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element14 announces inductive sensing challenge

Posted: 09 Apr 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:element14  inductive sensing  Texas Instruments  sensor 

element14 has officially opened the Inductive Sensing Challenge, a global design contest that aims to inspire participating engineers to design and develop innovative products based on Texas Instruments' LDC1000 inductance-to-digital converter. The LDC1000 allows inductive sensing by using coils and springs as inductive sensors to offer improved performance, reliability and greater flexibility than existing sensing solutions, and at a lower system cost and power, according to TI.

This contactless, magnet-free sensing technology can measure the position, motion or composition of a metal or conductive target, as well as detect the compression, extension or twist of a spring. The possibilities for using inductive sensing technology are endless.

Common applications of inductive sensors include automobiles, traffic lights, metal detectors, medical devices, computers, a staggering array of consumer electronics and a variety of automated industrial processes. One proposal seeks to use inductive sensing to analyse traffic patterns, while another will use the technology to ensure metals used in building construction are safe, a potentially life-saving application.

The challenge begins with a qualifying period which ends on April 14, during which potential participants submit their design ideas. On Wednesday April 9th at 3pm GMT, element14 and Texas Instruments will lead a webinar on inductive sensing as a technology, as well as an introduction to the LDC1000 and a number of application examples for the device.

Once the qualifying phase ends, selected competitors will be sent products and begin building their designs. They will also develop blog posts addressing their ideas, what inspires them and what their key challenges might be. The competition will conclude on Friday, August 22, 2014.

The winner will be chosen by a vote on the award-winning element14 Community, which offers design engineers a space to share project concepts with its members. The grand prize winner and "People's Choice" winner will each receive a 128G iPad Air.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times Europe

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