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    • 4.3” TFT LCD transmissive display
      • 480(RGB) x 272 resolution
      • With LED backlight
      • With capacitive touch
    • Cape interface board with connector expandability
    • Board ID EEPROM with kit identity storage
    This 4.3” Touchscreen Display Cape connects directly to your BeagleBone (White, Black, or Wireless) to provide full color touchscreen display solution. The display features a vivid 4.3” LED backlit 480 x 272 TFT LCD with capacitive overlay for smartphone-like input. The Cape utilizes a board ID EEPROM for plug-and-play functionality with the default Debian operating system – no drivers required. Perfect for interactive projects, embedded systems, and standalone installations.
    • BB-View Cape Board
    • 4.3" LCD Display
    • Flexible FPC Cable
    • Quick Start Guide
    Type Document
    Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide - BeagleBone Black 4.3" Display Cape (.pdf)  
    Application Note README (.html)
    Type Download
    Sample code Firmware Image (.zip)

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    Wacky Automation Devices

    Monthly project competitions, chances to earn prizes, you decide project themes, your ideas, your projects, turn ideas into projects.

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    The Electronics & Design Contest You Voted for: Wacky Automation Devices


    Your Monthly Theme: Wacky Automation Device (aka Rube Goldberg Machine)
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    This month's theme is Wacky Automation Devices and comes from dougw. The idea is to come up with an automation device similar to a Rube Goldberg machine. A Rube Goldberg machine is a complex contraption in which a series of devices perform simple tasks and are linked together to produce a domino effect whereby activation of one device triggers the next device in the sequence.  The inventor was a famous an American cartoonist.


    You've probably witnessed the influence of Rube Goldberg in cartoons, movies or TV shows you've watched.  Depictions of overly engineered contraptions leading to intense chain reactions resulting in simple results can be seen in movies such as the Goonies, Beauty and the Beast, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and Ernest Goes to Jail.


    Rube Goldberg, born on the 4th of July in 1883, certainly had the whole right brain / left thing working for him. Not only was he a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist known for his wacky cartoons but he also received an engineering degree from Berkley. He has the distinction of being the only person listed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as an adjective and its been estimated that he did 50,000 cartoons over the course of his lifetime.


    His legacy lives on, not only through TV and movies, but through Rube Goldberg Inc, a not for profit 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting STEM & STEAM education for students of all ages.  The engineering fraternity at Purdue University has hosted a National Rube Goldberg Machine Contest every year since 1987 . In 2009, the same chapter established a similar contest at Berkeley University, where Goldberg got his degree.


    Your Project, Your Ideas!



    About Project14

    Every month you'll have a new poll where you'll get to decide an upcoming project competition, based on your interests, that will take place a couple of months in advance. Themes are broad in scope so that everyone can participate regardless of skill set.


    What are Monthly Themes?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) a new theme will be posted on Project14.
    • Submit your ideas (proposals) for your projects to get feedback from the rest of the community.
    • Submit a project entry in the Theme space once you start working on it.


    What are Monthly Theme Polls?

    • Every month (around the 14th of each month) there is a project theme poll.
    • Vote on which project competition you want to see for the following upcoming theme.
      • The themes voted on during the previous poll decided the upcoming theme.
      • If you submit an idea for a theme that is not used then it can still be used in a future poll.
    • Themes comments and ideas from the comments section of the project theme poll.

    Step 1:Log inorregisteron element14, it's easy and free.

    Step 2:Post in the comments section below to begin a discussion on your idea.Videos, pictures and text are all welcomed forms of submission.

    Step 3:Submit a blog post of your progress on your project by the end of the month.  You are free to submit as many blog entries as you like until the beginning of the next theme.


    Be sure to include video proof of your project!


    Visit:Wacky Automation Devices


    Submit an Entry Form Here:


    Submit Project


    You have until November 14th, 12:00 AM CDT to submit your completed project!


    A jury consisting of your peers will judge project submissions!



