element14, Plotly and Texas Instruments hosting competition for Internet of the Backyard

element14, Plotly and Texas Instruments' competition is designed to take summer activities to the next level: the Internet of the Backyard. Designers will use the all-new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3200 LaunchPad from Texas Instruments and the online collaborative platform Plotly. The CC3200 LaunchPad by Texas Instruments is made to be a programmable MCU with built-in WiFi connectivity.

A few examples of how a high-performance IoT device could enhance summer get-togethers include:

  • Barbeque monitors: An IoT-enabled barbeque that can send text messages to let you know your food is ready
  • Pool safety alert: A system to notify adults when children are playing too close to the pool or have fallen in
  • Garden watering system: Detect the hydration level of backyard planters and adjust watering levels as necessary
  • Cooler alert: Let the CC3200 LaunchPad tell you when it's time to refill the cooler with ice or beverages

Potential participants can go to element14.com/backyard to sign up for free and detail their proposed idea. Ten official participants will be selected and receive a CC3200 LaunchPad, as well as a stipend to purchase additional parts. They’ll be asked to post blog updates every two weeks to show their progress, and the winner will be announced October 13, 2014, with the prize being a trip to an upcoming Maker Faire to show off their build.

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