Hacks created at Science Hack Day SF 2016

  1. My Brother’s Bear (Hardware Award)
  2. Missing You
  3. Gremlin of Failed Components (Lemonade Award)
  4. Planetary
  5. Describe what you see!
  6. Sky Lamp
  7. Make-and-take cloud chamber (Science Outreach Award)
  8. Machine Visionary (Best Use of Data)
  9. QCycle
  10. Particle physics outreach online
  11. TableTracker (Science Comedy Award)
  12. Dyes Gels & Fractals (Beautiful Science Award)
  13. Who actually deserves Nobel Prizes?
  14. Sky Lamp
  15. Climate Data Visualizations
  16. Internet Resilience Brainstorming
  17. Science Hack Day Theme Song
  18. Grow-IoT
  19. Augmented Reality Sandbox (tied for People’s Choice Award)
  20. Rainy Day Science (Discovery Award)
  21. Stargazr (Best Design)
  22. 360 Electric Field Scanner (Instrumentation Award)
  23. team-brain
  24. Caustic Networks
  25. trashbin earth project
  26. Hack-a-HULA (Best In Show & tied for People’s Choice Award)
  27. flopSec

My Brother’s Bear

Creators: Chloe Bonneau
Gilles de Bordeaux
Virginie de Bordeaux

 

The goal is to create a beautiful baby toy that will:
– Entertain a small child
– Keep them active
– Report on their wellbeing
– Work all the time (24/7)
– Monitor the environment
– Detect unsafe conditions
– Send alerts (temperature, gas, flame, moisture, sound level)

It needs to be:
– Safe (electricity, RF, can be chewed)
– Usable between age 0 to 5
– Baby-size (< 35”) and baby-weight (< 1kg)
– Easy setup
– Autonomous (baby interaction, online status)
– Fully automatic
– All hardware inside the toy (no external cables)

The prototype is:
– Based on Arduino
– Reacts to:
– Shake: speaks, sings, or complains
– Touch: 1 pad in each hand and ear
– Light: quiet at night. If hears baby sound, lights his eyes and speaks softly
– Voice: depends on context (soft at night; canned phrases or songs during day)
– Monitors:
– Temperature: alert if under/above limits
– Flame: alert if detected
– Gas: alert if detected
– Moisture: alert when wet
– Sound level: alert if too loud

APIs, data and tools used: A 32 years old French bear, Linkit One Arduino board from Mediatek, Microsoft Azure cloud, many Groove shields, an amplified speaker

 


Missing You

Creators: Lily Lew

 

My project is called Missing You. The goal was to explore low tech ways to find a missing person considering your smart phone is not working.

There are currently many types of tracking systems available which require the missing person or pet to wear a tracking device and a receiver that monitors the location of the tracking device. Low power GPS tracking is one of these options and has many applications beyond locating missing items. Low power GPS has the advantage of locating people indoors and still maintain a long battery life. You may further explore these options with the link at the bottom of the page.

In an ideal world very young children, people with disabilities or pets that have a history of roaming are monitored more closely and may be restrained to a stroller, carrier or leash. Older children and adults would be able to find and ask for help.

Despite these precautions, children and pets may still wander off when we least expect it. What would you do if suddenly your child or pet is missing?

I explored the viability of light weight commercially available products of different sorts hoping to increase the visibility or attention of the missing person. The strategy was similar to that used by bikers, joggers or crossing guards.
Wear Bright Colors
Try waving a large object
Try lights at night
Try making a loud or repetitious noise
These only seemed to work if the missing person or pet was paying attention and within the vicinity.

I then surveyed participants at the 2016 Science Hack Day and they came up with interesting ideas that included using a dog to trace the scent, if outdoors try finding your relative position and backtracking (west is where the sunsets), call for help…

I summarized these findings as follows: Shout (loudly call the kid or pet), Search the area and Seek help from people nearby or calling the police.

Upon reflection it was best to employ the advice and common sense of the majority which has an acronym of SSS – Shout, Search and Seek.

I learned that in a high tech world, some people can overcomplicate things when there is a basic simple solution and it helps to ask a lot of people with different view points.

Be SAFE – SHARE your knowledge. A big thanks to all the Science Hack Day contributors to this project!

 

APIs, data and tools used: Internet research, information given by hack day participants

Hack URL: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B16Hm3ECBEkUcGhTdVhFU2QzQ0U/view?usp=sharing

 


Gremlin of Failed Components

Creators: Mika McKinnon

 

Sometimes, things don’t work. Remember to offer tribute to the Gremlin of Failed Components

APIs, data and tools used: Scrap materials from DIY Cloud Chamber

 


Planetary

Creators: Steven Schlotterbeck

 

Alpha version of educational web game that simulates Mars terraforming (Areoforming).

