Oulu Science Hack Day 2019

Fab Lab Oulu organized its Second Oulu Science Hack Day on 11st and 13rd January 2019. As last year, our event emphasized "digital fabrication" and we expected participants manufacture real artifacts using Fab Lab Oulu machines. Participants were supported from a team of local experts from different fields and two Fab Lab Oulu instructors. Twenty six participants divided in 6 teams joined their efforts to complete amazing projects: Bionic glove, Smart belt for cyclists, Postcards insturments, LED ring for photography, Intelligent washing labels and TapoDoorLock. Some pictures can be found from our Facebook event

During a weekend, 26 maker enthusiastics collaborated in  Fab Lab Oulu and in University of Oulu Agora to ideate, design and manufacture 6 amazing concepts, building working prototypes for all of them.  For some of  the participant they serve as an introduction to Fab Academy that started one week later. 

For the whole weekend, participants had the support of a group of experts coming from different fields and backgrounds: Georgi Georgiev (Associate Proffessor at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing), Jari Uusitalo (Fab Academy graduated), Mikko Toivonen (Fab Lab Oulu instructor), Kenichi Komatsu (Nokia Engineer) and Perttu Piiranen (Buutti education specialist). In addition, Fab Lab Oulu instructors Behnaz Norozi and Iván Sánchez Milara where helping the participants when using software and machinery. 

On Sunday, the jury formed by Vice Rector of Research (Taina Pihlajaniemi), Blair Stevenson (OAMK), Georgi Georgiev (Center for Ubiquitious computing) and Jani Ylioja (Fab Lab Oulu director) had the difficult task of chosing the two best projects. The jury agreed on the quality of the projects and the advanced level of development considering that participants count only with one weekend to work in their protototypes. 


List of projects

Postcards instruments (1st prize)

Samuel, a teacher of music and technology at a local school, loves building his own musical instrument. He proposed to create postcards that can be later transformed into musical instruments. They managed to create a set of postcards made out of 3mm plywood containing the pre-cut pieces to build different kind of musical instruments such as guitar and a box. They even develop marketing material and business plan. Congratulations Samuel, Suvi, Marjo, Jussi and Anssi for the amazing job. 


Smart Belt for cycling (2nd prize)

Sivalingam, Sadeep, Pinchadewage and Ondrej developed a really interesting concept of belt that you can use while cyclying to indicate, by means of light signals, when you are turning left, right or you are stopping the vehicle. The tested the protototype in real environment. The jury remarked the grade of finalization of the concept and the good quality of the prototype.


Led Lighting ring for photography

Gleb, Mariaa, Mikko and Daniel, were working during the weekend into a white LED ring to improve quality of photography. They used several digital fabrication processes to build the ring including laser cutting, embedding electronics, programming and 3D design and printing. The result was amazing for just two days of work. Note that Gleb use this prototype as a based to fabricate his FabAcademy final project in June 2019. 

Tap Door Lock

Ngo Trung, Yazid, Sir and Md Ziaul implemented a prototype of a lock that opened only after someone use a particular knocking pattern. Although the idea was good, and the prototype was working, the jury suggested to develop further the use case. After that, it might be converted into a commercial product.

Bionic Gloves

Cristina, Alvaro and Amr were working in what is perhaps, one of the most challenging projects that has been developed in Oulu Science Hack Days: build a bionic arm for a child who does not has a hand. They wanted that their glove look a little bit more natural than existing ones. During the development they realize of the complexity of the task, but at the end they manage to have a small proof of concept which allow to control 3 fingers without the need of an external electronics or mechanics. 

Intelligent washing labels

Peetu and Karri were testing during the whole weekend different technologies to embed simple electronics to clothes' labels. Their main goal is that those labels should be able to be washed up. In the end, they managed to present different materials and manufacturing techniques that might work when fabricating this kind of labels. 

Last updated: 19.11.2019