The Make The World A Better Place Design Challenge

MicroCrystal RV-8803 – A Really Accurate RTC June 17, 2019- RTC chips traditionally were the domain of Maxim and NXP. Switzerland-based MicroCrystal recently made quite a buzz with its RV-8803, which offers simple integration, an I2C interface and extreme accuracy. Let us start out by looking at a system overview. Figure one shows how this I2C RTC is made up internally – interested observers note […]
Analog Devices’ LTM2887 – If a Digital Bus Needs Galvanic Isolation June 15, 2019- In theory, digital buses are intended to connect things to one another. Sadly, one sometimes wants but a logical connection – in many cases, galvanic isolation helps out. Should you ever feel like isolating very fast buses, definitely give the LTM2887 a chance. From a technical point of view, Linear Technologies attempt at entering the […]
AVAGO APDS-9008 or APDS-9005-020 – Keeping an Eye on Ambient Light June 14, 2019- Recent times saw quite a bit of interest for part numbers such as the APDS-9008 or APDS-9005-020 – they are a very interesting type of ambient light sensor. One of the oldest questions in regards to light sensors involves their spectral sensitivity. If a part is to output but one voltage level, the conversion between […]
STMicroelectronics’ LIS2DH12 – Low Power Motion Sensing June 12, 2019- Apple’s iPhone introduced gyroscopic sensors to a wider range – before that, accelerometers were not commonly found in consumer hardware. STM sells excellent parts which, however, get little media attention – time to take a look at the LIS2DH12. Integrating the part into your circuit as an MPU6500 alternative or MPU9500 alternative is not difficult. […]
Panasonic AMG8833 – FLIR for cheap June 7, 2019- FLIR made infrared thermal sensors cool – sadly, their parts are all but cheap (and suffer from export control problems). Panasonic’s Grid-EYE family is a low-resolution alternative which comes at significantly lower cost. From a technical point of view, Panasonic’s image sensor could not be simpler. We are looking at an 8×8 sensor with an […]
DipTronics DTS-62R-V – Small Switch, Very Big (and Very Cheap) June 5, 2019- When yours truly was but a lowly cadet, various US manufacturers produced (pricey but quite reliable) switches. Chinese vendors recently started to catch up – seeing the DTS-62R-V top our customer interest list shows that the run stage of the crawl-walk-run cycle is reached. DipTronics has been around the Asian switch market for ages, exhibiting […]

Do your part to Make the World a Better Place and win cash prizes.

Design engineers and developers sit in a unique position. They literally have the power to change the world. IAR Systems, Renesas, and Embedded Computing Design are now asking the embedded community to put those powers to good use, and Make the World a Better Place.

In this unique challenge, the Better Place Challenge team are asking the electronics engineering community to develop solutions that will make a positive impact – and awarding $10,500 USD in cash prizes to transform those solutions into realities. You could improve health, save lives, time, or money, reduce energy consumption, or improve the world in some other way. The team have set some preliminary boundaries; the rest is up to you.


Phase One (May – August)

First, put your idea down on paper. Explain how your design will “Make the World a Better Place,” including the marketability of the end product. Then explain all the hardware and software that would be required, with a detailed bill of materials. If your “paper design” is selected as one of up to twenty finalists, the Better Place Challenge team will send you the hardware and software that’s available from the sponsors (you’re on the hook for the rest).

Phase Two (August – November)

Build your design and get it to function in the manner described in Stage One. Take a video of your design in action, and submit the video with any explanation that’s needed.