solderin’ skaters / Tilt’n'Roll

With a group of nine students we were one of the winning teams of the Nokia push n900 challenge with our idea of using a real skateboard to control a game.
We equipped the board with custom truck spacers, which are able to send sensor data from the board to a smartphone via bluetooth. On the smartphone, a trick detector is running, which detects skate tricks and sends an according event to the game, which also runs on the smartphone. The skater may earn points by performing skate tricks, and is rewarded not only by the possibility to enter a high score, but also by sound feedback and change of background music, and the possibility to report performed tricks via a microblogging service such as twitter.

Our hack was presented at the Nokia push party, on and at the decode exhibition in the Victoria&Albert museum in London. It also resulted in a scientific publication.

As you can see, I am part of the software team.



The iPod shuffle is so tiny, and my best headphones are so big. So I just attached the iPod to the headphones. I shortened the cables, separated them and passed them through tiny holes in the cushion of the headphones to the headphone clamp, where i attached them to the iPod via a small 3.5 mm connector. The iPod is sitting on the headphone clamp.