Digi-Key, the primary sponsor of the contest, supplied $10,000 worth of Silicon Labs components to each winner. The winners will select the Silicon Labs components they need (microcontrollers, wireless chips, sensors, boards and more) to bring their prize-winning IoT ideas to market as commercially viable products.
“The IoT is the engine driving the growth and future of electronic component usage,” said David Sandys, director of technical marketing for Digi-Key.
Contestants entered their IoT design at www.YourIotContest.com where all entries were initially voted on by site viewers. The top 15 entries were then judged using the following criteria: innovative application of technology, marketability of the product and the unique nature of the product, with bonus points awarded for a prototype.
“Developing connected ‘things’ for the IoT requires a combination of technical prowess, innovative design, and energy-friendly components and application development resources,” said Peter Vancorenland, vice president of IoT engineering at Silicon Labs.
The three “Your IoT” design contest winners include Christian Klemetsson, Hoang Nhu and Ekawahyu Susilo.
Christian Klemetsson designed his “DeviceRadio” industrial automation solution to connect the real world to applications through virtual wires specifically within the industrial automation market. The goal of this product design is to deliver a custom IoT device on a solderless breadboard and controlled through the Internet in three minutes or less.
Hoang Nhu developed a platform for extending the IoT through all parts of the home, from medication reminders to smart power plugs. The Apple HomeKit SmartHome and Wellness IoT Development Platform monitors home environments/energy consumption and daily activities to optimize home appliance settings as well as make recommendations and reminders for optimal wellness.
Ekawahyu Susilo rounded out the winners with “Snappy,” a modular robotics platform designed to help teachers engage students through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Snappy can be used for a variety of science project applications such as determining altitude with water bottle rockets, measuring collision impact in physics experiments, and building a simple local/Internet-connected weather station with humidity and temperature sensors.