Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2015-16)
Download the contest guidelines in pdf here
List of Participants entering Phase II of the Contest
Results of the Contest
About the Contest
With a view to promote students’ interest in microcontroller-based electronic product design and to provide a platform for students to exercise their creativity and innovation through teamwork, the EIE Department will organize “EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2015-16)” jointly with RS Components Ltd. EIE and other PolyU students who participate in this contest may win a HK$1,000 prize by creating microcontroller-based devices in different areas such as Internet of Things (IoT), sensor network, system control, etc. The device may be a music alarm clock, a bubble generator, a wearable blood pressure sensor, pedometer, intelligent web-cam, Bluetooth thermometer, music synthesizer, TV remote controller, so on and so forth. The limit is only your imagination!
This contest is jointly organized by EIE and a famous electronics components supplier, RS Components Ltd (RS). Successful participants shortlisted in Phase I (see below) will be supported by RS who will provide all electronic components used in the projects through their online web site. Moreover, RS may offer summer internship to selected winners.
2. Conditions and Schedule of the Contest
There are two phases in this contest:
Phase I (Now to December 2015, around 1.5 months):
Phase II (January to February 2016, around six weeks):
5:00 pm, 31 December 2015 (Thursday)
Phase I – deadline to submit proposal:
8 January 2016 (Friday)
Date to announce the shortlisted participants to Phase II:
Phase II –
Creation of an introduction article in DesignSpark:
12 February 2016 (Friday)
Phase II –
Submission of the final design/product:
5:00 p.m., 22 February 2016 (Monday)
Phase II –
Submission of the final report together with all design files (SCH/PCB/programing code), plus a short video (within 3 minutes) to demo the project and the operation in DesignSpark:
24 February 2016 (Wednesday)
Phase II –
Presentation of final designs/products, award presentation ceremony and exhibition of final designs/products:
4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 26 February 2016 (Friday), Room CD634, PolyU
(welcome all students to join, results will be announced after presentation)
a. All current EIE students.
b. Students may form group of one to three members, among them:
while others can be current PolyU students from different departments/divisions.
4. Judgment Criteria
a. Phase I
b. Phase II
The proposal will be judged by:
The product will be judged by:
The panel of judges of the two phases will consist of academic staff members of the EIE Department and may also include representative(s) from RS Components Ltd. The decision of the panel will be final.
HK$1,000 with certificate and summer internship opportunities at RS Components Ltd.
HK$500 with certificate
HK$300 with certificate
HK$100 with certificate
To sign up for the contest and submission of the proposal, please log in Learn@PolyU (https://learn.polyu.edu.hk/) and view the instructions stated in the course “EIE Microcontroller Application Design Contest (2015-16)”.
Notes for Participants
A. The proposals and the final products should be original.
B. Participants should agree to release their product in open source and their design/product may be put on the RS official website that many professionals may know about.
C. For enquiry, please contact Dr Lawrence Cheung by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Electronic and Information Engineering
RS Components Ltd.
Phase II of the Contest - Completed
Phase I was completed on 31 December 2015 with many proposals received. The EIE Department and RS Components Ltd. formed a judgement panel and finally shortlisted ten teams to go to Phase II. In Phase II, shortlisted participants will receive financial support and technical advice/support from the EIE Department and RS Components Ltd. They have around six weeks to accomplish their products based on their proposals. At the end, each team will present their final design/products and deliver a 20-minute presentation to describe and demonstrate the features of their final products. The titles and abstracts of the shortlisted proposals are listed below.
Title: Smart Fan
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart system to control a fan by using a microcontroller. The microcontroller detects the current temperature and humidity by using sensors to determine whether the fan should be turned on. Finally, an app in a mobile device remotely controls the fan through the microcontroller by using Bluetooth.
Title: Portable Air Quality Detector
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart device to measure air quality through sensors. The result will be displayed on a LCD monitor and through an app in a mobile device by using Bluetooth. Finally, the locations of the mobile devices will be stored in a server so that the server collects data from different mobile devices to generate an air pollution map.
Title: HorsePros (Horse Medical Care System)
Abstract: HorsePros is a horse medical care system designed to measure the horse’s heart and respiratory rate so as to identify the horse’s health condition. The measured data will be shown on a LCD display and also on a web page through a server.
Title: Lie Detector
Abstract: This project aims to create a smart electronic device called Lie Detector. It makes use of a microcontroller with different sensors to gather “emotion data” and identify whether a user is lying or not. This device should be portable so that it can be used everywhere.
Title: Drone Parachute System
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart system that automatically opens a parachute when free falling is detected. It is expected that the system will be installed in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). When the UAV is falling, the system will generate some warning signals (light and buzzer) and open the parachute. Concurrently, the system will generate signals so that a user can find his/her UAV through his/her mobile device by learning the GPS location of his/her UAV.
Title: Soft Emotion
Abstract: This product aims to be a helpful tool in drawing a user’s attention when his/her mobile device receives some messages. It looks like a small toy but it takes action(s) when it gets a message from an app in a user’s mobile device. The toy also responds to a user’s actions (e.g., shaking the toy).
Title: New Security Lock
Abstract: This project aims to develop a lock system that is unlocked by answering some questions instead of using a key or entering a password. A user can download questions to the lock. When the user wants to unlock it, the LCD on the lock system will display a question for the user to answer. If the answer is correct, it will unlock.
Title: Smart Switch
Abstract: This project aims to develop a smart switch that provides two main functions. The first function controls the power supply by using a timer or an app in a mobile device. The second function measures the electricity usage. The results will be displayed on the app. Finally, a user can lock the switch through the app.
Title: Arduino Indoor Environment Monitor
Abstract: This project aims to develop an indoor environment monitor. The monitor has an infra red sensor to detect whether there is any people in a room. If human being is detected, the monitor will start measuring the room’s temperature, humidity and air quality. The results will be displayed both on a LCD display and via an app in a mobile device.
Abstract: This project aims to develop a “weapon system” for a toy battleship. The weapon is a coli-gun which is a type of electromagnetic gun shooting bullets. A personal computer can remotely control the weapon system and the toy battleship through a microcontroller.
Progress of the above projects will be updated in this webpage from time to time.
Slides show of the Product/Design Presentation & Prize Presentation Ceremony
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