Hackaday Prize: 20 Projects That Make Us All Citizen Scientists

We live in a time of unparalleled access to technology and this has the power to make life better for everyone. Today we are excited to announce twenty spectacular builds that use access to technology to move scientific exploration within the reach of all. These are the winners of the Citizen Scientist challenge of the 2016 Hackaday Prize. Themes tackled in this round include blood glucose monitoring, insole sensing for analyzing your footfalls, lab equipment like automated microscopy, sensors to measure the world around us, and more.

The winners for the Citizen Scientist portion of the Hackaday Prize are, in no particular order:


The Hackaday Prize is the greatest hardware competition on earth. We want to see the next great Open Hardware project benefit everyone. We’re working toward that by recognizing people who build, make, and design the coolest and most useful devices around.

These twenty projects just won $1000 and will now move on to the final phase of The Hackaday Prize, to be judged by our fourteen celebrity judges. Awesome! Now get to work: there’s a lot the hackers behind these projects need to do before the final judging in October where they’ll compete for the grand prize of $150,000 and four other top prizes.

AutomationIf your project didn’t make the cut, there’s still an opportunity for you to build the next great piece of hardware for The Hackaday Prize. The Automation Challenge is currently under way. It encourages everyone to build devices that make your life easier.

Automate your life; build a device that makes your breakfast, a robot to mow your lawn, or software that does your taxes. Build a device that automatically tracks laundry detergent, automates washing the dishes, or a robot that obeys every command.

Like the Design Your Concept, Anything Goes, and Citizen Science rounds of The Hackaday Prize, the top twenty projects will each win $1000, and move on to the Hackaday Prize finals for a chance to win $150,000 and a residency at the Supplyframe DesignLab in Pasadena.

If you don’t have a project up on Hackaday.io, you can start one right now and submit it to The Hackaday Prize. If you’re already working on the next great piece of hardware design, add it to the Automation challenge using the dropdown menu on the sidebar of your project page.

8 thoughts on “Hackaday Prize: 20 Projects That Make Us All Citizen Scientists

  1. Well, that was one hell of an annoying audio on that video, I just hope that with the years I will be able to forget the whole horrid experience of watching a few seconds of it.

  2. the quality of the ophtalmoscope pictures amaze me. I can imagine if these devices became relatively cheap it would become possible to study regular pictures of the same person, to see if say the myelination is monotonic (i.e. only increases / gets worse) or if sporadically a patch of retina can recover…

    1. In the “Glare removal and optimizing illumination” log entry, where it says:

      “However, we observed that this caused direct reflections from the cornea (the transparent layer of the eye – such as the bright spot in the image below).”

      Looking at the optical layout and the resulting image I believe this is not a reflection on the cornea. It is a very common mistake to ignore any unused beams from the beamsplitter (when using a beamsplitter always ask yourself if you need an absorber onto which any unused beam should be dumped).

      intended path: LED->beamsplitter(reflect)->eye&retina(reflect)->beamsplitter(pass)->camera
      unintended extra path: LED->beamsplitter(pass)->inside wall of ophtalmoscope(reflect)->beamsplitter(pass)->camera

      Try covering the illuminated inside wall of the ophtalmoscope temporarily with a small black piece of cloth, and see if the glare is still as offending. If it decreased, you can redesign with a proper absorber tilted at some angle (to reduce specular reflection, even if the absorber is black). Perhaps this way you can avoid some of the postprocessing steps (stitching).

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