Recap: Hack the Home
A group of us spent this past weekend in Louisville at GE FirstBuild’s Hack the Home event with our friends at Hackster.io. During a 24-hour period, more than 200 competitors hacked, tinkered, welded, milled, and grinded to create some pretty incredible home automation inventions worthy of prizes from the likes of AT&T, Intel, MakerBot, and more.
After an on-stage presentation and demo, we lent out a few Kits to see what the teams could invent using SmartThings. Here are a few of our favorites:
grOWN is a cabinet-to-plate appliance that promotes healthy eating by providing an effortless gardening experience.
They used SmartSense Temp/Humidity sensors to active a SmartPower Outlet using a custom SmartApp.
Another project was by a group called Chill Labs. The team built a variety of hacks–most notably one called “Granny Faucet.” The developer has two grandmothers who live alone, and he wanted to easily know if they used the faucet in a 24-hour period.
Using a SmartApp, he was able to 3D print a custom Delta faucet handle which he embedded a SmartSense Multi sensor to alert him once in a 24-hour period if there was acceleration. You can see the SmartApp code on Github.
Finally, the winning SmartThings hack was called FreshPad. It uses an LED-lit pressure and shape sensor in the refrigerator to alert you of how much of any given beverage is left.
In their demo, they show how it works using a custom device type with the Arduino ThingShield.
Here’s a look back at a few more pictures from the weekend:
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