Hacks at Science Hack Day SF 2017

  1. The Organic Growing Road (Collaboration Award)
  2. AI Creative Arm Hardware
  3. Automated Mentor Search
  4. Computer Animated Toothbrusing
  5. Spooky Pumpkin
  6. StarCat (Whimsy Award)
  7. CircuitSkin
  8. BurritoBot
  9. Herstory Alexa Skill
  10. Garbage In, Garbage Out (Best Use of Data)
  11. Stargazr 2017
  12. Grey Matter
  13. Next Generation Boba Straw (NGBS)
  14. Tinker Feynman Diagrams (Best In Show)
  15. Stroke Appearance and Detection (Health Award)
  16. BeaconWise
  17. Puerto Rico Holonet
  18. The Magic Mustache
  19. Disaster Scrapers – and FEMA shelter population over time (Impact Award)
  20. (UMFC )Underground Mine for Fire Control
  21. Making scientific model fitting faster and more accurate
  22. Time slices (Education Award)
  23. Sound Localization
  24. LAIFU to WAIFU
  25. Color Portal (Design Award)
  26. LumoSynthesis
  27. Flubber (Science Award)
  28. Mariposa
  29. Experiment.com Funding Widget
  30. Proxa, hand free lab assistant
  31. Golden
  32. Initial Celestial Offering (Silicon Vall
  33. Periodic Tarot of the Elements (Magical Art & Science Award)
  34. My Tweeting Safe
  35. Spinning O2
  36. Liquid Crystal Sunglasses
  37. disaster-radio
  38. CodeScribe
  39. FlipBot (Hardware Award)
  40. Bat Sounds
  41. RuMmaGe

The Organic Growing Road

Creators: Danielle Satinover, Taylor, Octavian and everyone else .

This is a social experiment the road has taken on its own organic nature and is growing. Engineering to keep it going and additions are welcome. Our goal is to achieve 100% participation and reach every room here. PLEASE ADD PHOTOS TO LINK ABOVE!

APIs, data and tools used: paper, markers, brain power, tape, led lights and recycled materials.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://photos.goo.gl/yKOrqZHpTOTBvxv82

Hack URL:https://photos.app.goo.gl/yKOrqZHpTOTBvxv82

AI Creative Arm Hardware

Creators: Christianna Taylor
Nell Narasappa
Damla Gungor

Automated proximity Operations for a robotic arm

APIs, data and tools used: 3D printed arm from Thingsverse
Servos, Rasberry Pi3, ardufruit shield, and connectors from Amazon
CNN Deep Learning from GitHub
Basic Servos, Ultrasonic, python code from blogs

Screenshots, photos and videos: www.aerospacesocialite.com/hacks

Hack URL:

Automated Mentor Search

Creators: Chistianna Taylor
Jason Reed

Take a survey, connect your calendar, and Twitter, and have a bot automatically search twitter for you to connect with people who interest you

APIs, data and tools used: wix.com, comm.it, calend.ly, google forms, python

Screenshots, photos and videos: www.aerospacesocialite.com/blank-6

Hack URL:https://www.aerospacesocialite.com/blank-6

Computer Animated Toothbrusing

Creators: Chloe Bonneau + V.

A device that helps kids brush their teeth for the right amount of time.

APIs, data and tools used: An arduino, a paint canvas, battery, buzzer, LEDs

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Hack URL:

Spooky Pumpkin

Creators: Andrew Fittingoff

A jack-o-lantern that glows a friendly yellow, but when you get too close, it flashes an angry red.

APIs, data and tools used: Arduino

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Hack URL:


Creators: Flip Tanedo
Syris Norelli
Matt Bellis
Leo Alexseyev
Kris Kooi

You upload a cat picture, we’ll find a constellation of it.

APIs, data and tools used: scikit-learn, open cv, hyg star database, the usual numpy/scipy libraries

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/fliptanedo/StarCat

Hack URL:https://github.com/fliptanedo/StarCat


Creators: Alex Glow
Tiffany Lam
Jonathan Toomim
Claire Lastname

Smart LED tattoos that respond to light, sound, and… more?

APIs, data and tools used: Chibitronics Circuit Stickers
Conductive thread
LightBlue Bean

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaP4Thcn6AK

Hack URL:https://www.hackster.io/glowascii/circuitskin-smart-led-tattoos-532da2


Creators: Scott Mobley, Alonzo Lee, Raymond Cabrera, Michelle Wei, Robert Chen

BurritoBot is an automated burrito synthesizer that makes burritos precisely to your specifications.

