Beastro: a DubHacks 2015 project

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dubhacks_2015_image1From far and wide 600 students and hackers alike gathered at University of Washington for the universities’ second annual 24 hour hackathon titled DubHacks. During this event, students are challenged to ideate, create, and build a working prototype in 24 hours. Sponsors provided thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and mentors for free to enable the students. Hackathons are all about the creative energy that the students bring into event.

My team was formed over Facebook before we arrived at UW. We evaluated each other’s strengths and realized fairly quickly that our team was well-balanced. We decided we wanted to push our skillsets by creating an internet of things (IOT) pet bowl called Beastro. This bowl feeds your pet once you click a button on our website. Additionally, a featured that we included was a Microsoft Kinect that takes a quick picture of your animal when it is eating and sends it to your Beastro feed. The advanced camera takes pictures in a variety of modes such as infrared, 3D reconstruction and more.

In order to build Beastro, we used a variety of tools. For our hardware we used the microprocessor called Intel Edison, cardboard, Arduino, a 3D printer for the frame and a Microsoft Kinect. On the software side, we used Google Firebase, adobe Illustrator, and coded our website in HTML/CSS.
Ryan Jacobson, our electrical engineer, hit the ground running on creating a working prototype using the Intel Edison board. Nikita Morozov tackled the integration of our Microsoft Kinect and lead the way in building the hardware for our IOT food dispenser. Avery Demay created our wireframe design and the user interface for our website. Katie Anderson lead the way in project management and handled the back end development using google Firebase. Lukas Sexton assisted in project management, front-end, back-end, user interface and our prototype. Our product was very successful, we won the award “Best use of Intel Edison” and were featured on the front page of Geekwire’s article on DubHacks.