Cars that draw pictures based on your drive, an LED display to automatically communicate with cars behind you, a musical composition based on how you drive. Pipe dreams? Hardly! These are just some of the innovations that were dreamed up and developed during the Boing Boing Ingenuity hack day held August 17, 2013, at the TechShop in San Francisco.
Boing Boing is an online magazine devoted to technology and the culture that surrounds technology. What a perfect match for the Ford OpenXC platform, and the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid! Boing Boing invited some of the top hackers in its community and Ford brought a C-MAX as well as its expertise. The goal was for the participants in this hack day – dubbed Data Driven – to create some new, innovative features or functions using the data available through the Ford OpenXC platform. And innovate they did! We already mentioned some of the really cool projects that were built throughout the day, and there were many more!
There was the real-cost driving meter. Want to know the true cost of a trip? The goal of this project was to factor in wear-and-tear as well as depreciation of the vehicle.
How about a driving replicator? This hack pulls the data from your drive – your turns, your acceleration, your braking – and then replicates it through a toy RC car.
And how is this for the ultimate password: Driving a certain pattern unlocks a locked box inside the vehicle!
Want more? The Boing Boing team has posted quite a few stories at www.boingboing.net and will continue to add more in the coming weeks.