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Tuesday between 6 and 8pm:
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'''Software + Hardware Hacking, let's dig deep into the [http://sifteo.com Sifteo cubes]'''
  
'''Software/Hardware Hacking at Noisebridge, where we dig deep into the Sifteo cubes http://sifteo.com'''
 
  
...if you feel courageous, it might lead to a hackathon with Sifteo prizes soon.
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== What? ==
  
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An amazing explanation by [http://scanlime.org Micah] of sifteo's insane design hacks is on
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[http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2012/12/05/how-we-built-a-super-nintendo-out-of-a-wireless-keyboard-sifteo-sifteo/ adafruit blog].
  
Sifteo cubes are the best hackable platform, here is a summary of what they have:
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But as a quick intro, Sifteo cubes can be seen as the best hackable platform, here is a summary of what they have:
 
* an accelerometer
 
* an accelerometer
 
* a touch screen (128x128)
 
* a touch screen (128x128)
 
* 4 proximity sensors (to recognize other cubes touching their 4 sides)
 
* 4 proximity sensors (to recognize other cubes touching their 4 sides)
 
  
 
They are wirelessly connected to a base with:
 
They are wirelessly connected to a base with:
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The base can communicate with up to 12 cubes (maybe 24 if you ask nicely).
 
The base can communicate with up to 12 cubes (maybe 24 if you ask nicely).
  
It can be programmed with a simple C++ SDK (a bit like arduino but much more powerful).
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It can be programmed with a simple and intuitive C++ API, check out the [https://developers.sifteo.com/docs SDK].
  
  
Examples of a few projects that could be done:
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== When? ==
* ''magic light juggle'': acceleration change the color/brightness and the cubes disappear in the air
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* ''siftephone in'': listen to a smartphone vibrations with Sifteo's accelerometer
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* ''siftephone out'': talk to a smartphone using sound with audio system such as [http://chirp.io chirp.io] (a 1st proof of concept can be found [http://github.com/honnet/siftone here])
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* ''music & light'': implement a BPM counter to blink color screens on the music rythme by listening to the vibrations sensed by accelerometer
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* ''midi controller'': play music using the cubes as midi instruments with [http://ableton.com Ableton] or [http://renoise.com Renoise] (a 1st proof of concept can be found [http://github.com/honnet/noon here])
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* ''internet of things'': control anything remotely using python to forward Sifteo logs to an email or a server such as [http://heroku.com heroku] or [http://parse.com parse.com]
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* simple hacks involving microcontrollers such as Arduino can be tried too but the project must be worth it ;p (it's a bit more complicated)
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At least during the noisebridge [[30c3]]: December 26th (to 30th)
  
If interested, please don't just show up, your participation/preparation is important:
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...it might lead to a hackathon with Sifteo prizes soon too.
* ask [[User:Cedric|Cédric]] at least 24h in advance to bring more cubes
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== Hack ideas ==
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Here are a few examples of that could be done during these sessions:
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* '''magic light juggle''': acceleration change the color/brightness and the cubes disappear in the air
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* '''music & light''': implement a BPM counter to blink color screens on the music rythme by listening to the vibrations sensed by accelerometer (like [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys1d_02OjXI here])
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* '''siftephone in''': listen to a smartphone vibrations with Sifteo's accelerometer (like above)
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* '''siftephone out''': talk to a smartphone using sound with audio system such as [http://chirp.io chirp.io] (a 1st proof of concept can be found [http://github.com/honnet/siftone here])
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* '''midi controller''': play music using the cubes as midi instruments with [http://ableton.com Ableton] or [http://renoise.com Renoise] (a 1st proof of concept can be found [http://github.com/honnet/noon here])
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* '''internet of things''': control anything remotely using python to forward Sifteo logs to an email or a server such as [http://heroku.com heroku] or [http://parse.com parse.com]
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* '''turn up the volume!''': follow this awesome [http://www.instructables.com/id/Plug-it-In-How-to-Hack-Your-Sifteo-Base-for-Bigge/?ALLSTEPS instructable]!
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* '''UART communication''': simple hacks involving microcontrollers can be tried too but the project must be worth it ;p (it's a bit more complicated)
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== Warning! ==
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'''If interested, please don't just show up, your participation/preparation is important:'''
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* [[User:Cedric|contact me]] in advance to bring more cubes
 
* download the SDK: https://developers.sifteo.com/download
 
* download the SDK: https://developers.sifteo.com/download
* start to play with the examples in the free simulator: https://developers.sifteo.com/docs/SifteoSDK/1.0.0
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* start to play with the examples in the free simulator in the [https://developers.sifteo.com/docs SDK]
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Interhacktively yours,
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Drix.
  
  
''For more info talk to [[User:Thex|J.C.]] or [[User:Cedric|Cédric]].''
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''PS: For more info talk to [[User:Thex|J.C.]] or [[User:Cedric|Drix]].''

Revision as of 16:39, 22 December 2013

Sifteo cube teardown.jpg

Software + Hardware Hacking, let's dig deep into the Sifteo cubes


Contents

What?

An amazing explanation by Micah of sifteo's insane design hacks is on adafruit blog.

But as a quick intro, Sifteo cubes can be seen as the best hackable platform, here is a summary of what they have:

  • an accelerometer
  • a touch screen (128x128)
  • 4 proximity sensors (to recognize other cubes touching their 4 sides)

They are wirelessly connected to a base with:

  • an STM32 (cortex M3)
  • a mono speaker
  • a usb connection to log anything to a computer

The base can communicate with up to 12 cubes (maybe 24 if you ask nicely).

It can be programmed with a simple and intuitive C++ API, check out the SDK.


When?

At least during the noisebridge 30c3: December 26th (to 30th)

...it might lead to a hackathon with Sifteo prizes soon too.


Hack ideas

Here are a few examples of that could be done during these sessions:

  • magic light juggle: acceleration change the color/brightness and the cubes disappear in the air
  • music & light: implement a BPM counter to blink color screens on the music rythme by listening to the vibrations sensed by accelerometer (like here)
  • siftephone in: listen to a smartphone vibrations with Sifteo's accelerometer (like above)
  • siftephone out: talk to a smartphone using sound with audio system such as chirp.io (a 1st proof of concept can be found here)
  • midi controller: play music using the cubes as midi instruments with Ableton or Renoise (a 1st proof of concept can be found here)
  • internet of things: control anything remotely using python to forward Sifteo logs to an email or a server such as heroku or parse.com
  • turn up the volume!: follow this awesome instructable!
  • UART communication: simple hacks involving microcontrollers can be tried too but the project must be worth it ;p (it's a bit more complicated)


Warning!

If interested, please don't just show up, your participation/preparation is important:


Interhacktively yours,

Drix.


PS: For more info talk to J.C. or Drix.

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