APIs, data and tools used: Raspberry Pi, Food courtesy of Github, Arduino Uno, Python, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML/CSS

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Hack URL:

Herstory Alexa Skill

Creators: Ipsheeta Furtado
Lisa Ballard

Alexa is a voice-activated Amazon service. Herstory is a skill that allows Alexa to tell you a historical contribution by women every day.

APIs, data and tools used: Amazon Alexa

Screenshots, photos and videos:

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

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Creators: Anthony B
Dan Recht
Erin Rapacki
Jeremy Wong
Joke Durnez
Karina van Schaardenburg
Liz Pasekal
Michael Bonfiglio

What happens to your city’s trash? Depending on where you live, a surprising amount of it gets shipped to other cities in the USA. In fact, according to the 2012 commodity flow survey taken by the US government, 114 million tons of waste and scrap are shipped per year. And that’s not even counting the trash that gets carried from your house to your local waste facility with garbage trucks. This survey only looked at intentional large scale waste transportation.

Why are we shipping trash such long distances, for example from Albany to Houston? There are two main reasons: either the shipments include hazardous waste, which needs to be disposed of safely, or the shipments include useful scrap, for example wood pulp. These large shipments aren’t free: companies are paying to dispose of their waste properly or they are buying useful waste they need for their businesses.

Explore the data by looking at inflows and outflows. Find your city and see where your trash is going.

APIs, data and tools used: 2012 Commodity Flow Survey: https://www.census.gov/econ/cfs/
Circos: http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/tableviewer/
Our Github Repo: https://github.com/jermspeaks/garbage-in-garbage-out

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/jermspeaks/garbage-in-garbage-out/blob/gh-pages/docs/GarbageInGarbageOut.pdf

Hack URL:http://www.craftbyzen.com/garbage-in-garbage-out/

Stargazr 2017

Creators: Brian Castro
Liz Pasekal
Robby Nevel
Colin Foster Howell Hunt
Thomas Stucky
Adam Campbell

Update of SHD project from last year: Fixed broken backend on webserver/aws instance. Redesigned UI for main page.

APIs, data and tools used: AWS, Django, Python, Adobe Illustrator, Javascript

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Hack URL:http://ec2-54-148-218-74.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com/stargazr/map.html?

Grey Matter

Creators: Valentina Borghesani
Fabian Pedregosa
Ines Bahri

There is a rare kind of dementia that affects language more than memory (i.e., patients don’t forget things, they lose knowledge of the meaning of words). We had data on ~100 of these patients: brain atrophy maps + behavioral scores from a series of neuropsychological tests. We know clinician tend to cluster the patients in two sub-groups: primarily left vs primarily right atrophy. We tried to cluster the patients in a data-driven way by looking at the atrophy in specific regions of interest of the brain. We then compared: (1) our clustering with the one made by neurologists, (2) our clustering at time0 with the results of the same process at time1 (second visit for each patient), (3) the behavioral performance across the 3 clusters we obtained.

APIs, data and tools used: https://github.com/fabianp/gray_matter
python, what else!
scikit learn

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/fabianp/gray_matter

Hack URL:https://github.com/fabianp/gray_matter

Next Generation Boba Straw (NGBS)

Creators: Scott Mobley
Michelle Wei

Since Boba’s inception, Boba drinkers have been following novelty after novelty in the search for entertainment and value. Here, the Next Generation of Boba Straw is unveiled. Follow its angled edges as your pearl now follows around curves and corners on its fulfilling journey to delight your culinary senses.

APIs, data and tools used: Glue Gun
X-Acto Knife

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5a7hYaR62j4bS1iSXhvUFRqY1E/view?usp=sharing

Hack URL:

Tinker Feynman Diagrams

Creators: Matt Bellis
Maddy Hagen
Clare Reilly
Flip Tanedo

3D Printed tinker toys that lets you create actual particle physics Feynman Diagrams to learn about science

APIs, data and tools used: Stereolithography (STL) editor, 3D Printer

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/mattbellis/tinkertoy-feynman

Hack URL:https://github.com/mattbellis/tinkertoy-feynman

Stroke Appearance and Detection

Creators: Ruby Chen
Lucas Royland

We wanted to show how facial drooping associated with a stroke appears by using an existing facial deformation framework to alter videos of users. And we looked to analyze existing facial microexpression frameworks/research to see how that could be extended for visual stroke detection in preventive care.

