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Big Red APDI Wins Best Hardware Hack Prize for Cornell's 2021 BigRedHacks

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

This past weekend we participated in the largest student run hackathon at Cornell University, hosted a major hackathon in partnership with Major League Hacking. Our team, consisting of Michael Dicpinigaitis, Maya Yu, Austin Vollweiler, and Michelle Card designed an innovative multi-use form of assistive technology to improve independence and health in individuals with physical disabilities. We switch adapted a battery-operated display device and mounted it with the help of GoPro mounts, 3D printed attachments, and adhesive interlocking velcro to create a product that could be used in more ways than one to help individuals with physical disabilities participate in more everyday activities more independently.

One of these applications for our product was an assistive cup turner/milk pourer that works by using a switch to rotate the mounted display turner connected to a cup of milk, and pouring it into another cup or bowl of cereal. This helps the individual with the disability be more involved in an everyday process such as preparing breakfast.

The other application that we worked on was creating an assistive art/painting station. The painting station works by utilizing one mount to hold and rotate a blank canvas by pressing the switch and an additional display turner works by rotating the paintbrush. The second display turner is able to pick up paint on the end of the paintbrush and paint images on the rotating canvas. This design can be used by individuals with disabilities to help paint on their own only with the help of switches that operate the turntables.

In the end, our project ended up winning the Major League Hacking Best Hardware Hack Prize for the Hackathon! This means we had the best hardware design and submission among the 170+ people that participated at the Hackathon! The actual prizes we won were Grove Beginner Kits, or design boards similar to Arduinos that can be used in a variety of projects, including ones involving assistive technology that we are excited to be able to use in the near future!

To check out more about our project including some images and videos, see:

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