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Science Hack Day San Francisco > 2014 Demoed Hacks


Hacks created at Science Hack Day 2014

A video of all the hacks that were demoed is at http://youtu.be/OjB0QIuvE24


  1. Habitasteroids
  2. Jelly Paint
  3. Roll-your-own Arduino
  4. DIY DNA Sequencing
  5. Physical Programming (Best Art & Science)
  6. GalaxyCraft (Citizen Science Award)
  7. Local LHC
  8. Surg VR (Education Award)
  9. Saving Whales (Whale's Choice Award)
  10. Personal Security Drone
  11. Prospekt
  12. The Blindinator (Don't Try This At Home Award)
  13. Field Guide to the World (Design Award)
  14. SeaCryptidMap
  15. Build your own turn-key cloud chamber! (Best Physics Experiment)
  16. Science Calls (Best Science Matchmaking Service)
  17. 3D Print the Universe
  18. Disaster Mapping
  19. Earthquake visualization/sonficiation
  20. Wear the Universe
  21. Processed: Visualize Science
  22. The art and music of evolution (Best Use of Data)
  23. Z Infection Guide
  24. ScienceSays
  25. Saganized Search
  26. Open Source Disease Outbreak (Hypochondriac Award)
  27. The Synesthesia Network extended data and audio
  28. Happy 3d printer
  29. Interactive October Evening Sky Chart (Best In Show)
  30. Hacking Science Education: Meet the Next Generation Science Standards
  31. exoplanet ballpit
  32. Dinosaurs and Robots! (People's Choice Award)
  33. Arduino current source
  34. Hearts and Minds (Interactive Award)
  35. Low-Cost Groundwater Detection (Hardware Award)
  36. Mario for the Blind (Accessibility Award)



Creators: Jeremy Keith, Keri Bean


In his book 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson describes the process of building an asteroid terrarium: hollowing out an asteroid to house a colony

If you wanted to start a colony with your friends on Twitter, which asteroid would you need?

Enter your Twitter username, and Habitasteroids will tell you which asteroid you commandeer, and if any adjustments need to be need to its rotation to achieve Earth-like gravity inside.

APIs, data and tools used: JPL Small-Body Database Search Engine:

Undocumented Twitter API endpoints. It's secret: don't tell anyone. ;-)

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://adactio.com/images/uploaded/7595/original.png

Source code and links: Data source:

Hack URL: http://habitasteroids.adactio.com/

Jelly Paint

Creators: Matt Bellis, Rebecca Helm, Nathan Bergey


We wanted to use jellyfish to ``paint" the water in which they swim. We started with this video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_oMQZuznyc, and modded it with Python and OpenCV.

APIs, data and tools used: Python, OpenCV, youtube-dl

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9hqeHlBsQQ&feature=youtu.be

Source code and links: https://github.com/mattbellis/Science_Hack_Day_SF14/tree/master/jellyfish

Hack URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9hqeHlBsQQ&feature=youtu.be

Roll-your-own Arduino

Creators: David Harris and co-conspirators


A regular Arduino costs $25-30. We figured out how to build a functioning Arduino for less than $8.

APIs, data and tools used: Electronics

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links:

Hack URL:

DIY DNA Sequencing

Creators: Nelson Cheung Petr Lotov Cristina Deptula Tito Jankowski Tim Looney Michael McCanna(Acrefoot) Cheryl O'Rourke Christopher Ragsdale Janelle Ruiz Josiah Zayner


The goal was to develop both a visual and physical system and protocol for Sanger DNA sequencing so people can perform it at home inexpensively. The visual system should consists of a way to image and read fluorescent primers or small molecule(Gel Green, &c.) stained transcripts. The physical system should consist of a an electrophoretic or similar technique to separate the DNA to be read.

APIs, data and tools used: All of them

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QYvjKNVhN3Z9wPhJrzaRnIJO57zbI6Ho3uzK0U_8IfI/edit?usp=sharing

Source code and links:

Hack URL:

Physical Programming

Creators: David Harris w/ ideas from Phil, Keara, Mike


An overlap between algorithm implementation, science discovery, and performance art using moving groups of people as calculational tools.

Four performances proposed:
- Calculating pi
- Calculating wave interference
- Modeling magnetism
- Laser coherence

APIs, data and tools used: Brainpower!

