Internet of Things "Hack and Tell" Review.
Last week I went to an "Internet of Things Hack and Tell" at the Makerhaus in Fremont. The event was quite well attended; by my count there were over 80 people there. The hackathon was cleaned right out of sponsored pizza; I was glad I'd already had pre-meetup sushi. There is clearly enough interest here in Seattle to support a Nodebots group.
It was interesting to see all of the projects shown at the event. Here's a rundown of what was demoed:
- A sensor which measured the optimal exposure for solar panels, and a motor to move the panels there.
- Hack-E-Bot: A low price and open-source robot kit for education, by Richard Albritton. Also see https://github.com/Hack-E-Bot.
- An array of webcams in a photoboth which took "bullet-time" style snapshots and arranged them in a .gif.
- Stanley: the Interactive Player Piano: Tweet to @stanleypiano, and Stanley will play your song from his midi library.
- A tall LED display which changes color or pulse timing based your downloaded mobile app. Done with Node!
- Fwooshball: Players from two teams buttons on their phones which control fans to move a ball around a playing board. It turns out that the Galileo has capabilities to broadcast an open wifi network using ConnectAnyThing.
- A Neurosky Mindwave was used to control the hue of a connected light.
- The World's Smartest House: A house full of connected sensors and switches has reduced it's power consumption by 40%. Unfortunately, its kids don't turn off the lights; they've learned that the house does it for them. Also of note: the Moteino, a Uno clone a long-range radio chip option.
For the record, many projects were only talked about. Some were too large to mobilize, some were missing parts ("the motor arrives tomorrow"), and some presentations were just a slideshow.
My apologies to those folks whose name / URL I did not get. A couple of folks were given Intel's Arduino-compatible board - the Galileo - at the conclusion of the event. Very jealous!