    How You Win:



    Come Up With a Clever Name:
    Stick to the Theme:
    • A clever name can make your project memorable.
    • The right name can distinguish your project from others and help create buzz around your project.
    • This project is your baby! Part of the fun of bringing something new into the world is coming up with a name.
    • If you have an idea for a project that doesn't fit the current theme then submit your idea in the comments section of the monthly poll.
    Be Original:
    Submit Video Proof:
    • Providing the steps you took to complete your project (text, video, or images) and providing video proof should be sufficient in most cases.
    • If your project introduces something new or something that is not commercially available or affordable then that counts!
    • If it doesn't work that's fine, this program is more about the journey than the end product.
    • A short video is all that is required but you can shoot as much video as you like.
    • You are encouraged to be creative and have as much fun as possible!


    Three First Place Winners Earn a Shopping Cart of $100 (from element14 sites)!


    Your Project Examples:


    Monthly Theme: DIY Test Equipment

    The Drinkmotizer - a Raspberry Pi Drink Mixing Robot

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    Project Example:  The Breakfast Machine
    World's Largest Rube Goldberg Machine



    Discuss Your Ideas In the Comments Below!


    You have until November 14th, 12:00 AM CDT to submit your completed project!

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    SAMA5D2 XPLAINED ULTRA REV.B  (please click here for the audio version of this document)


    So I thought That I would try something a bit different I decide that I would take a different view on this review. I knew this was not a board that I have ever had experience with but after reading the comments on the Road Test page. I decided that I would have my hand at it and attempt to partake in the Road Test to see how it really was and if the views are shared though out my process of leaning this new board compared to those that have also played with previous Road Test’s with the Atmel SAMA series of boards.


    I had a lot of fun with this board and of course would love to thank and everyone that decided that I would be a good fit for testing this board. The great thing about being apart of this community is the honesty and the ability to give the manufactures and other users our thought and reviews on these boards. If you found out that board was to be what you needed but then read a road test review stating that the functions of the board do not work as suggest or stated throughout the documentation would you be grateful? That’s why this community is great everyone is here to help and to share.


    I decided to do a unboxing and video on this and some blog posts here is the video of my Day 1 & 2 with the board.



    So I will say I do have more videos that I need to upload for this but have been so busy with this board going through and editing things to make it no so boring and drawn out.


    I will also like to state I will be doing future projects on this board in the future all and all I think its a wonderful board but a bit above my head when it comes to the usability.


    It is not a plug and play board like a Arduino or Raspberry Pi. But so much the opposite in my opinion it has been hours and hours of learning and playing.


    But to sum it all up I spent 20+ hours just on connectivity issues to find out that there must have been a issue with image on the board as soon as I flashed it with the demo image (with SD Card Method) it started to co-operate with me and start to function as it should so that was not the greatest thing in the world. Finding out that if I had flashed the board when I got it and then began I would probably be a lot further in my actual testing of the board besides just starting out to learn more on it.


    Now this being said features and function on this board is abundant there is so much this board is capable but getting it to the point of not just using a demo image or a image that has put up on the internet for sale to work with it seems a bit unfair. Thus making this a dream for those who want to make their own custom board and functions. To me to get my feet wet more I thought this was a bit annoying tho, but not the end of the world.


    So after doing my initial tests with the board running a few things through the board I still found I was only able to ssh into the board after I ran serial into it. Any other time I was unable to so not to sure if this is something I am doing or if its just something the board does.


    One big issue that I found with the whole ordeal was the lack of actual examples and actual code for the demos and projects provided which most were 3rd party. So to me a lot of these boards that come out like this seem like the usability is quite a steep curve to get around unless its a board you have played with previous models and you have done your own homework on it vs tried leaning from anything online basically your own trail and error.


    Yes there is documentation online regarding this board specs and some examples but nothing that actually points you in the right direction to make the most out of this board as in the past previous models have had similar issues as I have experienced on this one. Maybe this is where Atmel should be taking note and upping their online training solutions for people that are interested in their product.



    Had I not been given the opportunity to test this board I would have probably bought it as well at some point or a revision of it down the road. As I do feel it does have the ability to do a lot and be a stable board.


    Now this being said I will be attempting to make some of my own projects for it but will take sometime and probably longer then I have to complete the Road Test. But now spending probably close to 30 hours with this board in total over the past week I have a better understanding of the board which I will be putting together quick start guides that don’t suck. (just being honest) because what I have learned through this all is now that I am 30 hours in I have lost a bit of excitement for the board. But that is fine now its onto the software learning part and creating my own images for its functionality for the projects that I would love to see it being used in.