APIs, data and tools used: Yeoman
Angular
Bootstrap
AngularUI
Grunt
Bower
Adobe Creative Suite
NASA data sources

Screenshots, photos and videos: http://blog.stevenschlotterbeck.com/wp-content/uploads/MT-Alpha-Screenshot.png

 


Describe what you see!

Creators: Diwakar Goel
Kiera Westphal

 

Idea here is to use the motion sensors to take a photo/video from the camera whenever any motion is detected send it to an image recognition software/Google machine learning cloud and describe what it is. Use cases – Security camera. You get a message saying there is a cute cat in front of your house? 🙂

APIs, data and tools used: Google vision API, Philips Hue Motion sensor + lights

 


Sky Lamp

Creators: Julie Ballard
Jen Blank
Tim Bombosch
Andrew Fittingoff
Candida Haynes
Chris Swanson
Jeremy Wong

 

Sky Lamp displays planetary positions artfully.
Have you every wanted to know which planets are visible in the sky and where?Sky Lamp lets you know!
From Earth, we can see up to five planets at any time with the naked eye—Mercury, Mars, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Depending on the date, Sky Lamp will display which planets are visible and where they are—East, South, or West. You can then go outside at night and look for the planets yourself!
Sky Lamp is not just fascinating science, it’s art! It’s a sconce lamp you mount on the wall. You can enjoy the beautiful lights while enjoying science and sky-gazing.
How does it work? We are able to pull data from Pyephem to know which planets are where and then use Adruino Uno to control corresponding LED lights on the lamp. There are five rows of lights, each row representing a planet in its relative order from the sun. The three columns of light indicate their position—East, South, or West.
With that information, you can narrow your search for the planets you seek as you gaze into the night time sky.
In our prototype, we used 15 lights and a planet’s position is binned to an arc of the nearest corresponding LED light; future lamps could include many more lights and provide more accuracy and artistic interest.

APIs, data and tools used: The technology and materials used to create the Sky Lamp include:
Software: Pyephem, Phython
Hardware: Adruino Uno, LED lights, ohm resisters, insulated copper wire,
Materials: Industrial plastic, shaped with heat guns, plywood mold, mounting hardware

Hack URL: https://github.com/basilleaf/skylamp

 


Make-and-take cloud chamber

Creators: Matt Bellis
Alyx Gleason
Miranda Marnes
Maddy Hagen
Jackie Van Slycke
Terry Johnson
Mika McKinnon
Andrew Fittingoff
Elisa Heinrich
Jack Sivak
William Xuan
Imju Byon
Chris Swanson

 

We have been learning to both build and teach others how to build their own turnkey cloud chambers: devices which let you “see” radioactivity and cosmic rays with the flick of a switch. We came here to teach people how to build their own to both improve the design and the instructional process.

APIs, data and tools used: Python (for webcam data logger)
OpenCV
https://github.com/mattbellis/science-hack-day-sf16/tree/master/cloud_chamber_webcam
Peltier thermocoolers
CPU coolers
Computer power supplies

Screenshots, photos and videos:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1yA7tGs19imEb-Y7C92AayB1A734tifGx0hfkeS63R9Y/edit?usp=sharing

Hack URL: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cloud-Chamber-Particle-Detector/

 


Machine Visionary

Creators: Eyal Shahar
Julia Ma
Elisha Ma

 

Machines have visions: Give it an image, get the image description, get a quote from a famous visionary, replace quote with what the machine sees (tags from the image description). Finally, create a demotivational poster with the image, a title, and the quote.

APIs, data and tools used: Microsoft’s Computer Vision API
Microsoft’s Linguistic Analysis API
Wikiquotes API

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/joulesm/machine-visionary/tree/master/screenshots

Hack URL: http://thymetravels.no-ip.biz/machine-visionary/

 


QCycle

Creators: A W

 

It’s a fast and comfortable quadcycle.

APIs, data and tools used: X-Carve for bearings

 


Particle physics outreach online

Creators: David Harris
Matt Bellis
Brian Sipple

 

There are some efforts to make particle physics data and home projects more accessible to the public. We worked on improving one website that provides data from the LHC and another site that would serve as a clearing house for many different projects.

