Design

Unleashing the power of Bluetooth technology

28th February 2018
Alice Matthews

The community for engineers, element14.com, has launched a new Design Challenge called 'Bluetooth Unleashed'. This latest challenge encourages designers and engineers to showcase the power of Bluetooth technology by building a prototype using one of ten top selling Bluetooth development boards and underscores the commitment of Farnell element14, the Development Distributor, to drive innovation and be a champion for makers and engineers.

The Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge from element14 asks challengers to submit a project idea that harnesses the power of Bluetooth to inspire creativity and imagination. Projects can focus on anything from tracking pets, to multiplayer games and home automation. Challengers are encouraged to think creatively about how Bluetooth can be used to solve the problems facing them today.

“As connected devices continue to permeate our lives, we’re looking for innovative new project ideas that push the boundaries of Bluetooth technology,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media for the element14 community. “Through the Bluetooth Unleashed Design Challenge, we’re excited to see how designers, engineers, makers and even parents apply the limitless power of Bluetooth technology to improve our world.”

Designers can apply to participate in Bluetooth Unleashed until 21st March. On 27th March, up to 20 challengers will be chosen to build their projects using selected products, including one 'Hero' Board and a $150 credit to be used at Farnell element14.

The challengers will have 11 weeks to build their projects, and develop ten blog posts sharing their progress with the element14 community. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges from Farnell element14, Avnet and the element14 community on originality, innovation and technical merit.

The first, second and third place winners for the ‘Bluetooth Unleashed’ design challenge will receive $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 credits, respectively, at Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe and element14 in APAC.

Bluetooth Unleashed design challenge finishers will receive a signature finisher prize pack that includes a PocketBeagle from BeagleBoard.org, Tenma Fume Extractor, Tenma Soldering Station and an element14 community backpack

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