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Hardware Hacks

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For the first time in India, there is going to be Hardware hackers in Open Hack day. There will be talks on Arduino and ADK (Android Accessory Development Kit) to get you started, even if you are new to hardware hacking. We are also planning to have some lighting talks related to hardware for experienced hackers.


Want to attend a session on Hardware Hacks at the event?


Register your enthusiasm for this topic by placing your name below. We will provide the most support to the topics that are most popular. So it's important that you add your name below if you want us to run a session on this at the event.


Contact Details (email / twitter) 
What are you are interested in? 
e.g. Anil Patel apatel@yahoo-inc.com ; anilpatel

Arduino, embedded software, linking the web to the real world.

Ashwin Deshmukh
 Arduino, embedded linux, embedded web applications, robotics, wireless
Avik Dhupar avik [DOT] tk [AT] gmail [DOT] com Arduino, Robotics, Interfacing anything to my computer, Automation
Arduino , embedded electronics , Robotics , Whatever things which excites me. 
Embedded linux, embedded multimedia and streaming, bare metal systems
Muthu Subramanian
Rahul Raghavendra raulrag009@gmail.com

Interested in Arduino 

The Concept Of Connecting Web to the Physical World 

Surajram Kumaravel


surajram@gmail.com / @surajram

Arduino + Android ADK


Ravi Babu Sinha ravi.babu.sinha@gmail.com Robotics, embedded Systems, hardware interfacing, Automation
Viral Sachde viral at sachde dot com Open Source Hardware, DIY
Arun Vijayan arunvijayan at gmail dot com DIY, Arduino, GSM Modem hacks


Hardware Lightning talks


At the event, there will be an opportunity for you to present a lightning talk on this topic. This may be an idea that you have that you need a team to help build or a data source that you would like to encourage hackers to build into a hack.


What you'd like to talk about 
What you want to achieve from the talk 
Other notes 
e.g. Anil Patel
 e.g. Arduino
e.g. Encourage Arduino chip based hacks at event
Viral Sachde  Open Source Hardware  Give a general prospective of open source hardware and it's effect   




Hardware Sources


These sources of hardware may help you with ideas for Hardware hacks. Please help populate. 



Why it's cool
Other notes 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino  Arduino is an open-source single-board microcontroller, designed to make the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible.  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeagleBoard  The BeagleBoard is a low-power, low-cost single-board computer produced by Texas Instruments in association with Digi-Key. The BeagleBoard was designed with open sourcedevelopment in mind, and as a way of demonstrating the Texas Instrument's OMAP3530system-on-a-chip.     
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PandaBoard Pandaboard, Dual Core ARM board with open design Fast enough to use as server  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora_(Console) Open Src Handheld Gaming Console    


FAQ for Hardware hacking


1. What are the hardware components that will be provided by Yahoo for hacking during the event?

A. We can provide you some basic stuff like the following for hardware hacking.


  • Resistors (assorted general values)
  • Capacitors (assorted general values  )
  • Relays
  • Clear LEDS
  • Diffused LEDs
  • Breadboards for prototyping.
  • Breadboard connection wires.


2. What if I need additional hardware components (like sensors or microcontrollers)?

A. You have to bring them. If you don't have the necessary components, you can buy them at a discounted price (Check the next FAQ item)


3. How can I avail the discount for buying hardware components for the event?

A. We have tied up with 9 Circuits, so that you can buy the required hardware at half the original cost (50% off). 


The easier way is to buy the hardware before the event. Head over to 9 Circuits and use the following discount code YHD-MEPL-0711, to get 50% off the original price. The hardware will be delivered to you by the vendor at the event. 


4. Can I buy the hardware components during the event? 

A. You can also buy the hardware from the vendor at the event, but it is restricted to the availability of the hardware.


5. Should the hacks be done only on Arduino or ADK?

A. You are welcomed to hack on any hardware and is not restricted to Arduino or ADK. (Ham Radio, anyone?)


6. I am new to hardware hacking. Will there be someone to help me if I am struck?

A. There will be a team of volunteers who would help you in case you are struck.


7. I have a question about the hackday in general and not particular about hardware hack?

A. Then head over to event FAQ page.


8. What is the reason for including hardware hacks this time?

A. *Open* hack day is about the hacking sprit and we don't generally restrict on the technology that you can use for hacking. Hardware hacks were allowed in previous events as well, but it was not highlighted since there weren't many people who were doing it. But with recent projects like Arduino and Open source hardware, lot of people are into hardware hacking and so we thought of highlighting it.



