Recently ARM announced the health app Apnea Observer as the winner of ARM Smart Product Design Competition. It basically tackles sleep apnea which is a common disorder in which person may have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping.
According to the press release, the goal of the contest was to create a device fulfilling any function in areas such as home automation, measurement, IoT or system control based on ARM Cortex processors. Contest participants were provided with professional software development tools, a debug unit, hardware containing an ARM Cortex-M4 processor-based microcontroller and peripheral components, as mentioned in the release. Adding further the event attracted more than 700 entries, with 350 moving to the development phase where the competitors were free to choose platforms provided by Freescale, Infineon, NXP or ST Microelectronics designing their devices.
Clemente di Caprio from Rome, who was judged the winner was awarded with US$5,000 by ARM to help develop his prototype. As mentioned in the release, “The application runs on the NXP LPC4330, a dual-core microcontroller that combines the ARM Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0 processors. The Cortex-M4 performs the audio analysis, making use of its integrated digital signal processing functionality, while the Cortex-M0 handles the data acquisition and storage. The device also engages the ARM Keil MDK-Professional file system component and CMSIS-Drivers to interface with the memory card and serial and audio capabilities.”