NUS Hack ‘n’ Roll Hackathon 2015

Recently,  my team (Aaron and I) participated in this 24hour Hack ‘n’ Roll Hackathon, which is held in NUS. The criteria of this hackathon is to build something new: even awesome & useless projects are welcomed!

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Initial plan

For this hackathon, our initial plan was to design an android application that will track the users eye while the person is driving & to warn the driver if the android application detects that the driver is falling asleep. It will warn the user by sending a signal to an Arduino device (attached on the Steering wheel), in which the Arduino will vibrate & make a beeping sound. The following picture shows a summary of this idea:

eyetrack_briefAlthough we have this idea, we encountered too much difficulties in the process of realising this project idea, and had to abandon this in the end. (Maybe I can try to work on this idea when I have time…) However, we learnt many things from the difficulties encountered, which brought us to work on another idea.

 

 DeFocus – DeFocus and get to task.

And this is the final idea we used for our project. The main idea behind this project is to minimse unnecessary distraction of a smartphone by displaying contents deem important onto the Arduino display, which will be located in every part of the house. This means that the user can place their phones away & focus in doing their task (e.g. cooking), and the display (placed in the kitchen) will only show, ring & notify important events or information to the person without the person touching the smartphone. The information will be transmitted via bluetooth.

Anyway, more details can be found here: http://challengepost.com/software/defocus

Although we did not win, we enjoyed and gained a plethora of experience from this hackathon. Below shows some images of our prototype. Credits go to Aaron for helping me shoot these images of the prototype. Thanks!

 

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