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Jacobs collaborated with Don Mamaril and Vin Halbwachs to build a “Tesselbooth.” This uses Tessel’s photo module to create a photobooth script, which timestamps photos and uploads them to a website. Users can opt-in to trigger the camera. The group has plans to finish the project and donate it to The Douglas, Hack Reactor’s alumni lounge, to create an ongoing photo log of life in the lounge.
Another group, consisting of Ash Hoover, Andrew Krause, and Sean Dokko, was thinking visually as well. They built a program that takes data from a scannable ID card and uses the information contained in the card to make abstract robo-art.
The group also used the ID scanning function to create a smart doorbell. A user scans his or her card, and this triggers an email to a group specific to that user stating that he or she is at the door, and also provides current weather data.
“The final project ended up being a control system based on gesture and breath and relayed by recorded buffer streams,” writes Jenkins.
In the end, the Tesselcopter did take to the skies, receiving directions in the form of inhales, exhales and gestures.
Beyond the specific projects that came out of the hackathon, it was an inspiring day for Software Engineers to experiment with a wide spectrum of possibilities in the hardware space.
“The day really reinforced the value of hackathons as a way to improve your problem solving and communication skills through working on novel problems in groups,” notes Jacobs. “I really look forward to participating in more events like this.”