APIs, data and tools used: Jupyter notebooks
Binder (http://mybinder.org/)
Github
Bootstrap

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19r23tbFds7RUDPZhYEztHF0k2YMOIYjBu2ekmV6tlbo/edit?usp=sharing

Hack URL: http://www.particlehack.org/

 


TableTracker

Creators: Scott Mobley

 

Track food movement on a table, and see who keeps eating all the Thanksgiving turkey! The Python OpenCV program compares the change in a region of a table to its last captured frame by comparing histograms. The idea is if there is a significant change in the histograms, there is probably added food to that area. By pressing ‘a’, the program also grabs a representation of the top 5 commonly used colors in the current image. The next step was to see if these commonly used colors move to the plate region. I was hoping to use the LAB color space, calculate the distance between the full frame top colors to the region frame, and say YES, this guy ate the RED! Curse you Johnson, always eating all the red colored food.This was not completed however.

APIs, data and tools used: PyCharm, OpenCV 3.1, Python 3.5.2, Scipy, Lots of tutorial code from the internet.

Hack URL: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ni1260nwz2x762/TableTracker.zip?dl=0

 


Dyes Gels & Fractals

Creators: Patrik D’haeseleer, Maria Chavez, Fumi Yamazaki

 

Dyes form beautiful patterns in liquid. Some dyes also form fractal patterns on some fluid gels. (A fluid gel is a gel that has been blended, and has consistency between a liquid and solid). Can we make these patterns even MORE beautiful? We experimented with gels made out of gellan gum, alginate, agar, xantham gum. We tested a total of 7 different gel recipes, with different amounts of blending (10 seconds – 2 minutes)

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://sites.google.com/site/dyesgelsfractals/

https://goo.gl/V0tjVH

Hack URL: https://sites.google.com/site/dyesgelsfractals/

 


Who actually deserves Nobel Prizes?

Creators: David Harris

 

Many people, especially women and minorities, have been overlooked for Nobel Prizes despite being more than deserving. This site aims to redress the public perceptions of who is “great” at science by including a series of names and citations for people the crowd have nominated and then selected and curated by the site organizers.

 

Hack URL: http://www.deservenobels.org

 


Sky Lamp

Creators: Lisa Ballard
Jen Blank
Tim Bombosch
Andrew Fittingoff
Candida Haynes
Jeremy Wong

 

Sky Lamp displays planetary positions artfully.
Have you every wanted to know which planets are visible in the sky and where? Sky Lamp lets you know!
In the Northern Hemisphere, we can see up to five planets at any time with the naked eye—Mercury, Mars, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Depending on the date, Sky Lamp will display which planets are visible and where they are—East, South, or West. You can then go outside at night and look for the planets yourself!
Sky Lamp is not just fascinating science, it’s art! It’s a sconce lamp you mount on the wall. You can enjoy the beautiful lights while enjoying science and sky-gazing.
How does it work? We are able to pull data from Pyephem to know which planets are where and then light up LED lights on the lamp. There are five rows of lights, each row representing a planet in its relative order from the sun. The three columns of light indicate their position—East, South, or West.
In our prototype, we used 15 lights and a planet’s position is binned to an arc of the nearest corresponding LED light; future lamps could include many more lights and provide more accuracy and artistic interest.
With that information, you can narrow your search for the planets you seek as you gaze into the night time sky.

APIs, data and tools used: The technology and materials used to create the Sky Lamp include:
Software: Pyephem, Phython
Hardware: Adruino Uno, LED lights, 200 ohm resisters, insulated copper wire,
Materials: Industrial plastic, shaped with heat guns, plywood mold, mounting hardware

Hack URL: https://github.com/basilleaf/skylamp

 


Climate Data Visualizations

Creators: Jason Wexler, Karina van Schaardenburg, Michelle Venetucci Harvey

 

The Cost of Flight

APIs, data and tools used: Sketch, Publicly available emissions data (via UN etc)

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8fdVtWDNlV6Tl9wUTdsTmlnZWlVT2pHd3ZBMVpoWTA2bmZF/view?usp=sharing

 


Internet Resilience Brainstorming

Creators: Tantek
Jessie
Alex
Bryn
Cosmo
Thomas

 

A brainstorming project on how to make the open Internet, its content, essential services, and human rights resilient in the face of censorship and attacks.

APIs, data and tools used: Etherpad editor for team brainstorming (https://etherpad.indieweb.org)

Hack URL: https://etherpad.indieweb.org/internetresilience

 


Science Hack Day Theme Song

Creators: Alvin, Kevin, Brian, Lindsey

 

It is a music video.

APIs, data and tools used: IMovie, Ableton Live

Screenshots, photos and videos: TBD

 


Grow-IoT

Creators: Adrian Lu
Jeremy Wong
Camille Villa
Jake Hartnell
Jeadi Vilchis

 

A continuation of a hack from last year, we worked on cleaning up the code, doing a bit of user testing, and making some reusable components for data visualization.

