Mektron is a robotics company, and is working on a solution for using a robotic arm for ultrasound in telemedicine. The arm is controlled by a haptic device, optimal for small movements. Coming to the event, they had ambitions to add device control with a Myo armband for the larger movements.
"We achieved a lot more in these three days than we would have done if we worked by ourselves in our office. The help from the other teams were very valuable.""
Taking the position of an evil company, the EvilCorp team set out to uncover how commercial interests can use cheap hardware to harvest data from Wi-Fi enabled devices - covered up as cute unicorns.
"Hackathons like ARIoT are excellent places to bring barely thought out ideas and attempt to realize them in a very short timeframe.
ARIoT is just such a place, and last year we brought a team of six enthusiastic software developers to our very first IoT hackathon. While our team was very capable in terms of working with C#, Java, SQL, and WhatNot (TM), our experience in working with low-level development was not high. This however, did not stop us from dragging along an awful lot of hardware.
A big handful of ultrasonic sensors, USB power supplies, Raspberry Pi’s, cameras, WiFi dongles, LED-lights, Arduino, other components, and last, but not least - two Parrot AR-drones. Our goal was to make a prototype self-navigating drone (avoiding obstacles in all directions) that could be remote controlled and fly autonomously indoors, and - to win!
In ARIoT the three teams with the most points go into the finals and victory is decided by popular vote. Points are awarded through achievement-badges. Knowing this we had pre-planned how to get the most out of our first hours and early on we took the lead. A lead that, however, was short-lived. As we progressed our drones started packing on weight, and after a while wouldn’t even fly at all.
A crash diet was attempted, but to no avail - the hardware necessary made the drones too heavy, with 136 grams of payload our used and abused Parrot AR-drones didn't have enough power to get off the ground. Even worse - our focus on the hardware side of things had made us forget about the software-side (another place to collect badges and points). As we tried to close the gap as we were entering the final hours we managed to land a tied 3rd place. We didn’t become victorious, the winning vote (not surprisingly) went to a functioning solution.
ARIoT, spanning three days of hacking was a great event for our team. We had fun, we had great challenges, we got to see the amazing stuff the other teams did, and we got a very memorable experience at a beautiful venue. Do we recommend it? In a heartbeat, yes.
We’ll be back, at ARIoT 2017. Maybe we’ll go for something that doesn’t need to fly this time.
Hoping to see you there as well, and remember: Be prepared!"
Trying to see just how far it is possible to go in making your home smart, the Computas team came up with a broad range of solutions and appliances.
Two scientists from Sintef brought their home made universal device programming language, ThingML. They also brought home made, 3D printed drones, and equipped them with infrared emitters and sensors, and programmed them to fight each other in an autonomous robotic war.
"As we were working on a customer prospect, ARIoT provided the perfect arena to test out some of the concepts that were required for our Proof-of-Concept. Our team of software and hardware developers could try out crazy ideas and get help from the other teams when we were stuck, and we successfully created a control system for the autonomous hospital robot."