Projects from the Hardware Hackathon: A Smartphone Interface

Have you ever wanted to add a human touch to your smartphone? Now is your chance. Last weekend, Digilent sponsored the WSU-hosted Hardware Hackathon. We’re excited to show you more  of the amazing projects students came up with. Students had 24 hours to complete their projects. This includes the Smartphone Interface project posted on Instructables by , that features a humanoid head as its interface.The interface interacts with any sound you plug into it via component cable. The head has RGB light eyes and a moving jaw programmed to follow sound.

This project seeks to make a smartphone interface that is in fact a human face. To do this project you’ll need a chipKIT Max32, a breadboard, jumper wires, a hot glue gun, an exacto knife, and a hacksaw. For the interface itself, you need paper/foam particle board, rectangular foam, ping pong balls, a couple of LEDs, servos, glue,, air dry modeling clay, a switch, screws and nuts of assorted lengths and sizes, speakers that have a component cable, wire, punched metal coil, right angle supports, and stretchy cloth.

First, make the face. This involves sketching and sculpting and attaching the servo motors. After that, build the frame. Then, insert the face into the frame, and cover one side of the box frame with the stretchy cloth. It should be tight enough for the face to show through. Work on the code and configure the electronics, and your phone can have a new face. Or interface.

Check back soon for more of the projects done at the Hardware Hackathon!



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About Amber Mear

I was the Digilent blog editor, and now I'm a contributor. I love learning about wearables and writing about social issues in STEM. Outside of work, I can be found watching Netflix with my cat, working on an art project, or trying to find new, delicious local foods.

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