Hacklet #12 – Last Minute Hackaday Prize Submissions

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If hackers and engineers are notorious for anything, it’s for procrastinating. Many of us wait until the absolute last-minute to get things done. The Hackaday Prize has proved to be no exception to that. Anyone watching the newest projects could see the entries fly in the last few days. Let’s take a quick look at a few.


[Cyrus Tabrizi] submitted Handuino just a few short hours before the deadline. Handuino is an Arduino based human interface device. You can use it to control anything from R/C cars to 3D printers, to robots to Drones. Input is through the joystick, switches, and buttons, and output through the on-board 2.2″ LCD. Projects can interface to the Handuino via a USB port, or an XBEE radio. Nice Work [Cyrus].


[txyz.info] wants to make us more human than human with Bionic Yourself, an implantable device to make you a bionic superhero. [txyz] plans to use sensors such as an electromagnetic field sensor, accelerometers, and Electromyography (EMG) muscle activity detectors. The idea is to not only sense the implanted wearer, but the world around them. The wearer can then use an embedded Bluetooth radio to send commands. The entire system runs on the Arduino platform, so updating your firmware will be easy. Not everyone has a charging port, so [txyz] has included wireless battery charging in the system.

HAD-alarm-clock[Laurens Weyn] wants to wake us all up with Overtime: the internet connected alarm clock. Overtime is a Raspberry PI powered clock with a tower of 7 segment displays. The prototype displays were sourced from an old exchange rate sign. Overtime does all the normal clock things, such as display the time, and date. It even allows you to set and clear alarms. The display is incredible – there are enough pixels there to play Tetris. Overtime is currently running on an Arduino Mega, but [Laurens] plans to move to a Raspberry PI and hook into the internet for information such as Google calender events.

We’re going to cut things a bit short this week. Your work is done (for now) but for the Hackaday staff, the work is just beginning. We’re already on task, reviewing the entries, and picking which submissions will move on to the next round. Good luck to everyone who entered.

As always, See you in next week’s Hacklet. Same hack time, same hack channel, bringing you the best of Hackaday.io!

10 thoughts on “Hacklet #12 – Last Minute Hackaday Prize Submissions

  1. Please can you change the format of the projects area so that the fastest rising projects (==most skulls gained as a percentage of the current skulls) get placed first?

    All the best projects are really high up which is rubbish for us underdogs. :’-(

  2. I really hope some slapped together arduino does not win the prize.
    I don’t mind Arduino being used in decent projects, but how many times can you slightly rearrange the parts to make your project unique and still get it featured?
    Please use some custom code and custom hardware! This could only be made worse by featuring someones project using snap-circuits…

    1. The rules do say that the final build must be “manfacturable”. Not sure of the implications of that, but a snap together prototype is certainly acceptable at this stage.

    2. The “manfacturable” is part of the final round for the 50 or so contestants. A few of the featured judges have said that they want to see actual work put into the project. I hope the judges would have a very standard than the HaD crowd source popularity scoring.

      That’s the path I am taking, doing as much solid engineering work as I can and taking the hardest path possibly. I don’t have a freaking laser on a 3D print shark flying on a quadcoptor tweeting on IoT cloud backed by a couple of crowd funding.

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