MakerBot Thingiverse and GE Appliances' FirstBuild Announce Winners of "Think Inside the Icebox" Hack-A-Thon
FoodShare Concept Takes First Place - a Connected Platform for
Refrigerators to Share Food with Neighbors
BROOKLYN, N.Y. & LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
MakerBot Thingiverse, the world's largest 3D printing design community,
and GE Appliances' FirstBuild, a global co-creation community, today
announced the winners of the Third Annual Hack-A-Thon at MakerBot's
Brooklyn, NY, headquarters. MakerBot and FirstBuild have a strong
partnership committed to improving the home with the help of desktop 3D
printing and connectivity.
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The winning team of the Third Annual Hack-A-Thon at MakerBot headquarters was Food Share, a new solution to display and share food from your refrigerator with neighbors.
Inventors, educators, students and 3D printing enthusiasts worked over
the weekend on June 13 and 14 to "think inside the icebox" — to develop
connected devices and 3D print prototypes for FirstBuild's
connected refrigerator, ChillHub,
using the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem and Green
Bean connect kits provided by FirstBuild. Six teams of innovators
experimented with ChillHub to imagine and prototype new devices and
features for a chance for each member of the winning team to win a
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and two rolls of filament.
"I'm blown away by the creativity and imagination of the participants of
this Third Annual Hack-A-Thon at MakerBot headquarters," said Jonathan
Jaglom, CEO of MakerBot. "From high school and college students to
seasoned engineers and designers, the teams imagined and real-time
prototyped new devices and features that offer a glimpse into the future
of the connected home. We're excited to be part of the FirstBuild
community, and I couldn't think of a better way to showcase the power of
desktop 3D printing and how it empowers students and professionals to
First Place - The winning team, headed by Bryan Berger of NY
Hackathons, was Food
Share, a new solution to display and share food from your
refrigerator with neighbors. The team 3D printed a food basket and egg
holders that have embedded sensors to detect freshness and are placed
inside the refrigerator. The basket and egg holders are dedicated places
for sharable food items in the refrigerator. The embedded sensors and a
video camera are connected to ChillHub and feed information to a website
where users can set up a profile and see what shareable food items are
available from their neighbors. The team hopes that the combination of
food and technology will bring people of communities together to share
their cultures and passion for food. Food Share would also lead to less
food waste and maybe even more community potlucks.
Second Place - Pavlov's
Fridge is a locked box in the refrigerator containing snacks or
other goods that can be opened only by completing set tasks. The system
is designed to incentivize positive behavior, such as completing chores,
following a diet or completing a workout. The system would be connected
to wearables that automatically open the box when fitness goals are
achieved. The team 3D printed the box and gear system, and then used a
motor connected to the Wi-Fi-enabled ChillHub.
Third Place - Fridge
Pharm is a storage box that organizes medication and administers
proper dosages based on a physician's input. The medication is placed in
locked containers inside the fridge until the day and time that they are
to be administered, at which point the container unlocks. A physician
can monitor the storage box via the Wi-Fi-enabled refrigerator. The
system will help avoid overmedication and help collect patient
compliance data. The team created the storage box using 3D printed parts
and used a Raspberry Pi to control the lock.
Other inspired entries included:
— A LED display that recommends a movie when the refrigerator door is
opened, depending on the time of day and other factors. Chiliflix uses
the Wi-Fi to tap into a database of movies and to display an appropriate
title on the front of the refrigerator door. The team wrote a script for
the movie recommendations, wired the Raspberry Pi microcontroller, and
3D printed the casings that housed the screen and the electronics.
Snack Stopper — A mechanism that
requires the user to play a game in order to unlock the refrigerator.
Designed to keep children or pets out, the mechanism will stay locked
until a matching game is played using a joystick. The team wrote code
that randomizes the game each time the fridge is locked. The components
for the lock were 3D printed.
Pictures of all winning designs are available on MakerBot's
For those looking to make the home smarter, FirstBuild is a community
dedicated to designing, engineering, building, and selling the next
generation of major home appliances. Learn
more about FirstBuild.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys
Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting
the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in
2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and
industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects,
designers, educators and consumers. MakerBot has one of the largest
installed bases and market shares of the desktop 3D printing industry,
with more than 80,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in the world. The
robust MakerBot 3D Ecosystem makes 3D printing easy and accessible for
everyone. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.
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