Garage48 Hardware & Arts Riga Is Making Hardware Great Again

The Garage48 Hardware & Arts Riga hackathon started with an amazing vibe today here in Riga, Latvia. The hackathon has gathered over 100 participants from all over the world. Besides many Latvians, attendees from Lithuania, Finland, Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Pakistan, Georgia, Armenia, India and Estonia are present. Though Garage48 is hosting a first-time hardware and arts event here at the RTU Design Factory, a total of 34 ideas were pitched on the stage. 
The Garage48 Hardware & Arts hackathons are always incredible, because people always deliver. This is the 6th hackathon for creating physical innovations for Garage48 and the teams have always carried out until the end with the creation process. Our host Krists Avots (Lattelecom) said that this hackathon will be no exception, as the teams will be well equipped. Supporters, such as Mass Portal have provided the teams with 6 3D printing machines, plus 4 3D printing support crew members. Lattelecom has provided teams with 3 LORAWAN Rapid Development Kits for building IoT ideas and Tele2 Shared Service Center has provided 5 Rapid IoT Solution Development Kits with 15 IoT sim cards.The main goal of the Garage48 H&A hackathon is to have fun and create prototypes for this weekend. However, there is now a possibility to develop the working prototypes further, if the teams decide to do so. As Garage48 Hardware & Arts Riga is part of a bigger project called Interreg Estonia – Latvia, 6 teams both in Tartu and Riga can continue the work in an acceleration program. There will be a 2 month coaching and training sessions that are carried out by international business and technology mentors, carried out in parallel batches in both Tartu and Riga. Also 1-on-1 coaching sessions are available to boost the teams performance. The batches will end with graduation days in Tartu at the sTARTUp Day 2017 business festival and the Digital Freedom Festival in Riga.
But in order to deliver all these prototypes, the lovely RTU Design Factory has set up the laboratories and workshop room. There is also a wood workshop room and of course the Mass Portal 3D printing megaroom, where the teams are already queuing up.
As the 48 hour time-frame is now already ticking and the teams are in full swing, let us see what ideas made it into teams:
1. LimeLight – Kinetic Model of a stage for scenography. Fully functional model of stage (theater). Can be used in the future, to show how scenographers will make models for stages.
2. ThunderBox – box in your room that makes real thunder, rain and tornado and releases ozone for smell and to create a real feeling. It is good for setting the mood and just being a beautiful thing.
3. Brillo – Affordable e-reading device with braille alphabet for people with visual impairment. Books and newspapers that are not available in audio format. Like a kindle – cheaper than other solutions.
4. Master Slave – Device for collecting tennis balls on field – tennis ball collector robot. Separate camera that sees whole court, to navigate and collect balls effectively. Never lose your balls again!
5. AF Robot – Small/Medium sized robot on 4 wheels that will be your assistant on the ground, that follows you so it can take videos and photos of you or your child (when you can’t do it yourself). Taking photos and videos for your vlog for you.
6. wilyCAR – device that detects the parking enforcement officer and pays when he arrives. Device will detect the officer who looks at your fake ticket using the face recognition.
7. VibroSense – convert vision in touch/vibration, so you can ‘see’ more, like, know what happens behind your back via vibration.
8. GAGA – Home assistant. Spheric, wireless, that can follow you. Give the commands to follow, to play music, everything that other devices, just this one is not attached to separate room, but can follow you, like your pet.
9. Fading Worlds – An interactive tool that translates and stores anything you say or write into a unique charcoal drawing. Transforms everything you say or write on to drawing, not the print, but actual drawing. It will be delivered as poster and with help of app you can transform it to text.
10. Movie Light – web development project. People can watch movies together, download movie on app and can invite friends to same site at the same time, so you can watch it together and have a movie night together.
11. They Are Watching US – Creepy experience of heads staring at you and turning with sounds when you enter a room.
12. Spinner Roulette – Completely useless, but wonderful device that will raise awareness on dying out fidget spinner – when you starts spinning you can never go back – the fidget spinner that you can’t stop because when you stop it it will explode.
13. Chess Master 3000 Alpha version – Chess clock that is helping you to hurry up a game, it talks to you and helps the favourite player, it will help one player and not help other player, it will tell jokes and talk in weird accent. Make chess fun finally!