AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Redwood City Wearables – Event Recap
Another day, another hack? Far from it. Over 150 techies flocked to the first 2014 Wearables Hackathon at NestGSV Redwood City. With brains and skills, developers young and old turned the much talked about 2014 hot trend into actual products. Plantronics headsets, NeuroSky biosensors, Pebble watches and AT&T M2X data storage services were all torn apart and put together with the two essentials in creation – code and duct tape.
A big thank you to our sponsors Plantronics, Pebble, & Lob.com for providing product and developer support at the event. Also, a big thanks goes out to NestGSV for hosting these ever expanding events. Make sure to check out the pictures on Facebook, the Instagrams from the event, and the social feed from the event to see what happened.
Here are the winners from the hackathon:
Best Wearable: NoBrainer — think Tinder meets brainwave analysis. Trust your evolutionary instincts and let your brain decide who to like or not. The app captures your reactions to peoples photos/profiles. Once your brain has made the decision for you, it’s time to check people out. Before that, just sit back and let the neurons fire.
Best M2X Integration: Elder Monitor is an app that monitors the heart rate of elderly patients, automatically triggering alerts to caregivers for immediate attention for their patients. Team picture can be found here: http://instagram.com/p/kLeJYYDqkL/
Best Plantronics Integration: Monitor Me provides 24/7 monitoring for a person, sending automatic alerts to emergency contacts and notifying them of the user’s physical activity.
Best NeuroSky Integration: Mindfulness PRO tracks a user’s mind state during normal daily activities. The app provides you with feedback on your Pebble watch so you can become more aware and present of your optimal mindful state.
For those of you curious about all of the hackathon teams that presented, here is a complete list of apps:
ThinkNotes – An app that allow you to make music with your mind.
BurstBalloon – A game app where balloons and pointy things fall down from sky. Player has to burst balloons and avoid getting busted by pointy objects.
PartyPoster – Partygoers can SMS and upload messages and pictures to PartyPoster. At the end of the event, the organizer can order a collage poster through Lob. This is a great way to collaborate together to make a memorable piece of art representing the event from the perspective of the partygoers.
NoBrainer – NoBrainer — think Tinder meets brainwave analysis. Trust your evolutionary instincts and let your brain decide who to like or not. Once your brain has made the decision for you, it’s time to check people out. Before that, just sit back and let the neurons fire.
GeMO – GeMO is a friendly bot that can understand touch and has an android interface to move around and communicate.
Mole Scanner – Mole Scanner helps detect if a mole is cancerous! Point it at any mole and it will find the area, draw a line around it, and measure how equal this perimeter is across the four quadrants. A mole that isn’t very round has a higher chance of being cancerous, so you may want to have a doctor check it out. This could also be used by home health aides and nurses to quickly scan patients who they are taking care of each day.
FamilyNotify – FamilyNotify is a mobile app that communicates with all your devices, Pebble watch and social networks to update your family members on changes with plans. The use case school child being picked by Mom to go to grandma’s house instead of taking the normal bus ride home. With FamilyNotify, mom can send message to the child’s Pebble watch, spouse’s Twitter account and Grandma’s Facebook account
Educrest – The first project is for high school speech debate team to search, compose edit, and present on given topic.
Elder Monitor – This app monitors heart rate for elderly patients. App will trigger caregiver for immediate attention of patients when they are in need. Also helps 911 to deploy the front-end emergency crew members.
Ro-Buddy – No More Monsters! The Ro-Buddy will check under the bed for you. All you have to do is wear the Plantronics headset to command the robot to check for monsters with a head gesture (i.e. nod or shake your head) or you can speak the command (“Check for Robots!”) to send Ro-Buddy to your dark room. Ro-Buddy will flash its lights to scare the monsters or simply return back a reply “no monsters” via the iOS app.
Facebook Auto-Like – Our aim was to take the Internet content consumption to the next level. With inventions like NeuroSky monitoring EEG signals, it became easy. We thought we will build a product at the intersection of the Brain Machine Interface and Internet content consumption. It’s an Android app that connects with NeuroSky sensors via Bluetooth. If you want to browse Facebook, pick up your tablet, sit back, relax and enjoy :). We read your EEG signals, while you scroll through the information based on what interests you. We like a page for you, if we detect you really like it. We even send the picture you liked the most for printing via LOB. We are all set to take the Internet content consumption to a whole lot different level.
PayGlass – PayGlass is a novel way of payment with Glass that can be done with voice command and one tap. You can make payment simply, intuitively and instantly, when you send a check for a rent or pay a friend for lunch. Pay Glass works with Lob API to generate checks and Stripe API for online payments. You don’t need to waste your time for opening laptops or mobile apps for payment anymore.
ATT_M2X_Neurosky – Collect brainwave signals to AT&T M2X platform, big data and collective wisdom of human beings.
MonitorMe – Monitor Me helps you monitor any person who may be in need of personal assistance on a 24/7 basis. The app sends automatic alerts to the emergency contact and notifies them of the physical activity of the user.
PumpUp – Our app detects the user’s heart rate throughout their workout using the Wahoo Blue HR. The purpose is to play music in order to influence the way the user works out, playing fast music when the user’s heart rate is lower and playing moderate/slow music when the user’s heart rate is at a good pace or is lower. That way, the music also influences how much the user is pushing himself or herself in the workout.
Palpitates – Most heart rate applications are targeted at collecting data during a workout. But there are many instances where heart rate data needs to be collected during a person’s day. Enter Palpitates, the app to connect a heart rate monitor, with a Pebble watch and provide heart rate data back through the day. Getting heated at a meeting, your Pebble will vibrate to tell you and show your current heart rate, and what your target should be. The data is connected to the AT&T APIs to provide health data back to your doctor in real time. Stay connected and in the know about your health.
nowStand! – nowStand! is an app about song lyrics, movement and direction. Using the fun of music and coordinating movement to get people involved in the Coreo service. An application and service that helps people with motion disorders to improve their communication and movement.
1Token for Pebble – 1Token is a two factor authentication on your watch.
NeuroSki – Work out your brain with a fun little game. Competitive concentration.
MindfulnessPRO – People perform their best when they are in a mindful state (in the flow). Mindfulness PRO allows you to track of your mind state during your normal daily activities. The iOS app combines the attention and meditation readings of a Mindwave headset (users can customize the relative weight) to create a Mindfulness metric which is uploaded to the M2X cloud. A separate Pebble app retrieves the data from M2X and displays it on the watch. To encourage achieving the flow state the watch only shows the time when you are in a mindful state! Triggers have been configured in M2X to capture these moments of flow. The iOS app also provides audio (music) feedback so that when you are not in the flow you hear relaxing music playing with increasing volume but is silent when you are focused. Finally you can take a snapshot of you mental state and sent it to Lob for printing. While at your work, you can now see that your kids are really focusing on doing their homework and are not being distracted with social media by just checking your Pebble watch.
BuenaMia! – BuenaMia uses Fitbit personal profile and fitness data (activities and calories) to help user select appropriate recipes.
TinkleTeller – The ability to quickly determine whether or not a baby has soiled their diaper is a necessity for new parents, babysitters, day care employees, and anybody dealing with a baby in diapers. In the past this has required uncomfortable methods of checking, but with the TinkleTeller you are now notified through your phone.
SmartSentry – This app focuses on technology enhancing our safety and bringing convenience and security to our lives. It provides an easy and cost effective way to detect if people or valuables are moved away from their expected location. It responds by performing activities such as sending alerts, notifications, and other desired actions. For example, if a child leaves the house, an alert is sent to the parents. If heater is left on in the room, it is turned off.