APIs, data and tools used: https://github.com/auduno/clmtrackr

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/rubychen/clmtrackr/blob/dev/demo_ImightlooklikethisifIhadastroke.png

Hack URL:https://github.com/rubychen/clmtrackr/blob/dev/examples/facedeform_stroke.html


Creators: Ivan Cooper
With special thanks to Patrick Lloyd #team_we_got_hardware for parts!

Track the Trackers – become aware of invisible ultrasound (etc) beacons in your environment using wearable technology.

APIs, data and tools used: Android Studio
JTransform (Fast Fourier Transform library for Java)
RFduino hardware
RFDuinoTest by Lann https://github.com/lann/RFDuinoTest
Samsung Galaxy S8+
iPhone 4 w/ “NCH Tone Generator” app

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/4levity/BeaconWise/blob/master/photos/breadboard_rfduino.jpg

Hack URL:https://github.com/4levity/BeaconWise

Puerto Rico Holonet

Creators: Hadi Esiely
Eldo Varghese

The goal for this project was to enable communication through the Iridium satellite constellation using text messages to bridge cellular networks and email to areas hit by environmental disasters with no standing infrastructure.

1 liner A: If a disaster destroys all comms infrastructure, you only need this low-powered device and your cellphone to contact other people anywhere in the world.

1 liner B: Text your family in the middle of nowhere with no signal. Have your family text you back asking why you are there (and didn’t pick up your room)

APIs, data and tools used: we used: rockblock mk2 Iridium transceiver, twilio, amazon lambda, raspberry pi 3 model B, python, NodeJS, bash, amazing teamwork against all odds

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JGbyhyBCREhphuvC2

Hack URL:https://github.com/pr-holonet/pr-holonet

The Magic Mustache

Creators: Mingjing Huang
Diego Dotta
Cliff Chen
Jacki GordonB
Adam Christensen

Hacking through sexism using a smartphone cover that stores that magic. Magic Mustache is the fun way to be taken seriously.

APIs, data and tools used: Polycapralactone Beads
Hair Extension
Needle and Thread
Party Blowers
Double Tape
Hot Glue Gun
Mustache Wax
Wood Dowels
Javascript, HTML – https://github.com/diegodotta/magic-mustache/
Google Presentation
Modeling Clay

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mHrSQnyRmo6M0l0-o8ZXBdCyq2OBf_-Ms7_vVo4_AHA/edit?usp=sharing

Hack URL:http://htmlpreview.github.io/?https://github.com/diegodotta/magic-mustache/blob/master/src/index.html

Disaster Scrapers – and FEMA shelter population over time

Creators: Simon Willison

A history of FEMA shelter populations during and after Hurricane Irma

APIs, data and tools used: https://github.com/simonw/disaster-data

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Hack URL:https://simonw.github.io/fema-history/

(UMFC )Underground Mine for Fire Control

Creators: Luis Gonzalez

After the recent news regarding what is happening in Napa Valley, we can all agree that fires can and will be a destructive force for the years to come. With California becoming drier due to climate change, the problem is bound to get worse, and the current methods of preventing wildfires put firefighters at constant risk.
What if we could protect our forests and farms without having to need the firefighters to be there? What if we could prevent the fire from expanding before it becomes uncontrollable?
In essence, could we make a system or a product that could hypothetically get activated alone only when a fire starts to occur and protect someones home, farm or city?

I present to you, the Underground Mine for Fire Control (UMFC). The UMFC tires to solve this issue by being as simple and as efficient as possible. The UMFC merely uses physics laws and design qualities of modern day mines to only be activated when it is most needed. The product consists of an inner chamber, outer chamber and a small glass pressure plate. They release CO2 to the nearby atmosphere once the internal room expands enough forcing it to come out of the earth. The CO2 can stop a fire regardless of what category of the fire it is (generated by oil, wood, electricity) and stop the fire without any human intervention. The mines will also contain relevant information like longitude and latitude coordinates to help fire enforcement make better strategies to tackle wildfires and to keep track of them. Although very sophisticated sensors could have been implemented to get real-life data, these upgrades would bring the cost way higher and thus the whole idea of making it simple would disappear.

