PennApps

PennApps, my first hackathon, was an amazing experience.  I worked for forty-two of the forty-six hours we were there.  It was really exciting to be surrounded by so many people working on so many interesting ideas.  My team was made up of Anu Jayasinghe, Sebrand Warren, and Michael Prober.  Also a big thanks to Noam Eisen!

Enter VELO.  

Velo turns everyone into a bike messenger by leveraging everyday travel to enable efficient transportation of goods and services. As a commuter it turns transit time into profit; as a sender you get rapid, low-cost shipping.

Velo uses google calendar to compare your current location to where you're going.  When it identifies a task that’s along your route, Velo alerts you via a wearable embedded device without the need to look at your phone. You then pull out your phone for details and accept the task. When you’re done, take a picture to confirm the task and collect your payment.

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Above is the imbedded hardware that the wearer interacts with to get information about potential tasks they might complete en-rout without needing to stop their bike.

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Above shows the finished bag and hat.  The hat has a pocket on the other side for embedded hardware.  The bag and the hat are simply examples of possible soft goods to integrate the hardware into.