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links:

Hack URL:


Creators: Otavio Good, Phil Marshall, Carl Gorringe


Well-resolved images of galaxies from big telescopes contain a lot of "morphological" information that is currently not being extracted and used. This is because fitting very flexible, yet physically meangful models to high resolution images of complex galaxies is hard! We'd like to advance astronomy by enabling a lot of new galaxy astrophysics parameters - such as the spiral arm winding tightness, star formation clumpiness, dust texture, and so on - to be inferred from our beautiful data.

GalaxyCraft is a web-based modeling tool that will enable anyone to choose a galaxy from the zoo, and make an artist's impression of it using a standard toolkit of simply parametrized but very realistic components: bulges, disks, spiral rms, dust, and so on. When the lovingly crafted model looks right, then the parameters of that model will constitute a measurement of the new parameters. Collecting many such measurements from a small crowd of galaxy craftspeople should improve the accuracy and enable uncertainties to be estimated.

APIs, data and tools used: Ray tracing developed at shadertoy.com
Javascript developed at jsfiddle.net
Web hosting and code repository at github

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/drphilmarshall/GalaxyCraft/raw/master/images/galaxycraft_screengrab.jpg

Source code and links: https://github.com/drphilmarshall/GalaxyCraft

Hack URL: http://drphilmarshall.github.io/GalaxyCraft/

Local LHC

Creators: Nathan Bergey, Matt Bellis


We wanted to give the user a chance to appreciate the size of the Large Hadron Collider (as well as past and future colliders) by overlaying it over their own neighborhood!

APIs, data and tools used: Leaflet, OpenStreetMap

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-9Nm3MDGAD38/VDGUBIFThvI/AAAAAAAAepg/Ala456h5IaE/w853-h535-no/lhc_hack.png

Source code and links: https://github.com/natronics/science-hack-day-2014/tree/gh-pages/lhc-map

Hack URL: http://natronics.github.io/science-hack-day-2014/lhc-map/

Surg VR

Creators: Laura Mazer, Dominik Fretz, Scott Mobley


This is an interactive, web-based training game for medical students and surgeons in training. We combine video of real operations, with expert narration and commentary. Then we made the experience interactive, forcing learners to respond to questions that, if answered correctly, allow them to advance further in the operation. If answered incorrectly, the learner gets sent "back to school" for a lesson. Only after passing the lessons can they return to the operating room to try and finish the case.

APIs, data and tools used: HTML 5, Javascript, github pages

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links:

Hack URL: http://codewithpassion.github.io/virtual-surgery/index.html

Saving Whales

Creators: Mark Forgette, Kira Hammond


We designed a better crab trap to stop whale entanglements. Why? Crab and lobster traps are the top culprits in whale entanglements. Even a single whale is critical to the survival of some endangered species. We took two approaches to the problem:

1) Make the line more visible to whales

2) Make a ‘wireless’ version of the trap that self floats to the surface. Eliminating the need for any lines.

APIs, data and tools used: WET (branch of NOAA) data on whale entanglements, http://www.marinelifestudies.org/index.php/whale-entanglement-team-wet.html

Dominic Frett's acoustic modem underwater from the open rover ROV team.

Screenshots, photos and videos:


Source code and links: www.noaa.org

Special thanks to Kathi Koontz and Pieter Arend Folkens part of the volunteer whale entanglement group working with NOAA. Pieter spoke with us in-person and gave us some great ideas for solutions.




Hack URL: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14gDWAUtxSWVmyxvGmWV0FQbJ4eG-nXaDvnFT4cduxB8/edit?usp=sharing

Personal Security Drone

Creators: Jeffrey Axup Eddie Codel Kaitlyn Hoba


Artemis is a personal security system that utilizes smart jewelry. If a user triggers the necklace, a request is sent over bluetooth and the Internet to a security service which calls for police, fire or medical assistance. We often get requests for emergency help that is faster that typical police response times. Enter the *Personal Security Drone*. In this hack we have re-routed the request call and the user's GPS coordinates to automatically initiate the launch of a quadcopter to the user's current location where it begins filming what is occurring. The Personal Security Drone offers a user-controlled, non-violent, preventative security system for urban residents. More on the upcoming Artemis Indiegogo campaign at artemisfashion.com.

APIs, data and tools used: 3d robotics pixhawk px4
web server
Bluetooth 4.1

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLN7zVRLr8

Source code and links: artemisfashion.com

Hack URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBLN7zVRLr8


Creators: Kevyn Arnott, Megan Johnson, Fernando San Martin, Amanda Legge


A Wordpress widget and plugin that allows users to gather audience phone numbers, then easily send out messages to that audience via SMS.

