Competitors will have from March 24 until June 27, 2014 to complete their projects using the Wireless Power Solution Transfer Kit, produced by both Texas Instruments (TI) and Wurth Electronics. Participants will also receive a budget of USD 275 for additional components, courtesy of TI, and a 12-month CadSoft Pro License.
The Qi-compliant contact-less charging kit supports plug-and-play 5W wireless power transfer, it comes with complete development boards for easy integration.
The grand prize winner of element14’s Beyond the Phone Wireless Power Challenge will receive a Macbook Pro with retina display. The runner up will receive a Google Nexus 7. The winning competitors will participate in a Google Hangout with Texas Instruments in May to discuss the evolution of wireless power.
The finalists include Dr. Janis Alnis (Latvia) who proposes to wirelessly charge a skin cancer screening device currently in development at a University of Latvia laboratory.
Mark Beckett (New Zealand) plan to design an “Electronic Shopping List” using an ePaper display and a low power wireless controller.
Kevin Jose (India) will use the kit for charging Smart ID cards that store and automatically update personal information including schedules, appointments, etc.
Hendrik Lipka (Germany) wants to build a charger station and a wireless power solution for his son’s battery-operated toys.
Alex Marconnet (U.S.) will come up with a universal, portable charging pad to power everyday devices in the home including phones, television remotes, etc.
Rich Mayfield (U.S.) will work on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can charge wirelessly and resist water penetration.
Martin Puig (Germany) wants to explore the wireless charging station for television remotes.
Eduardo Iscar Ruland (Spain) will implement wireless charging for a “Man Over Board” localisation device for boaters.
Maneesh Sharma (India) will design an emergency light pathway with a wireless charger base for senior citizens.
Xu Weijie (China) will compete with robot vacuum cleaners to be wirelessly charged.
Malcolm Whinfield (Australia) is committed to design a wireless power base to charge a smoke alarm, doorbell and telephone alerting device used to support his wife’s disability.
Participants will document their progress through photos, videos and blog posts at the element14 Community.
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