Develop the Next Generation of Wearables with TI's Ultimate NFC Wearable Design Challenge

June 10, 2015
Texas Instruments invites developers to use itsRF430FRL15xH NFC sensor transponder to create wearable health and fitness applications by entering the ultimate NFC wearable design challenge.

Texas Instruments  invites developers to use its RF430FRL15xH NFC sensor transponder to create wearable health and fitness applications by entering the ultimate NFC wearable design challenge. Beginning June 9, 2015, developers can log on to the TI E2E  Launch Your Design Portal and submit product and design ideas that utilize TI's fully programmable NFC sensor transponder. Ten developers that share their design concepts by July 17, 2015 will be chosen by a panel of judges to receive the tools they need to begin developing their designs. Developers will then have two months to complete their designs and submit the final products to TI. These ten projects will be assessed by a panel of judges and one grand prize winner will receive a Sony SW3 SmartWatch 3 SWR50.

The RF430FRL15xH NFC tag combines an ultra-low-power, fully programmable MSP430  FRAM microcontrollercore with an ISO15693-compliant NFC interface for wireless communication. It is optimized for operation in fully passive (battery-less) or single-cell battery-powered (semi-active) modes to achieve extended battery life in portable and wireless sensing applications. With its integrated analog and digital sensor interfaces, the device is adaptable to many wearable applications and can be used either to collect data on demand or to consistently collect data at regular intervals.

TI's ultimate NFC wearable design challenge guidelines

All submitted designs must include the RF430FRL15xH NFC sensor transponder. In addition, designs may include other TI semiconductor products such as pulse oximetry, temperature, light or humidity sensors. Contest participants will have until July 17, 2015 to submit their original designs on the TI E2E Launch Your Design portal. Requirements to submit a design concept include:

A description of the proposed NFC wearable design concept and the problem(s) it addresses.
A description of how the product works and resolves the above problem statement.
A block diagram of the system with the key components highlighted and identified.
A description of why the approach is relatively unique.
Winners will be chosen by a panel of three judges including representatives from TI as well as well as Holly Lawrence, marketing and social media manager for Digilent Inc. Winning entries will be based on criteria such as product/solution uniqueness, contemporary ("coolness") factor and overall TI semiconductor usage. You can learn more by viewing the official rules.

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