Upverter Hackathon Recap


upverter_hackathon_at_ycUpverter 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 PebbleOctopartCircuitHubLockitronDouble Robotics, and Boosted Boards.

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