Digilent Design Contest Europe 2016 Winners Announced!

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The winners of the 2016 Digilent Design Contest Europe have been announced!
This year we had the privilege of seeing a plethora of amazing projects using Digilent products. The first, second, and third blog installments detail the competitive entries, but alas, there must be a winner. Without further ado, we present…the finalists!
Finalists:
  • The Pathfinder Zybot
  • Wearable Wellness System
  • Embedded ECG Data Acquisition System
  • Custom high speed DAQ system with FPGA
  • Monitoring and Assistive Technologies for Individuals With Mobility Impairments
  • Zynq Image Enhancement System

We would like to give a special shout-out to each of these projects, as they all displayed a level of complexity and innovation that we are proud to embody and encourage at Digilent. With so many excellent entries, our judges had to make some tough decisions to crown the final winners. We are proud to present: third place in the Digilent Design Contest Europe 2016 goes to: József Zákány & András Erdós and The Pathfinder Zybot!

The Pathfinder Zybot

The Pathfinder Zybot is designed to bring an object from any one location to another. This task requires solving problems such as odometry, localization, mapping, continuous communication with the user(s), and to detect and handle unplanned barriers.

The project uses the ZYBO board, PmodCMPS and PmodBT2. András and József are master students at the University of Debrecen in Hungary.

Second place in the Digilent Design Contest Europe 2016 goes to Aron Feher and The
Embedded ECG Data Acquisition System!  A portable, affordable ECG data acquisition device for the family medicine, which could be supervised by specialized personnel if the case arises. It uses the ZYBO and PmodBT2.

Embedded ECG Data Acquisition System Block Diagram

Embedded ECG Data Acquisition System Block Diagram

Aron comes from Sapientia University in Tg-Mures, a beautiful city in the heart of Transylvania. A master student at Intelligent Control Systems, he is also a former participant and winner of the second place in 2014 edition of the contest with the project GFX – Processor.

And finally, the first place winner of the Digilent Design Contest 2016 is Vlad Mihnea Pop and Monitoring and Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Mobility Impairments! This project allows people with motor disabilities (partial or full loss of control of body parts as a result of disease, trauma or defect) to acquire control of external devices and systems, such as lights, mechanical apparatus (electrical-mechanically controlled beds, such as those used in hospitals), smartphones, computers and many others. The projects also cover the monitoring and alarm signaling of various parameters of user’s health (pulse, blood pressure and oxygen saturation, body temperature), and environment (ambient temperature, spot IR temperature, various hazardous gaseous concentrations in air, dust pollution concentration and gamma radiation dose count). It uses the ZYBO board, Pmod BT2, PmodOLED and PmodDA4.

Monitoring and Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Mobility Impairments

Monitoring and Assistive Technologies for Individuals with Mobility Impairments

Vlad comes from the Petru Maior University in Tg-Mures; he is a senior engineering student and also a former participant and winner of First Honorable Mention in the 2015 edition of this contest, with the project: Autonomous Search and Rescue Squad.

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The Winners

Congratulations to Vlad Mihnea Pop and all the incredible entries this year. Thank you to everyone for participating and we hope to see you again in 2017!

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