12 Finalists to Develop Wireless Power Solutions in Newest element14 Design Competition

element14-logoNew Delhi, India, March 20, 2014:  The award winning and first-of-its-kind element14 Community has selected 12 finalists in the “Beyond the Phone” Wireless Power Challenge. The finalists were chosen from hundreds of submissions around the world to build wireless power solutions for everyday devices.

The competition aims to liberate design engineers from the tether of traditional power supplies, and ultimately bring wirelessly controlled devices to consumers. Following a challenge in 2013, this is element14’s second wireless power competition, and the proposed projects have evolved significantly.

Global Head of Community at element14 Dianne Kibbey said, “The quality of the submissions we received was incredible. Some of the proposed builds will provide modern conveniences in the home or office, while others could actually help save lives. The element14 Community was there during the early stages of wireless power development, and we’re proud to help it reach its full potential by sponsoring these 12 unique design projects from around the world.” 

Competitors will have time from March 24 until June 27, 2014 to complete their projects using the Wireless Power Solution Transfer Kit, which is produced by both Texas Instruments (TI) and Wurth Electronics. Participants will also receive a budget of $275 for additional components, courtesy of TI, and a 12-month CadSoft Pro License.

Simon Leuz, Distribution Sales Manager EMEA, Wurth Electronics, said, “Wurth’s Wireless Power kit provides Qi-compliant contact-less charging, a plug-and-play 5W wireless power transfer, complete development boards for easy integration and much more. We are excited to partner with element14 to bring wireless power solutions to engineers everywhere.”

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.

Applications Manager at Texas Instruments Upal Sengupta said,  “Wireless power technology is already bringing convenience to the recharging process for millions of smartphone users around the world, but we know that this technology can enable many new applications in other areas as well. The TI semiconductors and Wurth magnetic components in the Wireless Power Kit provide a foundation that will allow creative engineers to demonstrate wireless power in combination with their own innovative ideas.  We are all eager to see how they might be used in the element14 Design Challenge.”

The finalists, as well as their locations and design proposals, are:

  • Dr. Janis Alnis (Latvia): wirelessly charge a skin cancer screening device currently in development at a University of Latvia laboratory 
  • Mark Beckett (New Zealand): “Electronic Shopping List” using an ePaper display and low power wireless controller 
  • Kevin Jose (India): Smart ID cards that store and automatically update personal information including schedules, appointments, etc. 
  • Hendrik Lipka (Germany): A charger station and wireless power solution for his son’s battery-operated toys 
  • Alex Marconnet (U.S.): A universal, portable charging pad to power everyday devices in the home including phones, television remotes, etc. 
  • Rich Mayfield (U.S.): An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can charge wirelessly and resist water penetration 
  • Martin Puig (Germany): Charging station and wireless power solution for television remotes 
  • Eduardo Iscar Ruland (Spain): Wireless “Man Over Board” localization device for boaters 
  • Maneesh Sharma (India): Emergency light pathway with wireless charger base for senior citizens 
  • Xu Weijie (China): Wireless charging solution for robot vacuum cleaners 
  • Malcolm Whinfield (Australia): A wireless power base to charge a smoke alarm, doorbell and telephone alerting device used to support his wife’s disability

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