Over the weekend several members of the Nashville Mobile Developers User Group -- aka the Google Developers Group Nashville -- participated in Vandy Hacks. Hundreds of university students from around the region streamed in to code their faces off in a frenzy of collaborative awesomeness. Among the schools represented were Georgia Tech, Duke, Purdue, the University of Tennessee, and of course Vanderbilt.
Having just hosted our own hackathon around Google's Project Tango, we still had on hand several loaner development Tango devices from Google, who was happy to send us some swag just for Vandy Hacks at the last minute.
It WAS a hackathon, so of course it didn't go off without a hitch. 12 of the many teams initially set out to base their projects on Tango, and 4 of them eventually diverged and decided on a different project focus. Of the eight remaining teams, EVERY ONE OF THE FINISHED PROJECTS was greater than we would have expected the teams to be able to produce.
Among the spectacular Tango teams:
◦ Tango with Tango: learn to tango with pointers from the Tango! Step forward... Step left... Step back... Step right...
◦ Tango Sports: an app that gives the user the ability to be ON the billiards table... ON the bowling lane... or ON the soccer field with the ball, with integrated physics to provide player interaction with the ball
◦ Retrace: an app which leaves markers along the path the device has followed, allowing the user to "retrace" their own steps
◦ Tango Pod Race: Using an Oculus headset, one player pilots a Star Wars-style race pod, while another player with a Project Tango assumes an overhead view with the ability to shoot projectiles into the race environment
◦ Cubey's Dungeon: Explore a virtual dungeon with the Project Tango while a dungeon master player watches from above on a desktop app, and spawns opponents in your path by gesturing with a Leap Motion
◦ Catching Cubes: Walk around in your space as the Tango moves around in a virtual space, collecting virtual objects
◦ Accu Volume: Slide the Tango along a surface to measure lengths, widths, and areas
◦ Tango Street View: center the Tango's virtual view on a Google Maps street view, then walk around wherever you are as the tango follows your movement on the street
At the end of the day it was Cubey's Dungeon that took the prize for Best Tango-Oriented Project, and consequently was awarded 5 Tango devices to take home to play and develop with. The Tango must have been a great inspiration, because that team also won the award for Best Overall Project!
All the other projects were exceptional, and many of them took home awards as well. Great job, Vandy Hacks teams!