    So if you have the time and want to get to know this board I would greatly suggest it as it is a great board and full of great features.


    If you don’t have time to get frustrated and have not used this line of board before maybe pick something else as really a lot of other boards out there with similar capabilities in the price range.


    I would however recommend this board to anyone. Yes I do understand that I am contradicting myself through out this as it was a very frustrating process but once you get over the initial hump. Which I am sure other got over a lot quicker then I did.


    I managed to get this working on a windows 10 and windows vista computer I also used a Linux computer to try to do more with it but have to learn more there as I still am not a master of Linux when it comes down to it but enjoy it.


    So back to the board at question. Now I did get connections with the board with serial (usb provided) and over IP with SSH. Now I did not go back to revisit my attempt in Linux to see if it was working now that I had gotten the image replaced and tested working on the windows machine. This is something I would like to revisit in the near future as it seems the more you do in Linux the more use you will actually get out of it.


    I will say the software for SAM-BA was completely useless and only v2.17 would actually work correctly for me this being said I attempted to use Keil uVision5 which seems like a great program that I will like and see it has connectivity for other boards I have so would like to try to use that but even with the library and examples being there for the SAMA5D2 xplained Rev.B there was no connectivity when it actually came to being able to use the program with the board which I hope changes and have voiced my concern with Keil uVision5 via email trying to find a solution.

    So after downloading all software and images possible through out this I have found that the best solution was to just run the demo image and play with that but without the LCD its almost pointless to use so at this point I would suggest for Atmel to include this in future Road Test or a bundled option. Or incorporate a HDMI output on board as well even if its a mini HDMI port.


    Many times I found my self confused at this board and wish I was able to get more in depth on it as I would have loved to have been able to get something together as far as a project on this besides running the demo I will not be showing that here but in my video posts I will. As I feel I need to go more in depth on each and usability I have grown to like this board as I thought I would even tho its not the most user friendly board I have ever used.


    Finally I would like to to say that the board is great and with the right materials available to database for people to follow and learn I think it would up the value of this boards integration into any makers or hobbyist projects as I feel I will be attempting many projects with this board in the future. But as stated it will take me sometime to get the full grasp on this board.


    So why would I want to put all that time into this board? Well I hope if all goes well in the future the same features and programs available for this will be integrated in future ones but with a more simple layout that functions and works on a more plug and play concept. But I would bet that if they keep with this route I would buy more upgraded and new boards that come to market after being able to use this board to its fullest capacity.


    Thank you everyone for the time sorry if I sounded like a broke record through out this review and hope I touched all the points I wanted to so I could give you a better run down of the actual usability of the board. This is not a board that your just going to make full use out of it unless you are familiar with their product line or have experience with their boards and programs as I have a feeling there might be a similar end result with most of the boards.


    When it comes to the software there is tons out there to get things going but to sum it up it was the connectivity issues in the beginning that really casted a shadow on this board and it potential to me. But after getting over that I now have a board I feel will be a great addition to the collection and will get much use in the near future for custom projects.


    I have posted a link to the YouTube channel play list I have for it that I will be adding more videos to it in the future some in the next few days as in hopes to help other as well as to document the trials I have encountered through the process.


    Thank you everyone for the opportunity it has be a fun and exciting challenge to get this board to where I could actually get a grasp on it and look forward to many, many more hours with it.


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    TI not only makes a lot of great hardware for designers, but also has a lot of great software tools.

    One tool that I have used for many years is a power supply design program called Switcher Pro.

    It makes power supply design as easy as inputting a few parameters and picking one of TI's many power devices.

    Updates for Switcher pro ended in 2011, and its features were integrated into TI's new online application, WebBench Power Designer.


    WebBench has all the power tools of Switcher Pro, but adds support for filters, sensors, interface, reference, led, clock and FPGA/uP.

    It's a very good tool for any designer, though I haven't forgotten where it all started from.

