Every year, interns spending their summers at Texas Instruments are challenged to test their creativity, technical prowess & might in a competitive design challenge based on TI technology. This year, we are challenging our interns to create a solution based on a TI MCU LaunchPad or the new BeagleBone Black.
Choose your own adventure (i.e. development platform):
Tiva C TM4C123 LaunchPad
C2000 TMS320F2027 LaunchPad
Sitara AM335x-based BeagleBone Black
Design & build a plug-in module for your chosen platform
Create a BoosterPack for the LaunchPad or a Cape for the BeagleBone Black!
Your design should be original, mind-blowing, useful and/or just-plain-awesome!
The winning team in each category will win $750!
Chance to have your design productized!
Get a picture with Mr. Rich Templeton, the TI CEO and all-around great guy!
Get a wafer autographed by Rich!
Featured on TI Blogs and mentioned on TI social media channels!
LaunchPad BoosterPack People's Choice
LaunchPad BoosterPack Best Technical Design
BeagleBone Cape People's Choice
BeagleBone Cape Best Technical Design
OK, how do I get started?!
To participate in this year's challenge, you have to register your team!
You can do so by filling out this registration form (word document), then sending it to Katie Smith (email@example.com)
Once we receive your completed registration form and everything checks out, we will add your team to the list of officially-registered teams at the bottom of this wiki. At that time, we will put in a request for your desired hardware platform and have it shipped out to you ASAP.
A complete submission should include:
Name & Description of your design
Video demonstrating & explaining your design (Youtube)
All design files (schematics, gerbers, BOM, etc) & code must be provided (GitHub or other code repositories are highly-recommended)
For a LaunchPad-based project, we also recommend creating an Energia library
A complete BoosterPack for the LaunchPad or Cape for the BeagleBone must be fabricated & working
A team picture for use during the demo session
Consolidating everything into a write-up/landing page is also required. We recommend using the following:
Participants must be an active intern at TI in the US during Summer of 2013
Contest begins June 11th; no materials will be distributed prior to the kickoff
Your team's design must be based on an MCU LaunchPad or BeagleBone Black
Teams must be 4 members or less
In order to sign up for the contest and receive your free MCU LaunchPad or BeagleBone Black, please return your completed team registration to Katie Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than July 1st. You don't need to have a team name or design idea to sign up, just what platform you'd like to use. Once successfully registered, your team will be listed in the matrix below. Upon registering, your team is also eligible to receive a $50 stipend to help offset the cost of producing a final model.
Design Challenge Kickoff
June 11, 2013
Dallas Info session
June 11, 3 - 4 PM CDT
South Campus, CONF 3 & 4
Houston Info session
June 13, 3 - 4 PM CDT
Bldg 2, Conference Room 2
Santa Clara Info session
June 19, 3 - 4 PM CDT
Building C, First Floor, Conference Room Seacliff
Deadline to register teams
Design submissions due
July 25, 11:59PM CDT
Awards Ceremony & Demos with Rich Templeton
August 2, 11AM - 1PM CDT
South Campus, FL Auditorium / S1 & S2
Need real-time help? There's several office hours with technical experts to help you out.
BeagleBone Black Office Hours
WHEN: Every Wednesday from 3-4PM CDT (Dallas time) from June 26 - July 24
Once you've successfully registered by submitting your completed registration form, your team will appear in the matrix below. Please do NOT add yourself; doing so does not constitute registering, and the line will be deleted. Once the contest is complete and projects are finished, please update project information in the table.
Team Name & Members
Description & Title of your project
Image or youtube video
Links to design files, project write up, documentation, etc
Attending demo session?
RFABulous Puppy Food Bowl - David Whitfield, Nathan Hogg, Tahsin Alim
Do you live in a household with multiple dogs? Are you tired of having one skinny dog and one obese dog? Are you tired of having your dog eat the cat food? RFABulous Puppy Food Bowl prevents multiple dogs/cats from sharing food and keeps the dog food fresh.
We Be (un)Jammin' - Joey Yuen, Shelby Turner, Samuel Chabot
Attention all Product and Test Engineers! This is a boosterpack for YOU! Have you ever put a stack of units into a castle handler to be tested, walked away, and come back a few hours later only to find out that your units didn’t test because of some silly handler jam? Well not anymore! The Jam Alert boosterpack is a way of remotely viewing real-time information on jams that may be occurring. No more lost test time!
LP Team 9 - Christopher Chiarella, Brian Frantz, Mark Garrett, Benjamin Moore
The TI FlexPack enables developers on the Tiva-C, C2000, and MSP430 launchpads to interpret EMG potentials from muscles and create a diverse catalog of applications. The FlexPack provides a dual-channel EMG input that can be easily calibrated for different muscle groups using potentiometers on the board. Applications include game control, robotics, muscle-controlled prosthetics, and physical therapy.
Visible Light Communication (VLC) is an emerging area to mitigate the crowded RF bandwidth. The VLC features with high bandwidth, line-of-sight security. Also, VLC could be integrated in a normal lighting infrastructure, which offers an additional method for wireless communication. VLC is particular useful in an environment which RF signal is not available, for example, the airplane during take-off and landing or underwater condition.
There are times when GPS is not enough or available. The aim of our project is to get direction using an alternative source: Light. It could be sunlight, flash light and etc. To achieve this, we arm two sides of our vehicle with two photo resistors. The sensed signal tells the direction of light. Then the vehicle driven with PWM from MSP430 make turns accordingly based on the sensed signal comparison. One cool part of the project is that our code runs real time on Android devices runnning Basic, communicating with MSP430 through Bluetooth.
Capeless Crusaders - Victoria Ehlinger, Armaun Mirshamsi, Lindsay Langford, Jeremy Seidel
Our concept was to create a new handheld gaming console powered by the BeagleBone Black. The design features classic controls (ABXY, d-pad) and an ergonomically designed case to house the BeagleBoy cape. Unfortunately, we were not able to complete the design before the deadline. So we lived up to our "Capeless" namesake.
Dallas, TX - Various
BBB Team 13 - Max Thrun
Older brother of the LaunchPad GamingPack, the BeagleBone GamingCape transforms your BeagleBone into a full fledged hand-held gaming console capable of playing all the classics such as NES, Gameboy, Sega GameGear, and even Doom. Just drop in 4 AAA batteries and you'll be playing your favourite games in no time.