With the recent launch of our REFLEX platform, we thought we’d have a little fun this fall and throw the town a Hardware Hackathon to test out new “triggering” applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). As an advantageous startup, most of our team members have participated or contributed to a hackathon in the past, so we put our heads together and mapped out a solid weekend of hacking over September 12th-14th in Milwaukee, WI.
A little background on the host, Scanalytics provides consumer insights to businesses through proprietary floor sensors that analyze foot traffic to identify patterns and trends in behaviors. Our intelligent mat can understand how many people are coming in and out of a room, what their paths look like or how long it takes them to approach a product, among many other valuable insights. To keep the innovation moving forward, we opened up our API to allow integration with existing people-counting technologies to help complement and engage within the industry. After experiencing early success in this experiment, we started connecting anything and everything that collects information to the platform to enable “smart” interactivity.