Heelies, a feet-scanning solution for producing personalised soles, wins the first Garage48 Hardware & Arts
The participants pitched altogether 37 ideas out of which 19 went into development and were turned into working prototypes and demod to the jury Sunday night. After hard deliberation Heelies, a feet-scanning solution for producing personalised soles, was declared as the winner of the first hardware hackathon, Rahu and DiaperBell the runner-ups.
Teams and ideas37 ideas were pitched on Friday evening and 19 teams were formed. The projects in progress are as follows:
1. CrystalSpace (Website, Facebook page) - CrystalSpace is building a small power supply for (cube)satellites. The power supply will be two times smaller and two times more reliable than those on the market today. The product will be valued by satellite building research institutes and companies. Team: Jaanus Kalde, Jaan Viru, Pätris Halapuu, Matis Averin, Marko Kolks, Kristjan Järvan
2. Mural Drone (Facebook page, Twitter) - Mural Drone is basically a flying spraying can. Team: Hendrik Väli, Pirko Konsa, James Connor, Tõnis Tiimus, Eduard Ruzga, Venno Viinapuu, Riho Kerge, Liina Laul
3. Slider´s Club (Website, Facebook page) - Slider´s Club is a multifunctional slider for video and photocameras is an affordable, portable, multi-purpose use slider for hobbyist photographers, video operators and other enthusiasts. Team: Jānis Bukovskis, Juris Upenieks, Rihards Plotka, Mārtiņš Maķinskis, Āris Kļaviņš
4. HmDress (Facebook page, Twitter) - HmDress is creating a dress out of 50 thousand Hama Midi plastic beads with discolights (LED lights working in different patterns, electroluminescent wire). Team: Tanel, Madis, Andrejs, Kaili, Kaisa, James
5. Lazazy (Website, Facebook page) - Lazazy is a personal lo-fi assistant that reminds you to stand up and take breaks, so you won't sit all day behind your computer. Team: Kaspars Laizans, Jānis Mucenieks, Madis Vasser, Kristjan Indus
6. Heelies -
Every person, every foot and every bone construction is unique. So why do we wear the same shoes and torture ourselves with high heels? Heelies has the solution that values the uniqueness of every shoe wearer. To solve the mismatch between shoes and feet Heelies scans your feet to make a perfectly fitting insole for your favourite shoe. Wear high heels with no pain! Team: Seren Eilmann, Piret-Klea Velleste, Eero Ränik, Toomas Laasik, Karl Kongas
7. Sensey (Facebook page) - Sensey displays energy consumption information via colourful ambient light. If you are bleeding money to energy company - ambient light is bloody red. If your consumption in monetary terms is low, ambient light is eco/green. Team: Taavi, Tarmo, Siim, Arvi, Cougar, Hannu
8. Internet of Greenhouse (BEST REVERSE ENGINEERING) (Facebook page) - Internet of Greenhouse is a designer hydroponics system for the windowsill that makes growing your own grapes/strawberries/tomatoes easier than washing the dishes. Enjoy the most delicious home grown food with friends and family every day. Team: Lauri Kapp; Renee Puusepp; Kristjan Männigo; Priit Kallas; Reiko Randoja; Andres Traumann; Karl Oha
9. FreeFall Ball - FreeFall Ball is a skydiving toy for skydivers that allows less experienced skydivers to jump with a weighted ball which will open a parachute should it not be recovered by the skydiver. Team: Kerstin, Priit, Tõnis, Janek, James
10. Aimond Labs (Facebook page) - Aimond Labs is a tracking stand for smartphone or tablet that follows you. Team: Xavier, Ilyal, Gleb, Maksims, Martin, Erik, Alvis, Valters, Miikka, George, Taavi
11. Turn-o-meter (Website, Facebook page) - Turn-o-meter is a pedometer-like device that measures the number of turns you make. Meant primarily as a fun gadget (think keychain merchandise) for dancers. Dancers of salsa or Viennese waltz might appreciate the humor enough to buy one as a present for their partner. Team: Tarmo Annus, Jüri Bogatkin, Jan Bogdanov, Sven Bogdanov, Hans-Günter Lock, Konstantin Tretjakov, Martin Verrev
12. Rugged Remote (Facebook page) - Rugged Remote is a rugged music remote control that's usable in extreme conditions and while wearing glows (snowboarding, motorcycle, etc). Team: Ilya, Dmitry, Matt, Lucy, Pavels, Martins
13. Smart Inventory (Facebook page) - Smart Inventory will be detachable smart tag system that helps people organize their valuables.Team: Märt Pikkani, Siim Raidma, Inga Raukas, Slava Balovnev
15. Rolly Cat - BUILDIT SPECIAL PRIZE (Indiegogo) - Rolly Cat is a revolutionary new toy for cats (and other small animals) that can be controlled from any smart device (with BLE/BT4 connectivity). The product is targeted at people who like to challenge their pets to the maximum and familiarize them with the latest available technologies. Team: Tiit, Martin, Kristjan, Raido, Helena
16. Teddybear Mimmi (Website, Facebook page) - Mimmi speaks fairy-tales to children with a low voice to help them fall asleep. Parents can record and download more stories from the platform. Team: Kristjan, Agnese Ieava, Kermo, Siim, Meelis
17. DiaperBell - RUNNER-UP, BEST DESIGN, IDEALAB PRIZE (Website, Facebook page, Twitter) - DiaperBell will check diapers for you. It´s a healthy solution for eco-friendly parents. Team: Tanel Ainla, Lauri Antalainen, Madis Lehtmets, Steve Perkson, Kaiko Kivi, Raido Aasoja
18. Mingo - BEST ENGINEERING (Facebook page) - Mingo is an online tool that gives everyone a chance to experience what peeing a message in snow feels like. Team: Toms, Kristaps, Andrejs, Reinis, Jānis
19. tWud (Facebook page) - tWud makes wooden tablet holders for iPads etc. The aim is to make a product with a classy design that is natural and environment friendly as well as easy to use. Team: Uldis Reiters, Edzus Kass, Martins Jirgensons, Kristaps Cibulskis
Mentors commentsFor many tech-savvy participants it is namely the business-side advice that is especially valuable, thinks Viesturs Sosars. He finds one of the key factors that determines the success of the idea beyond their hackathon lifespan is the team. It does not only take right kind and complementary skill sets, but also the commitment and motivation of the team to move forward together.
Also amongst the mentors were Prof. Alvo Aabloo from University of Tartu, Indrek Rebane from Hedgehog and electronics, engineer Markus Järve, Janis Grinhofs and Juris Klava from Massportal and David Clark from Laser Diagnostic Instruments AS. Not to mention Nigel Sharp from Lionsharp.com, Jean Mauris, co-founder & CEO @ eegloo business lab and Elise Sass, Startup Lead at Microsoft in Central-Eastern Europe and co-founder of StartupWiseGuys. Also seen on the venue were Janno Roos, co-founder and partner at Ruumilabor Ltd and Tõnis Liivamägi, Founder of Kinotehnik; and many more.