This device aims to help firefighters, business, and local government fight fire without needing to risk human lives in the efforts and it could also be the best way to “control” light before it becomes a danger to society.

APIs, data and tools used:

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jy1QOpLDVmyt0CCjcq9YME1lmYuoWEFI7AtsWQqkZjM/edit#slide=id.g25c60f796f_0_640

Hack URL:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jy1QOpLDVmyt0CCjcq9YME1lmYuoWEFI7AtsWQqkZjM/edit#slide=id.g25c60f796f_0_640

Making scientific model fitting faster and more accurate

Creators: Michael Gully-Santiago

For my San Francisco Science Hack Day project I pursused the question of whether Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) can accelerate computation of scientific model fitting. GPUs—and newer Tensor Processing Units (TPUs)—deliver massive speedups in computations that involve lots of matrix operations. Gaussian process regression possesses exactly this property and so I predict that GPUs will be successful at speeding up Gaussian Process regression. However GPU programming can be abstract and challenging. Luckily the new pytorch framework makes GPU programming much easier for Python programmers like me, since it looks just like the familiar numpy package.

We show a >30x speedup in least squares regression using GPUs and pytorch.

APIs, data and tools used: pytorch, numpy, Jupyter Notebook, NASA Ames Supercomputer Pleiades.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/gully/bombcat/blob/master/faster_more_accurate_science.ipynb

Hack URL:https://github.com/gully/bombcat/blob/master/faster_more_accurate_science.ipynb

Time slices

Creators: Matt Bellis

Use software to digitally recreate multiple exposure photography for students looking to learn physics I level kinematics.

APIs, data and tools used: Python, opencv, jupyter-notebook

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1erUWnp6l5BDtE50-D4FidFh9ec8whlMUH-DHjiRYCLY/edit?usp=sharing

Hack URL:https://github.com/mattbellis/time-slices

Sound Localization

Creators: Keith Yuen
Pedro Amaral

As humans, we are capable of hearing sound and being able to distinguish the general direction of the source. We believed that through artificial intelligence, we could reproduce the same process but with higher accuracy (specific angle) through the use of two microphones and a neural network.

Our plan to accomplish this was to train our data with two microphones in two 3D ears and adopt the neural network through Tensorflow or ScikitLearn. However, through limited resources (Tensorflow and ScikitLearn Neural Networks unavailable), we gathered our data through a DIY setup of a rotating phone (recording the sound) with a cup surrounding its microphone to simulate the hearing of a human ear and trained our data to a
machine learning regression model.

APIs, data and tools used: Iphone 6S Plus, Macbook Pro, Scikit Learn, Numpy, Matplotlib

Screenshots, photos and videos:

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Creators: Sheen Kao
Dan Tilden
Brandon Wong
Leslie Morales
Steven Phan
Eric Pacheco

A system using an adversarial neural network (CycleGAN) to transform between photos of real people and anime-style portraits.

APIs, data and tools used: CycleGAN

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pRrzf_TPMNsQSBUlQLasFHHPIqmv5uKvziCy20zU9sM/edit?usp=sharing

Hack URL:

Color Portal

Creators: Gordon Kirkwood
Geoffrey Chu
Catherine Monahan
Melissa Boyer
Margarita Orozco Martell
Brandon Martinez

A desk lamp which matches the color of light somewhere else. A wireless color sensor outside controls what color bathes your desk. Because so many of us work with artificial light, we miss the changing hues of sunrise and sunset. This device makes sure you see the changing hue of sunset, and periodic clouds passing overhead, by bringing these natural variations inside, even in a windowless office. The lamp has colored LEDs which change to reproduce the color of light picked up outside.

APIs, data and tools used: Arduino mega
Arduino Duemilanove
TCS34725 color sensor
Seeed Studio I2C color sensor
Neopixel Ring
Yuji White LEDs 3500K
Yuji White LEDS 6500K
Wire armature
cut off soda bottle

Screenshots, photos and videos:

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Creators: Huong Phan
Judy Jun
Sa,ue; Sampson

We built a light fixture that adapts to the environment around it. The smart device measures ambient light, adapts to the variations around it and opens when the area around it gets dark, attempting to equalize the light. The fixture features mechanical petals that bloom and shut with the changing light around it. Our hack is implemented with arduino using photoresistors, LEDs, and an assortment of mechanical implements including pulleys, motors and switches.

