This coming weekend, participants in the Digilent Design Contest Europe will travel to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from Hungary, Serbia, France, Italy, Poland, and Greece. They will defend their projects in front of a honorary judge from Xilinx Ireland, Microchip Romania, professors from Montpellier-France, and Cluj-Napoca. I am excited to see the final submission projects on http://www.digilentdesigncontest.com/2015-eu-contest-entries.html.
Among the 21 projects submitted, there are some interesting Xilinx FPGA and chipKIT-based projects with a broad range of everyday applications.
- Search and rescue vehicles – two mobile rescue platforms controlled by a Nexys 4 DDR
- A monitoring platform based on a Nexys 3 FPGA that can control multiple houses from a single web interface
- A robot controller able to monitor the environment parameters and take the best decision on finding the shortest path on its surrounding area based on chipKIT WF32 platform
- Gesture detection – a human-to-machine interface based on the ZYBO
- A monitoring system for the power consumption in a house controlled remotely by a chipKIT WF32
Some of the other projects include nice gadgets like a portable gaming console on a ZYBO, a globe of the persistence of vision that shows 24 images/second, and a project that creates an illusion of a 3D object, just to name few.
Stay connected for more updates after the contest!