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Canadian clean-sweep in element14 design competition

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-09-08
Element14 has announced winners of it’s ‘Safe and Sound’ design challenge.  Sponsored by TI,  element14 challenged 15 community members to conceive and build a ‘safe and sound’ wearable to steer the world close to our vision of improving personal protection.

The top two entries were:

The Grand Prize Winner was  Douglas Wong from Canada who created an Invisible Hazardous Environmental Factors Monitoring System.  A clear winner, the judges were highly impressed with the quality of this prototype which they believe could save many lives. His project scans the immediate environment for dangerous levels of radiation, carbon monoxide, dangerous alcohol levels and other toxic gasses to protect the wearer from harm.  Modules have clean and easy-to-use user interfaces, coupled with neat and tidy 3D printed cases. The quality of videos, photos, code, and blog content produced was also exemplary.

The Runner Up was Dale Winhold, also from Canada, who developed a Cold Weather Survival Suit addressing the theme of the challenge perfectly.   This project is a great working design concept for a product that could save lives and Dale’s use of weaved flexible carbon strips was a great design choice.

The challenge also inspired the development of Safety Jackets for the Tolling Industry, Wearable tracking devices for miners and a T-shirt for Monitoring Elderly and Physically Challenged Patients.

“There is a strong spirit in the community, something which will value immensely, and this design challenge has seen our member push themselves and each other further than ever before,” says Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Content and Community, element14, “we were particularly impressed with the quality of the prototype developed by our grand prize winner Douglas Wong – an entry that has real potential in the marketplace.”

Jan Pape – Director of Distribution EMEA, at Texas Instruments said: “Through the latest ‘Safe&Sound challenge’, the element14 community is proving to me again the true value of our partnership with PremierFarnell/element14.  Having the opportunity to expose really great innovative minds to those technologies, which we at TI believe will help to make the world a better and safer place, continues to be very exciting and valuable to us,” says TI’s Jan Pape.

Entries were judged on originality, innovation and technical merit by a panel of judges including experts from Texas Instruments and element14.  The winners posted blogs and videos during the competition and you can find out more about their individual projects by visiting