AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Redwood City
We just closed out a blockbuster event in the bay area with over 150+ developers turning out to hack 21 projects with us! The challenge this time around was figuring out how to create multiuser interactive applications that involved mobile phones and the all-in-one PC.
As mobile phones acquire more processing power and gain more “intelligence” through a plethora of sensors, the way that users interact with mobile phones and desktops are bound to change. Sensors, in complementary devices such as a Plantronics headset, could potentially report free-fall or ear temperature to an app that would update a parent as to the health status of their children at school. This added intelligence could greatly augment a user’s knowledge about their surroundings or give parents more information about their children.
So without further delay, here is a quick run down of the winning teams:
- 1st Place Overall – Universal Voice Remote
- 2nd Place Overall – Dining Board
- 3rd Place Overall – FamTaskTic
- Plantronics Winner – MailTalkie
- Unity 3D Winner – GoodBirdBadBird
- AT&T API Winner – Universal Voice Remote
Pictures from the hackathon can be found here and here is a list of all the projects that were attempted over the course of the weekend:
Create a Place – Applications like Tap 2 talk help autistic children express themselves using pictures that “talk” when touched, but individuals can’t personalize the pictures for their unique context. This app allows context-based personalization of pictures and places, that takes into account the individual’s location, day and time. Fewer, more relevant choices makes it easier for the individual to express themselves.
Pop Quiz – Teachers use AIO PC to organize pop quizzes and take attendance. Students use mobile devices to participate pop quizzes.This makes real-time analytics on student performance and daily score report for parent possible.
In Out Time Clock – It helps a business owner calculate the salaries of their employies.
Duel of the Minds – Duel of the Minds is a team-based, collaborative and competitive educational game focused on delivering targeted K-12 curriculum according to the newly developed and nationwide adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS), while teaching 21st Century skills. Within the common framework of competitive card games, students learn Common Core standards-based information and facts in a fun, and engaging environment.
Mobile Game Console – We created a sample game application which can be import and export, and can be customized using simple XML format. Using my sample game people will download and create their new games similar to ours and put new characters with images, video etc.
“Weathere” are you? weather/geo quiz – Weather Bug API provides a great representation of various elements of weather related information. We choose the temperature range map mixed with geographic location to test the familiarity of the cities in the 48-states. This also provides a over all comprehension of what the current temperature is for the lower 48-states.
HideNSeek – Hide N Seek is a multiplayer game using Augmented Reality technologies. One player hide all the player across seekers boundary (Geo fence), and seeker walk through the streets/parks/anywhere, and locate all of them. Player with AIO can move the other player during the play, and make the game more challenging.
GoodBirdBadBird – Multiplayer integration for motion tracking for Education
Billable Hours – The goal of this application is to facilitate billing hours for people spending a lot of their work time on the phone. The application logs the: – Start time when the user puts his Plantronics device on his ear – End time when the user removes the Plantronics device from his ear – Total time spent using start and end time – Any comment or remarks that the user wants to add- The billing becomes effortless, painless and more accurate
LazerQuest – This is multi-player game, with a teddy bear fighting against many enemy ants by shooting cupcakes. We can incorporate other mobile devices to play with other players. Both sides can shoot and the teddy-bear can turn and run.
The teddy bear loses all points when being hit by lazer bullets and gains points when it shoots the ants with cupcakes. The teddy bear dies when the ants catch up to it.
Chores – Our application allows parents to assign chores to family members through voice control. Family members can then see and mark off completed tasks from touch gestures on the tablet.
EasyAid – A simple monitoring device for sick individuals, especially those with vulnerable immune systems.
Catch! – Commercial fishermen get more money, we get much better fish. HTML5 app for iPhone, iPad, or All-in-One PC that uses swiping to move between screens. Fishermen take a picture of their best catch while still at sea and email it to our robot. Buyers get notified with prices that start high and reduce linearly with boat location, reaching wholesale price just as the boat enters the harbor. Anything that sells is kept alive or vacuum bagged/frozen and picked up directly at the harbor by buyers or their runners, everything else goes to the wholesaler. Today everything goes to the wholesaler because there really is no practical way to sell fish early. Selling off the dock doesn’t work.
FamTaskTic – FamTaskTic is a fun family interactive application using rewards to reinforce a child’s positive behavior. Members of the family can create tasks for one another that reward points upon completion of that task. These points can later be redeemed for Rewards.
GesiLo – A minority report like game for future. Envision a computing platform, where computing is easy and fun.
Panic – It is a gaming app that tests users on their ability to adapt.
Getting app users engaged and interested.”
Universal Voice Remote – Use your voice via a bluetooth headset to control any device. For example watch TV on you iPad, iPhone or your TV and control the channel, volume, and interactive functionality all by using your voice.
Thingy – The concept of our app was to connect external devices having proprietary standards through a web interface, enabling users with greater experience possibilities.
Party JukeBox – Turning All-in-one PC to a music jukebox. Can be used in restaurant, bar, or party at home
dining board – Dining Board allows you and your family member to measure and record food intake intuitively. Over time, dining board will make your dining table “smart”, by remembering your family’s favorite meals to the best moments around the dining table.
Plantronics Me! – Sometimes we want to be notified for certain key event(s), for example, weekly engineering progress results are ready so that you can review and incorporate into your report to your boss. Plantronics Me! provides the event monitoring for you, and when these key event(s) occur, you get a notification to your Plantronics headset.
MailTalkie – MailTakie is Walkie-Talkie on email. It lets you check and answer email on the go. e.g: while driving.