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Logic PD Hackathon Drives IoT Innovation, Creativity

Nine teams comprised of Logic PD designers and engineers and University of Minnesota students were asked to address real world challenges and uncover new insights on how Internet of Things (IoT) technology can help improve people’s lives during the first-ever Logic PD Acme-thon, April 23-24.

Each team had 24 hours to create an IoT solution using publicly available datasets and APIs, the SeeControl IoT cloud platform, and the Intel Galileo Arduino development board. Ideas developed ranged from remote pet-monitoring to a new way to bike-share and oil-pipeline leak detection to smart curling rocks.

The teams’ efforts were evaluated on three factors:

  • Quality of Idea (includes creativity and originality of the idea, quality of insights gained through data analysis, and potential to address the identified problem)
  • Implementation of Idea (includes how well the idea was executed by the team, how well the application integrates sensor data and APIs, and how much the user experience was considered)
  • Potential Impact (includes the extent to which the application will impact Logic PD vertical markets. Does it have the potential to create value?)

Judges from Logic PD and industry/technology experts from SeeControl, MSP Communications, the University of Minnesota and Intel selected three winning ideas:

First Place: Team Toothhacks Impact Brush, an electric tooth brush that tracks metrics including the length of time spent brushing, the angles used and how often one uses the tooth brush. It collects data and sends reports with helpful tips to improve usage. It was deemed an ideal application for parents teaching youngsters good oral health habits.

Second Place: A University of Minnesota team with a new and innovative way to bike share. Their solution combines a tracking and locking system with a cloud-based asset management application to create an infrastructure-free sharing platform. Distributed Bike Share allows the rider to use their smart phone to search for the bike nearest their location, reserve it, use it, and leave at any location for the next user. This approach distributes bikes in various areas of a city rather than being clustered in hub locations.

Third Place: Team One Ring Buffer to Rule Them All’s multi-modal security platform for card purchases using NFC authentication combined with camera imaging. The card swiping system would photograph users at the point of sale and send the photo along with the card data to the cloud. From there it is linked to the cardholder’s account, showing not only what was purchased and the price but also a photograph of the purchaser. Suspicious purchases are sent to the smartphone of the cardholder making it possible that the holder may be alerted to an unauthorized user even before the bank has time to warn them.

In addition to the three winners, a fan favorite was chosen: a curling stone measurement system created by the LabViewers team. The device used solid state accelerometers and gyros to measure the trajectory of a curling stone so that both team members and coaches can monitor team throws and provide coaching on improving curling skills.

Winning team members received prizes such as DSO Quad – Pocket Digital Oscilloscope, Pebble Smart Watch, Intel Galileo development board, Intel Centrini WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0, Sensor Package, Apple TV, or cash equivalents.

Congratulations to all teams who participated!

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