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element14 announces winners of wireless power design competition

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element14 Pty Ltd has announced the two winners of its ‘Beyond the Phone’ Wireless Power Challenge.

Chosen out of 12 finalists from around the world who built wireless power solutions for everyday applications using technology from Würth Elektronik and Texas Instruments, the two winners include Eduardo Iscar Ruland of Spain, and Mark Beckett of New Zealand.

Eduardo Iscar Ruland won the grand prize for his work on a ‘man overboard’ transponder, which once built, has significant implications for those working at sea. Ruland will receive a Macbook Pro with retina display as his grand prize.

Mark Beckett was voted the winner of the Community Choice award by members of the element14 design community. Beckett integrated wireless power into everything from an e-List application to an illuminated beer tap, and won a Google Nexus 7 for his efforts.

The ‘Beyond the Phone’ Wireless Power Challenge aims to encourage design engineers to move beyond traditional power supplies and design wirelessly controlled devices for consumers. Being held for the second year, this competition’s proposed projects have evolved significantly from the 2013 edition.

Dianne Kibbey, global head of community at element14 commented that the finalists’ use of wireless power was forward-thinking and imaginative.

Builds ranged from a wirelessly charged skin cancer screening device to a universal, portable charging pad and an emergency light pathway for senior citizens. Competitors received the Wireless Power Solution Transfer Kit from Texas Instruments (TI) and Würth Elektronik, as well as $275 for additional components, courtesy of TI, and a 12-month CadSoft Pro License.

To view the participant’s progress through photos, videos and blog posts, visit the element14 engineering Community.

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