APIs, data and tools used: Arduino
Step Motors

Screenshots, photos and videos:

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Creators: Maria Chavez
Gabby Baldwin
Emi Labbe
Tim Bailey
Cheryl Mellor
Frank Wu

Creating a better gel for potentially bioprinting with plant cells.

APIs, data and tools used: A stick blender, piepttes, coffe filters, syringes, crayons, paper plates, paper, scale, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Chloride, Chia Seeds

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/document/d/105MFzOWObaKEy4RYP8ll49wxM4kMVM36-7Y2IsyGuzw/edit?usp=sharing

Hack URL:https://docs.google.com/document/d/105MFzOWObaKEy4RYP8ll49wxM4kMVM36-7Y2IsyGuzw/edit?usp=sharing


Creators: L


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Experiment.com Funding Widget

Creators: Jade Wang
Judy Tuan

A widget for Experiment.com!
– Experiment.com is a crowdfunding site for science experiments. This means that scientists can post their project on the site and ask their communities to help them by funding their experiment. Then the scientists post updates about how the experiment is going, and shares the results with the public.
– We wanted any scientist raising money on Experiment.com to be able to show off their funding progress on their own website, without having to code it themselves.
– To achieve this, we created an “app” in Cloudflare Apps, which allows a website owner to choose to display and configure an “app” on their website, sort of like a WordPress plugin. Our app, code-named grasshopper, lets the scientist choose the project to feature, then grabs info about the project and displays it as part of the app.

APIs, data and tools used: Experiment.com: https://experiment.com/
Cloudflare Apps: https://www.cloudflare.com/apps/
Source code created: https://github.com/judytuna/grasshopper
Code created from example app: https://github.com/CloudflareApps/Spotify

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/judytuna/grasshopper/wiki

Hack URL:https://github.com/judytuna/grasshopper

Proxa, hand free lab assistant

Creators: Sebastian Bassi
Mike Covington
Aaron Lin
Antony Halim
Virginia Gonzalez

Proxa is a lab assistant. Combining Alexa (Amazon voice assistant) and protocols.io (the protocols platform). Proxa will be a faster and easier way to follow a multi-step protocol without using hands (scientist often wears gloves in the labs and can’t use their touch-screen device). In addition, the possibility to set timers, follow up with safety procedures, and inquire about the substances that are being used, etc. All of that can be done using only their voice with the virtual assistant help.

APIs, data and tools used: API protocols.io, amazon Alexa, Python

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/155DwezEZdq-qzTW2GSPpMlOiVYWr9ripQTK4cojLuPA

Hack URL:https://github.com/mfcovington/proxa


Creators: L


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Initial Celestial Offering

Creators: William Wnekowicz
Steve Castellotti
Roman Gurovich
Tyler Eakes
Aakash Nareshkumar
Asir Abrar
Syris Norelli
Judy Tuan

We’re Selling Stars for Science and using the Ethereum blockchain as a publicly auditable proof of ownership. Users can buy, sell, and transfer stars. Pick your favorite constellation, choose a star, and donate some money to Science to make it yours.

Join us for this Initial Celestial Offering! This is the best ICO in the universe.

APIs, data and tools used: https://github.com/flysonic10/initial-celestial-offering

We used React, Python, Ethereum, Truffle Framework, Solidity

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Hack URL:https://flysonic10.github.io/initial-celestial-offering

Periodic Tarot of the Elements

Creators: MeShon Bartlow
Abigail Joseph
Janet Stemwedel
Ayo Suber

We built a mashup of a traditional Tarot deck’s Major Arcana and representative chemical elements from the Periodic Table, prototyping cards and a guide to interpreting them. The guide provides connections for the use to learn more about both sources (the Tarot and the Periodic Table). This deck offers a new set of tools to reflect on your situation and find a positive outlook and path forward, while inviting the user to learn more about science. We also have a prototype reading board that allows the cards in the reading to light up.

APIs, data and tools used:

Screenshots, photos and videos: Presentation with pictures is here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ucbiqp9ZxSjolxZljiHj3400QvSG14SUwsvoU2UKzwo/edit?usp=sharing

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My Tweeting Safe

Creators: Nolwenn Bonneau (assisted by Gilles de Bordeaux)

We created SIT: “Safe with Iot Tweets”
It is a safe hidden inside a book and it sends an SMS alert (and email) when the safe is opened. That way, I will know if and when someone found my secret safe.