Example Hardware Hacks we've seen before


Why it's cool? 
Automatically change your Yahoo Status when you come home  Using and RFID sensor ( or just a plain old push-button), automatically set your Yahoo Status when you get home from works ("Guys, I'm home now, we can chat"), and set it to "busy" when you are at work. Might save a lot of time. 
http://www.botanicalls.com/archived_kits/twitter/ Connects your plants to the online world. It's cool to create aYahoo Messenger account for your plant and have it buzz you when it needs water ! Your plant on Yahoo Messenger buzzing you "You looser, it's the third time this week you forgot to water me !!!". Do I need to say more ?
Household appliances talking to you on YM Connect your household appliance on Yahoo Messenger and have it buzz you when the current task is ready (e.g. "Your washing machine here, all ready now, master !"). Your washing machine talking to you on YM. All I need to say.
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/12/how-to-make-an-arduino-xm.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890 It is a blog hitcounter, that rings a bell. Literally. It puts a smile on your face, every time someone hits your blog. And it is a great way to annoy your colleages or your girl friend. Might alternative ping your on Yahoo Messenger just in case you're not home.
Provides motivation for when you're just a small blogger.
http://j4mie.org/blog/how-to-make-a-physical-gmail-notifier/ Light up an RGB led according to the number of unread emails in your inbox. It's cool to bring virtual data into the real world.
 DIY wooden box with numeric display and servomotor controlled clock display, able to display the weather forecast. 
It's  nice to bring virtual data into the real world.
http://bubblino.com/ Bubblino is a Twitter-monitoring, bubble-blowing Arduino-bot.
We all love bubbles, don't we ?
http://blog.mozmonkey.com/2008/ganzbot-an-arduino-robot-who-reads-twitter/ A funny little robot that has eyes, eyebrows and a mouth and will verbally read your latest Twitter status to you. Could be upgraded to read latest RSS feed titles (with Yahoo Pipes). Human-like robots are cool !
http://thenextweb.com/2009/09/26/java-baloon-project-highest-twitter-client-room/ Sends automated tweets with photos using an iPhone and a Helium balloon during the Romanian Webstock conference .
It's cool to have live coverage from the air :). It would be even more cool to have an autonomous aerial vehicle, like a quadrocopter or something.
http://hacknmod.com/hack/arduino-based-snail-mail-alert-for-your-smartphone/ Get an alert on your smartphone as soon as the postman delivers a letter in your physical mailbox. Bring real world data in the virtual world, that's cool also.
http://www.designer2k2.at/home/arduino/22-3d-scan-arduino.html 3D Scanner. Create a scan of the surrounding world with a distance Sharp sensor and and Arduino.  Mapping the real world into virtual landscape is fun.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jrowberg/keyglove-wearable-input-device  The Keyglove is an open-source portable Arduino/AVR-powered glove that uses touch combinations (for keys) and an accelerometer (for the mouse) to generate keyboard and mouse control codes using only one hand  It's nice to control your computer by moving your fingers in the open air and not touching anything.  
 Check in on foursquare via RFID 
Get your RFID tag, swipe it, check in... for the lazy ones.

Facebook via RFID  (http://www.facebook.com/presence/)

Yet another cool aplication 


Hack Poken device to checkin via foursquare or something else.

Because i have a poken and i wanna use it for something else.




Comments (8)

anand gupta said

at 11:53 am on Jul 18, 2011

can there should be some mouse hack?

Sudar said

at 1:35 pm on Jul 21, 2011

You are not restricted to the type of hack that you can do.

Ashwin said

at 12:49 pm on Jul 18, 2011

This is first time for me... will the hardware be provided or we need to bring our own hardware?
If Hardware will be provided what can we expect?

Sudar said

at 5:30 pm on Jul 22, 2011


I have updated the wiki, with the list of components that will be provided. If you need anything else then you might have to bring them.

Sakthipriyan said

at 5:56 am on Jul 23, 2011

What motivates yahoo, being a web enabler, to conduct a hardware hack event?

Sudar said

at 1:27 pm on Jul 26, 2011

I have added a FAQ entry to answer your question.

Sakthipriyan said

at 6:37 am on Jul 23, 2011

And hardware buying details were added when there is just one week left... :( Doesn't it look like very short term to place the order, get it delivered and to play around with?

Yuvaraj said

at 9:44 am on Jul 25, 2011

Hi Sakthipriyan the hardware whichever you order will be delivered only on the venue. So it doesn't look like short term ;)

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