APIs, data and tools used: WordPress, PHP, Python, Sketch, and Photoshop

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links:

Hack URL: pro.spekt.co

The Blindinator

Creators: Ivan Cooper, Meena Shah


Combines computer vision, servos and a laser in a way that NO ONE SHOULD EVER DO.

A program running on the laptop uses the webcam to track the position of the user, and controls servos attached to the USB port to aim a laser at the user's eye.

APIs, data and tools used: SimpleCV computer vision system (Python 2.7)
Digispark USB microcontroller and Arduino libraries
Micro-servos and laser from Adafruit

Screenshots, photos and videos: PHOTOS

Source code and links: Source code and design notes available at

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

Field Guide to the World

Creators: Doug Peltz, Jared Seehafer, David Crawford


Field guides were invented about 100 years ago as a tool for helping connect people to the world around them. They are a means of answering the question, "What is that?" Field guides should be engrossing and enjoyable--they should feel like a modern web app, where it's simple and fun to use. And yet, no one has nailed this.

We've reimagined the design and user interface of a field guide, making it easier and more enjoyable than ever to figure out what you're looking at. We're also casting the net wider than just organisms, helping laypeople to identify elements of infrastructure and the landscape around them. Finally, we are thinking about how to keep someone coming back to a field guide by rewarding the user with a highly curated fun fact, and gamifying the experience so that they can make it social while on a hike or long drive.

APIs, data and tools used: Node.js, Isotope, Mongoose, Bootstrap. Images from Flickr, iNaturalist. Some content from Cornell's All About Birds.

Screenshots, photos and videos: http://imgur.com/SOezeTZ

Source code and links: https://github.com/davidcrawford/pocketdoug

Hack URL: http://pocketdoug.com


Creators: Meena Shah, Mel Goetz


A map of sea monsters and ship wrecks using data from wikipedia and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

APIs, data and tools used: Mapbox and TileMill, Wikipedia for monster data, NOAA site for ship wreck data, Inkscape to make svg files

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/meenashah/sets/72157648421789035/

Source code and links: The mapbox code, data files and svg files are in github: https://github.com/mshah/SeaCryptids

Hack URL: https://a.tiles.mapbox.com/v4/mshah.jmedb2c0/page.html?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoibXNoYWgiLCJhIjoiNzh2c096byJ9.3zf_5_UkKTMEz5ibd4z-fg#3/0.00/0.00

Build your own turn-key cloud chamber!

Creators: Jess Muenkel, Kelly Nealon, Matt Bellis, Debbie Bard, Michelle from Stanford


Last year, with the help of some excellent SHD attendees, we worked the kinks out of how to build a turn-key cloud chamber, that allows the user to ``see" radioactive decay products and cosmic rays. Over the last year, we improved upon the design and at this year's SHD, we wanted to show others how to build their own!

APIs, data and tools used: Peltiers, computer power supplies, computer cooling fans, petri dishes, LEDs, Americium-241 isotopes from smoke detectors.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BzIyZ1-CAAEirHA.jpg:large

Source code and links: https://github.com/mattbellis/Science_Hack_Day_SF14/tree/master/turn_key_cloud_chamber

Hack URL:

Science Calls

Creators: Stuart Lynn


People rarely get to interact directly with scientists which is clearly the best way to make people feel more comfortable with science. Also many people dont have good consistent internet access.

Science calls is a project that allows users to propose questions to scientists. They simply enter their name, phone number and question. Then a scientist looks at the pending requests on a web page and can directly call the person asking the question from the browser. This keeps the persons phone number and the phone number of the scientist private but allows a meaningful conversation to happen in a common format.

Participants can also sign up for a random daily phone call where a recording of a famous scientist or random science fact will be played down the phone at them... you know just because.

APIs, data and tools used: Twilio

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links: Source is full of production keys so isnt open just yet but watch this space for open code once its been sanitized:


Hack URL: http://sciencecalls.herokuapp.com/

3D Print the Universe

Creators: Devon Powell, Tony Li (special thanks to Matt Bennett and Matt Hova for volunteering their 3D printing equipment and expertise, as well as Matt Bellis and Phil Marshall for inspiration)


We created (the world's first?) 3D-printed models of cosmic structure in the universe, using state-of-the-art computational tools and 3D printing technology:

- A 3D model of dark matter "filaments" flowing into a large dark matter "halo." In the real universe, there would be a huge cluster of galaxies in and around this structure.