The Hack:
o We found a big boring book
o We created the secret safe and made space for the electronic components
o We attached the switches, integrated the hardware and tested

The Hardware:
o 1 x Particle Photon
o 1 x rechargeable battery
o 2 x pushbuttons

The Software:
o Detect the switches states (open/close)
o Connect to Wi-Fi
o When switch open, trigger IFTTT that sends SMS and email

Possible enhancements:
o Sound buzzer when open
o Add a camera to take pictures when the safe is open and email them
o Monitor temperature and air quality in the room. Update an online graph, and send an SMS when gas is detected or temperature out of limits.

Some fun facts:
o This hack was really needed, as young girls have lots of secrets to hide
o Despite using sharp tools repetitively during the weekend, Nolwenn did not cut any of her fingers (and any of her grandfather’s either)

APIs, data and tools used: Particle Photon,
Micro switches,
Arduino code,
SMS & email

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Spinning O2

Creators: Shannon Fiume

Attempted to construct a software simulation of molecular dynamics of an experiment that uses lasers and magnetic fields to separate Oxygen from other molecules. The experiment I was trying to replicate in software is at https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.243201

APIs, data and tools used: python, pyQuil

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://sciencehackday.slack.com/files/U7B9BPQ4S/F7JETFCSY/optical-assisted-mag-centri.png, and https://sciencehackday.slack.com/files/U7B9BPQ4S/F7J2FRNJD/spinningo2.png and the evolving snapshot:

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Liquid Crystal Sunglasses

Creators: Zach Moore, Jace Vincent

Wicked sunglasses that you can manually switch from an indoor setting to an outdoor setting.

APIs, data and tools used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_jWHffIx5E

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u6vs3w7p6b8o0v8/AAB1H-eK_WFgzvL-ZTwY9mHza?dl=0

Hack URL:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ


Creators: dreamescalator, jnny, juul, max-b, maxogden, mitar, patcon, peteforsyth, rgruesbeck, sedmonds, sierkje, wwwhtml, Nic, jemucino

Simulation of low power, long distance communications network

APIs, data and tools used: Python, Plotly, NetworkX

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://jemucino.github.io/disaster-radio-netsim/

Hack URL:https://github.com/jemucino/disaster-radio-netsim


Creators: B Cavello
Jordan Hart
Erik Danford
Sanford Barr

There are a plethora of “learn to code” tools, but they do not serve the code literacy needs of everyone. We decided to take an approach of teaching code as reading comprehension. Rather than teaching the nuts and bolts, our approach starts with contextual understanding of code by following its flow. This way, learners are able to read and engage with code without first needing to learn its complex grammatical rules.

APIs, data and tools used: We used Javascript and Google Forms for our prototype.

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Hack URL:http://bit.ly/code-lit


Creators: Jeremy Herrman
Matt Green
Tal Shiri
Marion Le Borgne
Duffy Tilleman

FlipBot is a pinball playing robot. Using small motors to push the flipper buttons and a webcam to see the playfield, FlipBot tries its best to keep the ball from draining and get a high score!

APIs, data and tools used: Arduino, OpenCV, python, servos, webcam, machine learning

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/a/jherrman.com/presentation/d/1zPh905HUFeY9Y2YPBUtqwhePcbuCj-gL7nWeJh7Xkkk/edit?usp=sharing

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Bat Sounds

Creators: Natalie Downe

Bats are awesome! They use Ultra sonic pulses like sonar to assist their sight to see in the dark when they are hunting. The EchoMeter Touch Bat detector is a really cool way of seeing the sounds they produce.

Currently its tricky to get the recordings of the bat noises off the phone and onto the internet. This hack processes the meta information about the bat noises (the KML file) and uploads the bat sounds to the internet archive.

APIs, data and tools used: Echo Meter Touch Pro Bat detector
Internet Archive upload api

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Creators: Youna Yang
Alex Alex_____
Ted Wahrburg
Patrick Lloyd

The goal was to create an interactive and collaborative musical experience using various instruments. Various instruments and sensors would be played by various users and together the signals would be merged to create a silly, fun, song.

APIs, data and tools used: MIDI keyboard
Wii Nunchuck
Google Speech to Text API
Windows and Linux text to speech accessibility tools

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_hhFumnvpHWM1BNMW5NZlhKeG8

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