2016

Second Prize Winner | USD 10,000
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Gerhard de Clercq’s winning submission for the Toradex Design Challenge is a standalone 3D printer. 3D printing is a revolutionary technology which lets you create three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. It is changing the way we create, buy, or manufacture goods – this technology is indeed taking the world by storm. While 3D printing is exciting, it is also very expensive. This project’s aim was to create a 3D printer with good functionality and an exceptional next generation user interface using fairly standard components to curb down the final cost of the printer.

The standalone multi-touch 3D can load, manipulate, and process a raw 3D model without the help of an external device like a PC.

Entry date: 20-Nov-2014
Final Submission: 01-Jul-2016

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2015

Honorable Mention | USD 5,000
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Mateusz Dziedzic designed a vision system for industrial robots to calculate object’s real position based on the readings gathered from its on-board camera. It can also identify the object’s color and size based on the readings. This information can be valuably used for industrial applications in which the position of the object cannot be determined or the object cannot be identified by the robot because the provision wasn’t made at the time of robot’s creation. Using vision system for industrial robots can substantially reduce the costs involved in executing an industrial automation. While the average industrial computer vision system is very expensive, Mateusz opted for the Colibri T20 Computer on Module to make his project affordable for the masses.

Entry date: 06-Aug-2014
Final Submission: 01-Jul-2015

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First Prize Winner | USD 20,000
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Globo-Daq is a hot air balloon data acquisition system (DAQ) created by Josafat Piraquive in collaboration with Toradex AG. Globo-daq collects valuable data on positioning and environmental conditions while also clicking live pictures during its hot air balloon flight. The project uses a Toradex Colibri T20 ARM-based module as its main computer unit. Josafat has used a multi-GNSS module, composed of two GNSS systems, to achieve high precision positioning during the project while adopting a Model Driven Design (MDD). Josafat thanks Toradex for offering him the ride of a lifetime and wishes all the future competitors, the best luck in acing the global challenge.

Entry date: 28-Oct-2013
Final Submission: 01-Jan-2015

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Second Prize Winner | USD 10,000
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Wearable Interface for Teleoperation of Robot Arms (WITRA) by Vinicius Bazan Pinto Fernandes allows the user to teleoperate a manipulator robot in an intuitive manner. By capturing the movement of the arm of the user and calculating the position of the hand, the system uses the data to generate the trajectory of a robot arm, so that the user has control over the movement of the end-effector of the robot in cartesian space. By performing this remotely, it is not necessary for the user to share the same environment of the robot. Teleoperation tasks include bomb defusing, operation in hazardous environments, such as radioactive rooms, deep-ocean-equipment maintenance, and heavy lifting, among many others. Vinicius opted for the small-yet-powerful Toradex module to lend the project its mobility and make it wireless to be truly effective.

Entry date: 03-Jun-2014
Final Submission: 01-Jan-2015

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2014

First Prize Winner | USD 20,000
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Tdxcopter is a quadcopter built by Beni Winter and Patrick Knüppel from Switzerland. Tdxcopter stands out as it does not use off-the shelf controller and rather has a custom built controller. The frame of the quadcopter is completely made out of carbon and aluminium parts and all the sensors have been implemented using classes. Tdxcopter GUI is used to plot and save sensor data for analysis and gives status about what the program is currently doing. The most important task is the option to start and stop the control loop as well as the ability to activate different functionalities like gps position hold or height control. Beni and Patrick plan to further expand and include new features to the quadcopter. They thank Toradex for hosting this awesome competition, which allowed them to build a quadcopter on their own and be a part of the new aerial revolution.

Entry date: 26-Sep-2013
Final Submission: 01-Jul-2014

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First Prize Winner | USD 20,000
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Seastick is an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), capable of being controlled manually, or via a set of pre-defined instructions. The project is the brainchild of Messrs Flavio Ansovini and Roberto Linfante, of Italy. According to them, Seastick meets the most demanding application of underwater vehicles, adding innovative and strategic functionalities. They see their project having multiple applications in a variety of fields, ranging from Search and Rescue, Scientific Ocean surveys, Autonomous Patrolling, & Countermine research, to mention a few.

Flavio and Roberto make a fantastic team, Flavio says, “As soon as we met, on June 2011, we knew we were going to have fun working together. We have very different background, but the same passion for the electronics, mechanics and software. Roberto is very skilled on power electric circuits, analog and digital electronics, whereas my range goes from the digital electronics, programmable devices, FPGA, DSP etc. It was lots of fun working on Seastick and the joy we felt on seeing it work cannot be compared with anything else.”

 

Entry date: 10-Apr-2013
Final Submission: 01-Jan-2014

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Second Prize Winner | USD 10,000
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SteFly is a cost effective Glide Computer designed by Stefan Langer of Germany. A gliding enthusiast, Stefan’s design is a navigation computer for gliders, with a 7” sunlight readable display, a remote stick, a serial data link, and a bio-feedback system. Basically, a glide computer is a computer with a GPS Satellite Receiver and specialized gliding software along with maps and/or tasks. SteFly would work wonders in providing information to help you make better-informed decisions, fly cross-country tasks, and record flights for analysis.

Stefan says, “My favorite hobby is gliding, that´s why I spend my leisure time at the airfield, training camps or competitions. Last year I placed 5th at the German Junior Gliding Championship. Due to this, I have lots of practical work experience with electronics and other manual work and hence, was the crucial factor in me selecting a gliding computer for the Embedded Design Challenge.”

Entry date: 13-May-2013
Final Submission: 01-Jan-2014

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