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    This project needs to start making serious headway against the issues that have presented themselves. First up - the gas tank level sensor technique I am exploring is showing a little more promise after a concerted effort. I procured a surface speaker exciter to try and generate vibrations at lower frequencies. This driver was able to excite much lower resonances than the original piezo disk and the low frequency resonances were proportional to air volume in the tank (bottle). Persistence is paying off, but progress needs to accelerate.

    I also did a meticulous test of resonance due to blowing across the top of the bottle versus fluid level. This also yielded a proportional relationship between resonant frequency and fluid level. However the actual resonant frequencies from the two different methods of excitation were not the same at the same fluid level - not even close. I suspect the bottle nozzle geometry interacts with the air volume or rather the air volume adjusts the natural vibrations of the nozzle. This unfortunately means I can't use the blown air technique to calibrate resonance versus volume.

    Here is a video demonstrating the surface speaker exciting resonances in the bottle:

    Actually detecting resonance in a real tank with a microcontroller is going to be difficult based on my findings so far - the resonance frequency is not strongly dependent on air volume, so the numbers fluctuate quite a bit and accuracy is not high, even under very controlled conditions. None-the-less I need to get my interface card on order, so I will just have to make a best guess as to what circuitry might work and get it on order.

    As side note for those interested in surface speaker driver technology - here is a demo of the surface exciter working as a speaker playing a song from the radio:

    Up next I had to tackle the issue with designing an interface card to implement the features of my design. The expansion cards in the challenge kit were really not playing well with each other or the functionality I wanted to implement, there were heavy pin conflicts with multiple cards vying for use of the same pins. I have not completely decided what is the best way to resolve the radio conflicts as those cards use a lot of pins. However I did press on and designed an interface card that handles all the other functions, so I don't need to struggle with card conflicts.

    This custom expansion card handles:

    • 2 graphical LCDs
    • a 3-axis accelerometer
    • driver crcuitry for the gas tank exciter
    • signal conditioning for the gas tank sensor
    • a GPS
    • a couple of mode switches
    • and some power distribution

    The card has significant protection on a lot of pins, partly because of all the potential pin conflicts and partly because the arduino uno connectors supported by the Nucleo MCU are expecting 3.3 volt signals on this platform, but the uno and many shields for the uno work off 5 volts, which is available on the connector.

    Here is a picture of the PCB layout as it stands today:


    I have all the parts on order I think, but some have long lead times, so this is going to compress the schedule down the road.

    Hopefully I can now start installing the Nucleo IDE and begin exploring how to program it.


    Project Links:

    IoT On Wheels Design Challenge page



    Links to other blogs on this project are included in the first blog:

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    Last month, you decided on Cool LED Display for November!


    Let us know what Project Competition you want for December!


    New ideas for this month come from balearicdynamics for animatronic , dougw for Cool Kitchen Gadget , and  shabaz for Build a Portable Electronic project Kit!


    Submit your images and ideas for a chance to win free element14 swag!

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    Electronics & Design Projects

    Enter Your Electronics & Design Project to earn a $100 Shopping Cart to any element14 transactional site!

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    How are Monthly Themes selected?

    • Around the 14th of every month a new poll will go up with themes to choose from.
    • Vote on the design competition you want to see next.
    • The poll will remain open until the 14th of the following month and will soon be replaced with a new poll.
    • Images and Ideas from the comments will be used to put together the next poll.


    How do you earn free swag?

    • If you think of an idea for a project theme you can earn swag by submitting images or ideas that are used in future themes.


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    The Ideal RoadTester

    A motor drives engineer or someone interested in honing his/her knowledge in motor drives and control design.


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    This is a special type of RoadTest as well as a unique opportunity for any design engineer who's work is focused on motor drives & control, or someone interested in learning more. Besides the 3 components that come in this motor drives bundle, the supplier is offering 6 hours of personal online Motor Control expertise and support from a TI expert.


    The official RoadTesters will receive the following:




    The C2000™ Piccolo LaunchPad is an inexpensive, modular, and fun evaluation platform, enabling you to dive into real-time, closed-loop control development with Texas Instruments’ C2000™ 32-bit microcontroller family. This platform provides a great starting point for development of many common power electronics applications, including motor control, digital power supplies, solar inverters, digital LED lighting, precision sensing, and more.