- A relief map of cosmic structure in the universe. The square sides represent lengths of ~100 million light years. The "peaks" in the map show where dark matter is densest, found in clumps and filaments that have taken billions of years to form.

As the Universe expanded and cooled after the Big Bang, small variations in density began to grow due to gravitational clumping of dark matter. This seemingly mundane process created a variety of complex structures: In the same way that a river cuts its own course through a landscape, dark matter flows "downhill" through the cosmic gravitational "landscape" to create filaments ("rivers") that feed matter into dense haloes ("lakes").

APIs, data and tools used: Python (IPython notebook), yt, dark matter simulation data, Blender, 3D printer

Screenshots, photos and videos: http://goo.gl/UmYC5u

Source code and links: https://github.com/devonmpowell/3d_print_the_universe

Hack URL: https://github.com/devonmpowell/3d_print_the_universe

Disaster Mapping

Creators: Debbie Bard, Mika McKinnon, Amit Kapadia


Information about disaster risk (fire, landslides, earthquakes, tsunami etc) can be hard to find and tend to be buried in disparate websites. This hack brings together disaster risk information into one handy map, so you can make informed decisions about risks where you live.
Plus, what will we need when disaster strikes? We've also included the locations of important services so you can see what would survive a disaster near you, like hospitals, cellphone masts and bars.

APIs, data and tools used: API from leaflet, yelp; data from USGIS, DataSF, FEMA, Yelp.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/djbard/DisasterMap/blob/master/screenshots/DisasterMap-SF.png

Source code and links: https://github.com/djbard/DisasterMap

Hack URL: https://github.com/djbard/DisasterMap

Earthquake visualization/sonficiation

Creators: Matt Bellis, Dave Johnson


Many representations of earthquakes over a period of time are static maps. I wanted to make something more dynamic to give a sense of when the earthquakes occurred and how strong they were using video and audio cues.

APIs, data and tools used: Processing. The data from here http://flowingdata.com/2014/04/15/mapping-a-century-of-earthquakes/, which came from the USGS.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPQzwQn0qsE

Source code and links: https://github.com/mattbellis/Science_Hack_Day_SF14/tree/master/sonifying_earthquakes

Hack URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPQzwQn0qsE&feature=youtu.be

Wear the Universe

Creators: Julia Ma, Eyal Shahar


Embroidered the cosmic microwave background (CMB) image onto a t-shirt. We split the CMB image into 4 layers of separate colors and used an embroidery machine to stitch the image onto a shirt.

APIs, data and tools used: Cosmic microwave background radiation image, GIMP, PE Design software, Brother SE-400 sewing machine

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Gptj_yW7VMISQfHRvUXPGDoVpVBcG0YJPDkgxU8AUf8/edit?pli=1#slide=id.p

Source code and links: Image:

Hack URL:

Processed: Visualize Science

Creators: Angela Gu, Anderson Yang, Kelly Griggs, Ryan Anderson, Chris Swanson, Jen Blank, Elizabeth Seiver, David Allen


We built an online tool where scientists can clean up a dataset and then use it generate graphs and reports. Processed first walk users through a series of steps to clean their data and encourage best practices for maintaining useful metadata. They can then generate graphs and reports with design defaults that are beautiful and easy to understand. Because scientists struggle w/data management & designing visualizations beyond Microsoft Excel defaults, we want this tool to help researchers generate clearer, more consistent figures in science articles, maintain good datasets for easy reuse, and add legitimacy to sharing and publishing data by wrapping them with a polished report.

APIs, data and tools used: d3.js, Raw, R & knitr, Fisher's Iris data set

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/angelagu/processed/blob/master/docs/visualscience_screenshot1_input.png,

Source code and links: https://github.com/angelagu/processed

Hack URL: https://github.com/angelagu/processed

The art and music of evolution

Creators: Jacques Deguine, Steven Trimmer, Suzannah Fraker, Rebecca Helm


We wanted to make understanding the similarities and differences between species more accessible, by coding it to audio and video.

APIs, data and tools used: We used protein sequence data from NCBI or Uniprot. We aligned these with Mafft (http://mafft.cbrc.jp/) or Uniprot. Python was used to transform the data into the proper format. Max was used to sonify the data. Python and Processing were used to visualize the data.

