- on Microcontrollers
- Published in issue 9/2012 on page 14
DesignSpark ChipKITTM Challenge
And the winner is ...
Beginning in September 2011, design engineers from around the globe were challenged to turn their hot ideas into cool solutions using Microchip’s chipKIT Max32 development board. While these energy-conscience designers connected in the DesignSpark forums, their projects continued to evolve until the final innovative and eco-friendly project designs were ready for the judges.The judges reviewed all the entries and scored the projects based on technical merit, originality, design optimization, and quality of an extension card using DesignSpark’s PCB tools. The judge’s results are now final. Thanks to everyone who participated in this incredible competition and congratulations to all the winners! Let your international recognition and prestige begin.
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First Prize: Dean Boman, United States
Energy Monitoring System
The energy Monitoring System (eMS) provides real-time home electrical usage data to occupants so they can make informed consumption-related decisions. The innovative system features a chip-KIT Max32 development board along with two extension boards. A web server provides usage tracking on a circuit-by-circuit basis. It interfaces with a home automation system for long-term monitoring and data logging. The system utilizes custom software written in C using Microchip’s MPLAB development environment and is integrated with the Microchip TCPIP stack.