THINK | DESIGN | BUILD
September 28, 2018 - September 30, 2018
madison's first hardware hackathon
THEME: MEDICAL DISABILITY
to create a positive result in others' lives
1st place: Haptic Stethoscope
"As many doctors age, they may lose their hearing which will affect their experience using a traditional stethoscope, and ultimately, their ability to effectively treat the patient. The traditional stethoscope does not operate well with hearing aids or Cochlear Implants, due to the ear bud style auditory output. This design uses a sensitive microphone behind a diaphragm to pick up the sound vibrations of the heart beat, and this signal is then filtered, amplified and projected through an actuator to recreate the mechanical vibration of the heart. In the future, we hope to improve the design with improved sensors, user interface and to integrate the tactile feedback component with a traditional stethoscope for dual modality diagnosis abilities."
- David Lahm, Alec Hill, Yuchen Gu
2nd place: Third-I
"Using Google Tango AR device we created a system that allowed users to have a location and the device would control the direction for the visual impaired person to go. Using the depth sensor the phone would vibrate as it got closer to an object. The main goal was an app and device to help visual impaired people find their way around a building"
-Vinay Janardhanam, Ted Martinez, Spencer Fricke, Yan Xiao
3rd place: Page Turner
"Our team built a prototype of an electronic page turner. This device can clip to a book of your choosing and turn pages either forward or backward one at a time. This device can positively impact the lives of those with low motor movement in hands, or those without hands/arms."
- Seth Eiseman, Kevin Kirk, Ben Gabbard
tHE THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND YOUR SOLUTION:
DOES IT IMPROVE YOUR CHOSEN DISABILITY? IS IT PATIENT-CENTERED? DID YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT IS ALREADY AVAILABLE IN MARKET? did you identify a significant need?
tHE QUALITY OF YOUR SOLUTION:
DOES IT CONVEY ITS FUNCTION? IS IT AESTHETICALLY PLEASING? how well does the proposed design satisfy the need? IS IT CREATIVE/ INNOVATIVE?
YOUR PROTOTYPE/ MODEL:
does your prototype effectively demonstrate your design intent? how well does your prototype mitigate risks in your design?
The Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab is a community of designers and builders at UW-Madison run within the College of Engineering. Our facilities include a 12,000 ft^2 "Makerspace" with a wide range of rapid prototyping equipment. Largely student run, we strive to empower students and create a community immersed in emerging technologies and focused on creating innovative products. For more information, visit
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. As an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 1,800 active issued U.S. patents, 1,700 licensing agreements and an investment portfolio of $2.6 billion as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit warf.org.