APIs, data and tools used: https://github.com/CommonGarden/Grow-IoT

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/CommonGarden/Grow-IoT

Hack URL: https://github.com/CommonGarden/Grow-IoT

 


Augmented Reality Sandbox

Creators: Andy Rice
Cheryl Mellor
Miranda Marnes
Andrew Mellor
Miguel Rivera
William Bombosch

 

Using an Xbox Kinect and 200 lbs of sand, we’ve created a real-time moldable topographic map.

APIs, data and tools used: SARndbox, Xbox Kinect, PC, wood, sand

Screenshots, photos and videos: n/a

Hack URL: http://blank.org/

 


Rainy Day Science

Creators: Johnny Choo
Mannah Kallon
Louis Rowan
Kim Stephenson

 

An app that links you to kid friendly science experiments using materials you have at home

APIs, data and tools used: Google Maps https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/static-maps/

Screenshots, photos and videos: http://imgur.com/a/QsYdZ

Hack URL: http://rainydayscience.herokuapp.com/

 


Stargazr

Creators: Brian Castro
Catherine Most
Roman Gurovich
Jeff Wang
Ramon Simms
Erica Johnson
Kevin Vo
Xavier Fernandes

 

A website that helps you find the best stargazing sites near you. Click the map to choose the coordinates, then click the “Find Conditions” Button to get a report of that site’s suitability for stargazing!

Very much a WIP.

APIs, data and tools used: Source: https://github.com/BCastro1989/stargazr and https://github.com/BCastro1989/stargazr_front.github.io

APIs
Google Maps API
DarkSky.net API
Custom API for light pollution data from images

based upon website by David J Lorentz https://djlorenz.github.io/astronomy/lp2006/overlay/dark.html

uses images from:
cleardarksky.com
flikr.com

Hack URL: http://www.briangcastro.com/stargazr

 


360 Electric Field Scanner

Creators: Daniel Gray
Rolf Widenfelt
Nevena Djaja
Elisa Heinrich

 

We made a simple electric field detector and mounted it on a lazy susan platter. By rotating the platter we map the static field of an object in 360 degrees.

APIs, data and tools used: Arduino, Node.js, Plotly API, Github, electronic components, cheap Lazy Susan platter, laser printed encoder stripes.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/danbgray/static-electricity-scanner/photos

Hack URL: https://github.com/danbgray/static-electricity-scanner

 


team-brain

Creators: Teon Brooks
Justin DeCell

 

We wanted to take the OpenBCI EEG headset and stream its data in real-time to an open-source data analysis called MNE-Python. This will allow us to see the brain data in real-time and do analyses on-the-fly

APIs, data and tools used: Python (MNE-Python), OpenBCI

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://twitter.com/teon_io/status/797906665529950208

 


Caustic Networks

Creators: Olive Lucia
Reuben Brandt
Nobie Redmon

 

Caustic Networks — A last ditch effort to have something dope to show off

APIs, data and tools used: Acrylic
Soap
Wood
Screws
CNC Router

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://youtu.be/vGai7DUWM1M

Hack URL: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HDdbr8vcW-oieP0QpMViqcXMffFMZZo9HIPpcpPDVhE/edit?usp=sharing

 


trashbin earth project

Creators: Dan Park

 

Visualize the trash problem in our ocean

APIs, data and tools used: mapzen

 


Hack-a-HULA

Creators: Camille Townshend
Brent Townshend
Kyle Valiton
Nell Namitha Narasappa
Damla Gungor
Vrusha Chauhan
William Xuan
Owen Pietrokowsky

 

We built a robot that hula-hoops with two degrees of freedom using two motors. To do this, we used a Motion Capture system to extract position data from a MoCap file of a person hula-hooping, and mapped the data to the robot.
Our robot is a bell-shaped, expanded-foam figure which we covered with a shirt and a skirt.

APIs, data and tools used: Perceptron Neuron (Motion Capture)
Axis Neuron
Matlab
80-20
DC Motors
Arduino
String Potentiometers
Keynote
Adobe Illustrator
iMovie

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f8dbgi6jglafd4h/IMG_0627.MOV?dl=0

Hack URL: http://pulsefield.com/hackahula

 


flopSec

Creators: Leez
Dr. Nicolas Weidinger
Mark Burdett
Jake

 

flopSec is a rotating parabolic dish for precision tracking of Stingrays and other IMSI catchers.

APIs, data and tools used: HackRF rad1o badge, gnuradio, gr-gsm, gqrx, satellite dish

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4UXNe8nNZs

Hack URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4UXNe8nNZs