Here Are the Winners of Sixth Sense Design Challenge


The element14 Community members leverage the STMicroelectronics Sensor Tile and TE Connectivity Component Pack to create autonomous vehicles.

GraffitiBot (Picture credit:, the community for engineers, has announced the winners of its Sixth Sense Design Challenge.

The Sixth Sense Design Challenge is one of five challenges the element14 Community runs each year. This time, element14 encouraged its members to create a small, remotely-operated or autonomous vehicle, leveraging the powerful processing capabilities of STMicroelectronics and TE Connectivity products to improve remote vehicle sensing and data collection.

Douglas Wong from Canada won the grand prize, while Rod B from the UK was declared the runner up winner.

Douglas created GraffitiBot, a fully autonomous ground vehicle capable of printing graphics on the surface it traverses and producing a liquid canvas drawing.  The project incorporated mechanical, electronics, software and hydraulic design.

R2B4 Bot (Picture credit:

Meanwhile, Rod created a robot to help those working in construction by hauling heavy materials such as sand or gravel. To achieve this, Rod made his own PCB to host the TE Magnet sensor so that it would be a board-mountable, showing an inventive way of using the required technology. This was first time Rod participated in the element14 design challenge.

Challengers make winning designs open source

The challengers made all of their build steps and code open source through detailed blog posts, so that other element14 Community members can learn from these designs and replicate projects on their own.

“As the Development Distributor, we are committed to being a champion for makers and are proud to help drive innovation for our 600,000-plus member community,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media for the element14 Community.

“As always, we were very impressed by the creativity and innovative spirit our community demonstrated with this challenge and are looking forward to offering more opportunities for our members to push the boundaries of electronic design,” she added.

The element14 Community is part of element14, the development distributor, which helps design engineers, maintenance and test engineers, makers, parents and teachers develop the future generation of coders and products that apply technology to change the world for the better.