Upverter held a hardware hackathon at Y Combinator HQ last Saturday, posting photos of the event and a recap on the Upverter blog. Setup began at 7 in the morning and clean-up finished after 11 at night. The hackathon had 300 applicants that resulted in over 130 attendees, 32 submitted hacks, 30 one-minute presentations, and 11 awards being handed out.
Tactilous was the winning project, a wearable glove that mimics the sense of touch using servos and distance sensors. Other awards were given to an app-controlled baby rocker, micro-controlled power switch, circuit checker, automated window shade controller, haptic feedback walking stick for the blind, metric-gathering Body API, light-sensing glasses, Twitter-powered candy dispenser, Wi-Fi powered light switches, Google Glass clone hacked together in 9 hours, and Instagram for toast.
Upverter (YCW11) makes browser-based electronic design tools focused on collaboration and usability. Hackathon sponsors included Pebble, Octopart, CircuitHub, Lockitron, Double Robotics, and Boosted Boards.