Projects 2016

Reverse Engineer Screen Thingy – Best in Show Winner

People Involved: Harry, Becky, Eoin, Aziz

  • Hack Details: Reverse engineered the communications protocol for locked down USB Digital Music controller so it would work on Linux operating system.


Keep your Distance – People’s Choice Award

People Involved: Federico, Murresh, Tríona

  • Project Description: An arduino with distance sensors are mounted in a laser cut box on the rear of a bicycle. A matching vest can be connected to the arduino via a quick release connector. On the vest is an array of LEDs in the shape of an exclamation mark. The vest blinks faster the closer the cars are to the bike, warning the cars to keep their distance

Project: Build a model Wave Energy Converter

  • People Involved: Aziz Bahri Andrei Paleyes Manoel Casquilho Ken Russell
  • Project Description: The project goal was to produced and measure electrical energy converter from wave energy. A magnet and coil system was assembled at one end of the fish tank and a wave producing paddle installed at the other end.
  • Project Name: Science Hacked Poetry
  • People Involved: everyone I asked questions of
  • Project Description: Writing poems inspired by and in response to projects at Science Hack Day Dublin
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  • Project Name: A better braille display
  • People Involved: Brian, Phil, Pan Pan, Mathieu, Tristan, Becky, Maeliss, Bernard & Ying FengProject Description: Braille displays are extremely expensive (80 char x 2 lines is several thousand Euro) They are also fragile. A bit of dust or dirt can ruin them. They consume considerable battery power to attain the 200 volts necessary to quickly move the pins. This also makes them more dangerous than a Samsung galaxy note 7. A friend’s Braille display started smouldering while she was in university. There must be a better way! Electromechanical, materials and 3D printing skills. Braille pins are tiny. Would it be possible to create micro levers? Memory metal, magnetic, electrostatic, pneumatic, hydroponic or steam-powered actuators.






  • Project Name: Floating lanterns
  • People Involved: Brian, Phil, Jenny, Bernard & Mathieu
  • Project Description:  prototype 2 types of lanterns; one floating in water with an LED light that changes colour in response to heat; the other floats in the air. LED are powered by Arduino; One uses a DHT digital temperature and humidity sensor and Arduino Nano. It is powered by USB power brick. The other one uses a thermistor and an analogue input to aTiny85 microcontroller and it is configured to turn the red LED on if the temperature rises and the blue LED if the temperature falls.
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  • Project Name: Laser Cut Clothes That Fit?
  • People Involved: Maria (coding, sewing), Louise (arm holes), Triona (all the things), Jeff (making lasuersaur submit to our will)
  • Project Description: I’m lazy and like nice things that fit, so I wanted to write software to turn the basic patterns everything else is built on into ones that humans not from the 50s, and then I also wanted to avoid having to do much work to turn those patterns into clothes. Maths/Python -> Variable Patter -> Laser Cutter -> Sewing -> 😀


Project Name: The Turning And Indicator Mitten