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://twitter.com/RebeccaRHelm/status/518849337804070913

Source code and links: https://github.com/rrhelm/Sequence-Data

Hack URL:

Z Infection Guide

Creators: Ashley Chou, Crystal Shei, Brandon Millman (Technology advisor), Jeffrey Hsu (Outbreak spread consultant)


Z Infection Guide is an all-in-one tool for the Zombie Apocalypse. An android app that you can carry with you on the run, it allows you to report zombie sightings, check outbreak severity in your neighborhood, and gives you a self-diagnosis tool to determine your probability of infection.

APIs, data and tools used: Android SDK, Parse (backend), Photoshop/Illustrator

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BwMlq3z1j6pwX3JneS1ZVmN5TUE&usp=sharing

Source code and links: https://github.com/ashash3/zombies

Hack URL:


Creators: Mike Baumer, Keara Connor, Phil Marshall


This hack was meant to brainstorm ideas and provide development tools for experiential science demos, to help make complex science topics understandable to kindergarteners!

Many complex phenomena in science emerge from simple, quasi-local rules (often simpler than most children's games!). Examples include:

-Crystal formation
-Predators and Prey
-Cosmology (?)
-Fish, birds, etc. forming groups

We built an agent-based python framework for simulating and tuning the rules of such games, which is general enough (though perhaps not user-friendly enough...) to allow for quick prototyping of new science games.

APIs, data and tools used: Tools: Ipython notebook
Data: field notes on kindergarteners' behavior

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links: https://github.com/mbaumer/ScienceSays

Hack URL: http://nbviewer.ipython.org/github/drphilmarshall/ScienceSays/blob/master/cosmos.ipynb

Saganized Search

Creators: Julia Ma, Eyal Shahar


Google search in the spirit of Carl Sagan.
Your search term is matched with a quote from the transcript of "Cosmos". We also add a random scientific term to your query, giving you billions and billions of results.

APIs, data and tools used: python w/ flask & nltk
transcripts from: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/episode_scripts.php?tv-show=cosmos-carl-sagan

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1GFgc8nki-MZJhEFvFzKxfUElxgcqBQjqDfjvtMKnQ7Y/edit#slide=id.p

Source code and links: https://github.com/joulesm/Saganize

Hack URL: http://thymetravels.no-ip.biz/search/

Open Source Disease Outbreak

Creators: Stephanie Fraley, Dustin Fraley, Ash Wilson


Using open-source information security tools to create an outbreak detection and alerting system.

Inputs: Simulated diagnostic messages from PCR+HRM (Polymerase Chain Reaction + High Resolution Melt)

Fire alerts (emails, etc) when an outbreak is detected.
Produce event trend graphs per location over time, for a specific disease(Ebolavirus, for instance)
Heatmaps for different time periods illustrating outbreak pattern

Input method reference:
S.I. Fraley, et.al., Universal digital high-resolution melt: a novel approach to broad-based profiling of heterogeneous biological samples. Nucleic Acids Research (2013)

Content created:
Dashboard components for Kibana, configs for Logstash
Event parser, correlation rules for OSSIM
Python tools for creating heat maps and parsing data
Event stream simulator

APIs, data and tools used: Logstash
^^ELK install helper(https://github.com/mrlesmithjr/Logstash_Kibana3)

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://github.com/ashmastaflash/IDCOAS/tree/master/prettystuff

Source code and links: https://github.com/ashmastaflash/IDCOAS/

Hack URL:

The Synesthesia Network extended data and audio

Creators: Kaitlyn Hova Matt Hova


Dusted off a website to add more tests and an option to automagically curate test data over the course of several weeks. Still a work in progress, but had a blast :)

APIs, data and tools used: Ruby on Rails
Canvas elements

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links:

Hack URL: thesynesthesianetwork.com

Happy 3d printer

Creators: Matt Hova Applied the work by http://en.homeconstructor.de/converter-convert-music-in-g-code.html


i made the 3d printer sing the song "happy"

APIs, data and tools used: http://en.homeconstructor.de/converter-convert-music-in-g-code.html

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links: http://en.homeconstructor.de/converter-convert-music-in-g-code.html

Hack URL: n/a

Interactive October Evening Sky Chart

Creators: Willem Jager, Wizard Ashley Salazar, Astronaut


We built an on screen star chart that users can interact with using a Kinect camera. Body tracking will enable users to point to stars/constellation and get information.

