now have until 27 June to complete their projects using the Wireless Power Solution Transfer Kit from Wurth Electronics and Texas Instruments. Participants will also receive $275 for additional components, courtesy of TI, and a 12-month CadSoft Pro License. "The quality of the submissions we received was incredible," said Dianne Kibbey, global head of community at element14. "Some of the proposed builds will provide modern conveniences in the home or office, while others could actually help save lives." Other solutions which made it to the final include a charger station and wireless power solution for battery-operated toys, an emergency light pathway for elderly people and smart ID cards that store and automatically update personal information. The winner will receive a Macbook Pro with retina display. The runner up will receive a Google Nexus 7.