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element14 community launches science fiction-focused design challenge


element14 has launched an ambitious new design contest, ‘Sci Fi Your Pi, challenging engineers and enthusiasts to use the Raspberry Pi 2 to design applications inspired by science fiction.

Sponsored by Pi Trading, creator of the Raspberry Pi, the global initiative design concepts can be submitted for the challenge through April 12, 2015, when 20 finalists will be selected to receive a Raspberry Pi 2 with a complete suite of accessories to execute their projects. They will also be given a free license for CadSoft EAGLE, the market-leading printed circuit board design software.

The judges are looking for extraordinary and innovative applications that take their inspiration from the world of science fiction, including movies, novels or comic books. Examples include an intelligent motion tracker to hunt down aliens or ghosts, an auto-lockdown gated system to secure dinosaurs, or an automated quadcopter to scan desolate areas.

The ultimate winner of the ‘Sci Fi Your Pi’ challenge, to be announced in September 2015, will win sci fi memorabilia worth $500, including an actual Boba Fett bounty hunter helmet used in film production. The winner will be chosen by a panel of expert judges including James Adams, director of hardware engineering at Pi Trading. A Community Choice winner will also be selected through a vote on the element14 Community and will receive an introductory robotics set.

“By using innovative technologies that are available through element14 in conjunction with the revolutionary Raspberry Pi 2, our Community will be able to create working prototypes you may have previously seen only in sci fi movies, films and comic books,” says Dianne Kibbey, global head of community, element14. “We’ve been inviting engineers to build the applications of the future for some time. Whether it was our smart home, wireless power or energy harvesting challenges, the participants in our design competitions have impressed with their creativity and resourcefulness, and we’re excited for that to continue with Sci Fi Your Pi.”

For more information on the ‘Sci Fi Your Pi’ design challenge and to register to take part, visit element14.com/sci-fi-your-pi.