Hapticathon = Haptic Hackathon

On Saturday, 40 people participated in the first ever (as far as I’m aware) hackathon completely devoted to surface haptics in Poznan, Poland. The 8 teams went from learning what surface haptics is to completing a working application in just 24 hours. This is made even more remarkable by the fact that they had to share a single TPad Phone between the entire event!

The teams have all made their source code available at https://github.com/Hapticathon. Thanks to Slawa Madelska for driving this great event. Read more about the Hapticathon here on her blog.

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The winning team, Touch Guide, created an application that uses haptic maps to help visually impaired people navigate within buildings.  They won a trip to World Haptics 2015.

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All images courtesy White Ducky.