Monday, September 22, 2014

element14 announces winners of Inductive Sensing design challenge

CHICAGO, USA: element14 has selected the winning designs in its Inductive Sensing Design Challenge, featuring the world’s first inductance-to-digital converter from Texas Instruments.

Belgian designer Sammy Peiren was named the Grand Prize Winner for his USB microphone concept, and Dutch designer Elbert Kreukniet was named Community Choice Winner for his wireless metal detector. The two designs stood out for introducing new possibilities for inductive sensing, a contactless, magnet-free sensing technology.

“We are always amazed at the level of talent and creativity within our 250,000-member community of engineers,” said Dianne Kibbey, global head of community at element14. “With this particular challenge, Sammy and Elbert stood out for executing projects that not only shed new light on what can be accomplished with inductive sensing, but embodied our commitment to the Internet of Things and innovation as well.”

Peiren’s USB microphone uses the LDC1000 to detect sound waves of higher densities with greater sensitivity and dynamic range. Kreukniet’s wireless metal detector pairs an in-app smartphone display with the LDC1000 module for depth adjustment and targeted positioning, leveraging Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communication for more precise metal detection.

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