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Pullman – A sign-language teaching glove and a patient-assistance robot were some of the winners of the 2012 Digilent Design Contest. The US contest was held in conjunction with the IEEE EIT conference in Indianapolis on May 6 and 7 while the EU contest was held on May 12 and 13 at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

Since 2006, Digilent design contests showcase FPGA, microcontroller, and robotics based projects developed by student teams using Digilent products. This year, eighty teams with over one hundred students competed for the top project honors and cash prizes.

The teams showed off their projects in presentations that featured an engineering design discussion, project demonstration, and Q&A session. The panel of judges consisted of industry and academic representatives. They evaluated the projects on conceptual innovation and technical implementation.

All teams that presented their project were given the Digilent hardware they used, courtesy of Digilent and co-sponsors Microchip and Xilinx.

Digilent president Clint Cole said, “Having held the contest for 8 years, we see increasing sophistication and innovation each year. This year’s projects were an impressive variety of academic, industrial, and business applications. Students really showcase our products well and inspire other students who see their designs.”


EU Contest Winners

First prize went to the Sign Language Assistance and Navigation Glove, a Microchip® Cerebot MX4cK microcontroller-based accelerometer/gyroscope glove used to teach sign language. It was developed by Radu Florin Florea and Ionuţ Farcaş of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

Second prize went to the WebScope for Virtual Laboratory, a project based on the Digilent Spartan 3E Starter board that allows for remote virtual instrumentation measurement. It was developed by Nicolae Rosia and Bogdan Chifor of the Military Technical Academy in Bucharest, Romania.

Third prize went to the AssistMe Robot, a Microchip® chipKIT Max32 microcontroller based remote controlled robot which helps users avoid a life threatening situation by monitoring health of a patient. It was developed by Anca Osan, Alexandru Iulian Alexan, North University in Baia Mare, Romania.

US Contest Winners

First prize went to Graphics Processing Like a Boss (GP-LAB), an integrated GUI components library based on Microchip® chipKIT microcontroller boards and the Xilinx® Nexys 3. It was developed by Nicholas Burek, Jacob Regan, and Thomas Griebel of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Second prize went to the Path Finder, a Microchip® chipKIT Uno32 microcontroller-based robot capable of solving a maze with two open ends and no loops. It was developed by Dolina Maharjan and Shaun Hamilton of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Third prize went to the FPGA-Based 16-QAM Communication System Design, a Xilinx® Sparan 3E Starter FPGA-based 16-QAM communication system consisting of both a transmitter and receiver. It was developed by Christopher Brady, Anthony Gaught, and Alexander Norton of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

IEEE EIT conference attendees voted to award the Peoples’ Choice award to Writing Motion Capture, a Xilinx® Nexys 3 FPGA-based pen that collects acceleration and rotation information to translate handwriting into digital characters. It was developed by Dustin Brown of the University of Dayton in Ohio.

All project details, including documentation and presentations, will be available at http://www.digilentinc.com/showcase/contests/ContestList.cfm (as well as those of past design contests.)

About Digilent

Digilent is an industry leader in providing academic and research solutions in high-end electronics. Over 1,000 universities, training centers, and research laboratories in more than 70 countries use Digilent products and services. Digilent also provides design and manufacturing services for many leading technology companies including Xilinx, Cypress Semiconductor, and National Instruments.

Corporate headquarters are in Pullman, Washington with satellite offices in China, Romania, and Taiwan.

Please visit the Digilent website for product photos, pricing, and ordering information at http://www.digilentinc.com, or contact Alex Wong at awong@digilentinc.com or 509-334-6306.


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