APIs, data and tools used: Stellarium, open source planetarium software for data collection.
Evening Sky for October, 2014 chart from Orion Telescopes and Binoculars.
Kinect camera

OpenNI and AirKinect for Kinect hacking
Flixel library for ActionScript3 coding

Sky-Map API for star positions and information:

Screenshots, photos and videos: http://youtu.be/95eG4Kt7xtI?list=UUHJp9pFZv2UUX9pcm51NdRQ

Source code and links:

Source: https://github.com/WillJager/Interactive-October-Evening-Sky-Chart

Flixel: http://flixel.org/

AirKinect: http://as3nui.github.io/airkinect-2-core/

OpenNI: https://code.google.com/p/simple-openni/wiki/Installation#OSX

Stellarium: http://www.stellarium.org/
October Star Chart: http://www.telescope.com/assets/pdf/starcharts/2014-10-starchart_bw.pdf

Hack URL:

Hacking Science Education: Meet the Next Generation Science Standards

Creators: Christine Hodges (@slackful)


Public schoolteachers around the US may need help implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. These science education targets include science and engineering practices and big overarching concepts (ex: Patterns, Systems and System Models). How might our community help?

APIs, data and tools used:

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links:

Hack URL:

exoplanet ballpit

Creators: Jeffrey McGee, Keri Bean, Idea from David Harris and Ariel Waldeman


The idea is to create a ballpit full of balls that represent the 1700+ known exoplanets. Each ball represents an exoplanet. People can crawl through the ballpit and scan a ball's qr code to get details.

APIs, data and tools used: http://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech.edu/

Screenshots, photos and videos: http://exoplanetballpit.org

Source code and links: http://github.com/jeffamcgee/ballpit

Hack URL: http://exoplanetballpit.org

Dinosaurs and Robots!

Creators: Brent Townshend, Liam Holt, Charlotte Chan, Fumi Yamazaki, Ewan Mellor, Maria Cordell, Jeadi Vilchis, Vina Verman, Stuart Lynn, Jordan Hart, Juliane Bombosch, Greg Friedland


Our ambition is to make a robotic dinosaur dance. The only way to achieve this is if you *believe*. Also, you need to dance. In synch. Also, lasers.

When the crowd dances we detect each individual's motion using phone accelerometers on your hips and LIDAR to see you wave your hands. If everyone moves together, this will create a coherent signal that will make Tiny the robo-saur dance!

APIs, data and tools used: Data: LIDAR, Cell phone accelerometers

Hardware: Arduino, Spheros, Servo motors, LEDs, LASER projector, Sick LIDAR, iPhones, Epilogue 125 laser cutter

Software: Java, node.js, C++, objective C, Processing

APIs: Sphero sdk

Screenshots, photos and videos: dinosaursandlasers.wordpress.com

Source code and links: https://github.com/btownshend/Pulsefield

Hack URL: dinosaursandlasers.wordpress.com

Arduino current source

Creators: Christoph Maier


just a curent source for arduinos

APIs, data and tools used: breadboard

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links: https://github.com/tatzelbrumm/arduinocurrentsink

Hack URL: https://github.com/tatzelbrumm/arduinocurrentsink

Hearts and Minds

Creators: Watson, Mike, Todd, Gene, Oren


How does EEG correlate with HRV?

APIs, data and tools used:

Screenshots, photos and videos:

Source code and links:

Hack URL: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lmbfy4ag8ch3l4g/HeartsAndMinds.pdf?dl=0

Low-Cost Groundwater Detection

Creators: Mika McKinnon, Alice Pevyhouse, Jeremy Wong, Anita Hart, with extra help from Christoph, Matthew, Brian, Chris and others.


Use low-cost, data-logger capable equipment to replicate an expensive geophysical system for groundwater detection. Potential applications include citizen-science groundwater measurement & monitoring or reducing the risk of drilling wells.

APIs, data and tools used: Arduino

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bz925lxf8dprxw1/SHD_lowcost_groundwater_detection.pdf?dl=0

Source code and links:

Hack URL: groundwaterhack.github.io

Mario for the Blind

Creators: Benjamin Gleitzman, Rich Jones, Erin


65 million visually impaired people have never had the excitement of playing games like Mario. Mario for the Blind is an accessible version of Mario that can be played through sound alone.

APIs, data and tools used: MIDI.js, timbre.js, our own object recognition algorithm, JSNES, our own sweat and bloof

Screenshots, photos and videos: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/101688/website/misc/mario.mp4

Source code and links: http://github.com/miserlou/jsnes

Hack URL: bit.ly/mariofortheblind

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