The first week of the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge has come and gone, and there have been a few project updates posted already. If you would like the full rundown on the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge and its challengers, head over to my official introduction post. If you want the highlights, the next section in this weekly summary will clue you in on what's going on!
Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge
About The Challenge
Featured as the second design challenge of 2018, the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge opened for project idea submissions in February 2018, which was met with many submissions from community members. As I mentioned earlier, the challenge is based on ten different development boards, with each challenger choosing one of these development boards to base their project around. Challengers have eleven weeks to develop their project and share their progress in a series of weekly updates posts. By posting a minimum of ten update post, challengers become eligible to win several awesome prizes, and the chance to become one of our prestigious design challenge winners.
While sixteen project proposals were chosen to be the official projects of the challenge, entering the challenge is not limited to just those sixteen community members. Anyone can join the Challenge as a non-sponsored Challenger, and still be eligible win one of the three prizes. If you are a non-sponsored challenger all you need to do is integrate one of the 10 Hero Boards into your project, utilize its Bluetooth, and post 10 blogs about your design journey in the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge space (tagging those blogs 'Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge').
The Official Kit
As I mentioned earlier, the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge is a bit atypical in that instead of one specific development board that has to be used, challengers have their choice to use any one of ten various development boards to base their project around. Each of these boards feature built-in Bluetooth connectivity or feature a daughter board that gives it Bluetooth capabilities. Each of these boards has been listed below with a link to purchase it from Element14.
- Cypress -
- BBC -
- Redbear -
- NXP -
- STM -
- BeagleBone -
- Pycom -
- Raspberry Pi -
- Samsung ARTIK -
- Texas Instruments -
To learn more about each of these components or to purchase them to use in your own project, visit the official kit announcement or click the links above.
- Grand Prize: $2000.00 USDShopping Cart at any element14 transactional site.
- Runner-Up Prize: $1500.00 USD Shopping Cart at any element14 transactional site.
- Third Prize: $1000.00 USD Shopping Cart at any element14 transactional site.
- *University Team Prize: $2000.00 USD Shopping Cart on Newark.com site.
Anyone who has completed their project, used one of the 10 Hero Boards with Bluetooth, posted 10+ updates in the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge space, and adhered to the requirements in the Terms and Conditions will receive the following items: , , , and element14 Community Backpack.
*Enrolled University Teams (Students and Tutors) will be treated as an individual and asked to follow the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge: Terms & Conditions. Click here for more information on the University Team Prize.
- University Teams will need to complete 10+ Blog Posts to be eligible for the University Team Prize.
- One person must be selected as the recipient of team prizes and kit.
- Please Identify your team members and university in your application.
The Past Week In Review
Over the past 7 days, April 29th - May 5th, we have had a total of five updates posted on across projects. I’m going to pick a few of my favorite updates from the week and highlight them below, but before we get into that let's take a look at which projects were updated this week!
- Project: Home Security System Implemented with Bluetooth LE - by Keith Edwards (email@example.com)
- Project:World of Bluetooth - Felo'melorn - by Frederick Vandenbosch (fvan)
- Project:BT_Sentry - by Mark Beckett (mcb1)
- Project:AAPSAD (Adaptive Ambiance for People with Stress and Depression) - by Sakthivigneshwar R (sakthi.1260)
- Project:LOKI - by John Kutzschebauch (jkutzsch)
This Week’s Top Updates
Project: BT_Sentry - Bluetooth Unleashed Blog #1 - Introduction
My first featured project update of this challenge is BT_Sentry by Mark Beckett (mcb1). In the project’s first post Mark lays out his plans to use Bluetooth to further automate his home, specifically to notify him of vehicles entering his property. He plans on sniffing the MAC address of the vehicles traversing his driveway, and if the MAC is not from a known vehicle, the system will perform such task as turning on security lights, notifying the residents of the home, etc. This is going to be one of those projects to watch closely, as it has a lot of potential! Head over to the link above for the full post.
Project: Home Security System Implemented with Bluetooth LE - Bluetooth Unleashed Blog #1 - Introduction
Keith Edwards’ (firstname.lastname@example.org) project, Home Security System Implemented with Bluetooth LE, wins our second spot this week. Centered around home automation, Keith wants to build a bluetooth mesh network that will allow various sensors, and control systems to communicate back to a central hub. “The goal of this project is to demonstrate how Bluetooth technology can be implemented to provide a more secure environment for the homeowner. I will build a Bluetooth mesh network made up of series of sensors attached to Bluetooth modules,” he wrote. "These sensors will send the status of the devices, appliances, and environment in and around the house to the BeagleBone Black. The BeagleBone Black will process the information sent from the sensors and act accordingly on the information. Depending on the information, the BeagleBone Black will send statuses to a website allowing the homeowner to manipulate the devices attached to the sensor. This includes turning lights on/off, turning appliances on/off, and viewing video streams. Also, the BeagleBone Black will initiate its own alarms when required.”
That is going to wrap up my first weekly summary of the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge. Remember to check back each week for a complete summary of the previous weeks updates. If you would like to learn more about this challenge, and to see what progress has been made, head over to the its official challenge page. Before I go, I wanted to ask you what you thought about this past week’s updates? Let me know by leaving a comment below!