Everybody’s hacking for the weekend.
Metaio ventured to Long Beach, California, home of Epson America, to take part in a weekend-long hackathon for Moverio devices. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a “hackathon” is when a bunch of devs and techies get together, break off into groups and build nifty new stuff with whatever tools they were given or assigned- which in this case was the Epson Moverio BT-100 head mounted display device and the Metaio Augmented Reality SDK.
In this case, 7 teams competed for the $1000 grand prize, while Epson and Metaio raffled off special prizes. Before the winners were even judged, lucky participants walked away with a full license for the Metaio SDK, 1 year of full Metaio Cloud services and a bunch of other fun stuff. In the meantime, the teams worked hard to polish their ideas and presentations for the final judges presentation.
And what a great turnout, too! All seven teams worked hour upon hour, going through conceptual stages to business plans and finally proofs of concept. After a very tough decision, the judges (who included Metaio’s Trak Lord and Epson’s Anna Jen, and Steve Sereboff from SoCal IP), decided upon 3 teams:
- Runner-up Team Lazy Chef, a voice-activated object-recognition assistant for hands-free cooking.
- Runner-up Team Showgment, an event services concept for modular in-booth and showfloor enhancement service
- And Grand Prize Winner, Team Torch, a social approach to friendly and competitive running, utilizing computer vision to project graphics onto the real world in order to motivate runners.
We’d like to thank Epson once again for inviting us along to participate. Metaio was thrilled to see all the creative and determined people working with our SDK to make very compelling and though-provoking hands-free experiences for the Moverio BT-100s. We look forward to the next opportunity to work with Epson. Special thanks to Eric, Anna, Michael and Eric for all of the hospitality. Congrats to the winners and we wish the best to all of the teams who participated!
Don’t forget to check out some of the media coverage and the photos below to learn more about the event. And here’s a screenshot from Team GUI Notes’ project, an experience that allows the user to tag and later identify things in the real world:
Photos (reposted from above link)