IDEA Hacks was founded in 2014 by members of UCLA IEEE and Theta Tau Upsilon Delta. Ever since our first hackathon in January 2015, IDEA Hacks’ vision has been to provide engineering students with a space to learn, create, and inspire one another. As the first and largest hardware hackathon in California, we encourage interdisciplinary teams to build hands-on components as opposed to a software hackathon.
Throughout the years we’ve increased the breadth of our event, and at our last hackathon over 200 hackers participated. Our goals are to benefit the engineering community and the community as a whole by promoting innovation in areas that matter. Featured projects include an ASL Recognition Platform, Light-Up Frisbee, and many more!
TEAM: Brady Ankenbrandt, Courtney Gibbons
PROJECT: Zoomsday Clock is a warning indicator for video conferencing! It displays a red light if the user is in a meeting and reports how much time is left. A wave of the hand reveals when that meeting ends.
TEAM: Bryan Wong, Kathy Daniels
PROJECT: bud is an IoT gardening assistant that uses a variety of sensors to monitor a house plant’s soil moisture, air humidity, temperature, and light intensity conditions. The “buddy” periodically reads and writes sensor data to a Google Firebase database, letting users compare their plant against target values on the bud website.
TEAM: Olivia Loh
PROJECT: myPlantMonitor regulates soil moisture levels to alert users about watering their plant as well as plant movement. The plant pot is mounted on a car (controlled by myPlantMonitor) that will move the plant closer towards sunlight.
TEAM: Caleb Terrill, Fred Chu, Caitlyn Chau, Lucas Wolter, Bryan Wong
PROJECT: Napkn is a convenient and intuitive tabletop IoT table reservation device. With a simple tap of a RFID-enabled card, users can check in to a table, reserving it for a predefined duration. Once the user is finished using their reserved dining hall table, library table, etc., all it takes is another tap of their RFID card to free the table for use.
TEAM: Max Gong, Aidan Cookson, Calvin Chang, Daniel Truong, Krish Kabra
PROJECT: Penley makes note taking easier by transcribing your notes directly to your computer. Powered by an Arduino Nano and a TensorFlow neural network, Penley works on any surface.
TEAM: Bradley Schulz, Aditya Mishra, Tyler Price, James Tseng
PROJECT: Designed to limit energy use and maximize convienence, the RetroSwitch is an automatic light switch upgrade. The Retroswitch combines WiFi control and intelligent motion detection to automate turning lights on and off. It is super easy to install; the Retroswitch comes in a package that can be magnetically mounted over any existing light switch.
TEAM: Matthew Wang, Ashvin Nagarajan, Jeff Anderson, Allison Chen, Juan Banchs
PROJECT: Our project was a Smart Lock that uses an industry standard ball-bearing lock design and arduino powered RFID sensor so that consumers can lock and unlock the lock using a BruinCard. We presented it as a improvement upon existing smart locks that are susceptible to malware.
TEAM: Garo Mazmanian, Tanmaya Hada, Pranav Balgi, Peter Oh, Hersh Joshi
PROJECT: The braille reader reads braille of one script, translates it, and then speaks it out in the listener's native tongue. This aims to make travel more accessible to the blind population by allowing the blind to understand braille in a different language.
TEAM: Shriniket Buche, Bochi Lin, Jae Hyeong Park, Richard DeAmicis, Wei Dong
PROJECT: 3feet is a hardware and software bicycle and electric scooter protection system. The system utilizes a number of sensors on the bicycle to record when automobiles are approaching and notifies riders or city officials appropiately.
TEAM: Julian Mendel, Mark Nasielski, Serene Kamal, Michelle Du, Eric Sarnoff Espinosa
PROJECT: With a special glove, users can use sign language to change the color of an LED.
TEAM: Jimmy Byrne, Josh Ren, Anshul Aggarwal, Nina Chikanov, Allison Doami
PROJECT: Aimed at visually impaired people, this project takes current weather information around the world to choose the perfect outfit for the user.
TEAM: Chris Hailey, Ishan Shah, Joel Joseph, Adithya Bellathur, Janeline Wong
PROJECT: Using ultrasonic sensors, capacitive touch and facial recognition to reduce the likelihood of cooking fires.
TEAM: Andrew Chen, Matthew Wong, Robert Zalog, and Christine Chen (not pictured)
PROJECT: A ‘smart’ Frisbee that measures angular velocity while it is being thrown and gives feedback to the user once it is caught. Uses an Arduino that signals to the user through RGB LEDs.
TEAM: Tim Ling, Shuang Feng, Jingxian Xu, and Tianyu Deng
PROJECT: Device changes the tempo of the music based on the heart rate of the runner.
TEAM: Andrew Arifin, Sean Oh, Jonathan Hurwitz, and Robert Devlin
PROJECT: Spiro is a device designed to help people better manage anxiety. Using an elastic chestband to alert you to irregular breathing potentially, the paired app and smartwatch guides the user through a self-regulation breathing exercise. Using customizable colors and soft lighting, the device helps a user take a step back from their situation and just breathe.