element14 Pty Ltd has announced the launch of the ‘Forget Me Not’ design competition designed for engineers to develop new home monitoring and automation technologies.
Launched in collaboration with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, element14’s new Forget Me Not challenge is a global design competition that aims to encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring and automation using a core kit featuring popular products such as Raspberry Pi, EnOcean Pi, EnOcean Sensor Kit and WiPi, as well as a Tektronix oscilloscope.
The Forget Me Not challenge aims to solve problems associated with everyday tasks, such as remembering whether or not the front door has been locked, the trash taken out or the oven left on. Using energy harvesting wireless sensors, IoT technologies are able to transmit information to smartphones and tablets, giving the user a real-time update on such statuses.
Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community, element14 explains that the Internet of Things has been a hot topic in the media, but the technologies behind it have not yet become a focus of the attention. element14’s 230,000-member Community is at the forefront of this trend, with the developed projects having great implications for the smart homes of the future.
The competitors will be provided with Eclipse SmartHome, an open-source software framework that helps accelerate the development of home automation solutions. Each competitor will also get a budget of $500 to acquire additional materials.
The recruitment period will close on Monday, July 14, 2014 and a total of 15 competitors will be selected to build their designs and blog at the element14 design community. The competition will conclude in late October 2014.
The grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany, as well as a product bundle consisting of a Tektronix MDO3104 oscilloscope with a built-in spectrum analyser, a full license for EnOcean Link middleware and an EnOcean EDK 350 Developer Kit, valued at more than $20,000.
The runner up will receive a bundle including a Rapiro DIY Robot Kit and an EnOcean EDK 350 Developer Kit.
The people’s choice winner, who will be chosen by a vote on the award-winning element14 design community, will receive an EnOcean EDK 350 Developer Kit.