    The BOOSTXL-DRV8301 is 10A, 3-phase brushless DC drive stage based on the DRV8301 pre-driver and CSD18533Q5A NexFET™ power MOSFET. The module has 3x low side current sense amps (2 internal to DRV8301, 1 external). The module also has a 1.5A step down buck converter, is fully protected with short circuit, thermal, and shoot-through protection, and is easily configured via a SPI interface. This boosterpack is ideal for those wishing to learn about sensorless brushless control techniques and drive stage design. This kit was designed to work with any LaunchPad XL, with primary software support through the using MotorWare to support the InstaSPIN™-FOCsensorless control solution.


    The HVBLDCMTR is a brushless DC motor. The BLDC motor kit is designed for customers looking to use the high voltage motor control and PFC developer's kit with an brushless DC motor.


    You'll also get access to MotorWare™ is a cohesive set of software and technical resources for developing InstaSPI-FOC™ and InstaSPIN-MOTION™ based applications. From device-specific drivers and support software to complete system examples and technical training, MotorWare provides support for every stage of development and evaluation MotorWare software has been developed to enable easy integration of best-in-class motor control techniques.This software has been developed to enable:


    • Modular and portable across MCU, power electronics and control techniques
    • Object Oriented software design
    • Special identification and auto tuning components for rapid system development
    • Most robust sensorless motor control
    • Highest performance sensored motion control
    • API based


    I hope you consider applying for this RoadTest!


    For important dates and T&Cs, please view the following table.




    Randall Scasny

    RoadTest Program Manager


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    Important Dates

    Enrollment Begins: July 7 2017

    Enrollment Ends: August 11 2017

    RoadTesters Selected: August 18 2017 (estimated)

    Product Shipped: Oct 6 2017

    RoadTesting Begins: Oct 13 2017

    Reminder/Update Email: Nov 12 2017*

    Submit Reviews By: Dec 12  2017**


    *The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

    **If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, rscasny, as soon as possible before the deadline.


    The supplier selected the following applicants:






    Supplemental Questions

    1. What is the major technical challenge you are facing with your Motor Control project?


    2. Which Motor Drives and Control Project are you currently working on?


    3. What is the Release Time to Market of your Project?

    • 0-1 year
    • 1-3 years
    • 3-5 years
    • More than 5 years


    4. What is the annual volume of production for your project?

    • 1-1K
    • 1-10К
    • 10-100K
    • 100-500K
    • 500K+


    5. Have you used TI before as part of your Motor Drives projects?

    • I have considered TI, but selected another part in the end
    • I have designed and implemented TI as part of the final product.
    • No, I am not involved in the decision making.
    • No, I have never considered TI in the past.
    • Other (free field)


    6. When thinking about Motor Control which semiconductor vendor comes to your mind?

    Terms and Conditions

    TI Motor Drive Bundle, MotorWare, Personal Trainer– RoadTest

    Terms and Conditions

    These are the terms and conditions which govern the TI Motor Drive Bundle, MotorWare, Personal Trainer contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

    The Principal terms of the Competition:

    The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.


    TI Motor Drive Bundle, MotorWare, Personal Trainer

    (RoadTest or Contest)

    Key dates:

    Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on August 11 2017

    Announcement of Winners (Official RoadTesters) (estimated): August 18 2017



    TI Motor Drive Bundle, MotorWare, Personal Trainer


    Additional Prizes: none

    Competition Site:

    Site or element14 Community:

    Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

    Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

    · Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

    · Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

    · A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

    · Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on;

    · Originality;

    · Innovation.

    Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

    Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

    · Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

    Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

    1. Eligibility
    2. Applications:
    3. Selecting Winners: 
    4. Liability:
    5. General:

    1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

    1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

    1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

    1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

    1.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

    1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

    The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

    1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

    1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

    1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

    1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

    1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

    2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

    2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

    2.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

    2.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

    2.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

    2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

    2.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

    2.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

    2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

    2.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

    2.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

    2.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the RoadTest.

    2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

    2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

    2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

    2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

    (a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

    (b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

    (c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

    2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

    3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

    3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

    3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

    3.4 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

    3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

    3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.


    4.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

    4.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

    4.3 Subject to 4.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Competition or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Competition, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

    5.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

    5.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

    5.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

    5.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

    5.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

    5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.


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