Let’s create new senses for ourselves! Leverage Neosensory’s Buzz haptic wristband and Edge Impulse’s machine learning platform to create powerful new sensory perceptions.
Build applications on any BLE-enabled platform, whether it’s a mobile phone or an Arduino to stream and encode sensory information on Buzz. Whether you want to feel sensor data about the health of your beehives, sense the temperature of surrounding objects, or feel satellites flying overhead, the sky’s not even the limit!
Add Edge Impulse’s platform into the mix to create even more powerful experiences that leverage machine learning—opening the ability to win the Edge Impulse prize and giving yourself an “edge” for the grand prize.The tech you will use
The Neosensory Buzz Haptic Wristband
Built upon the neuroscientific principles of sensory substitution and augmentation, Buzz is a wristband designed for creating new senses by encoding data streams through 4 vibration actuators in low-latency real-time.
Out of the box, Buzz runs an algorithm for converting sound from the environment to a vibrational representation around the wrist using a built-in microphone—an application primarily useful for those who are deaf, those who want to maintain acoustic environmental awareness while wearing hearing protection or headphones, and beyond.
More importantly, Buzz makes it easy for developers who want to build their own sensory augmentation applications through the wristband. By leveraging a simple API and SDKs, developers can effortlessly control the 4 vibrational units on Buzz in real-time via any connected device with Bluetooth Low Energy—whether it's a mobile phone or Arduino.
This opens up a limitless set of amazing possibilities for expanding sensory perception.
You could classify the emotion of incoming speech sound and convey it as a haptic aid for people with autism, classify animal calls and let users feel their sounds when walking through different environments, build an app that creates a companion tactile experience when a parent is reading a story to a child, recognize yoga poses and help yogis improve their posture, and beyond.
While the possibilities may seem overwhelming, here are some great areas to focus on:
- Biofeedback: can you measure physiological signals and provide feedback through Buzz to improve the human experience?
- Body-incorporation of other systems: can you map signals measured from complex systems (e.g. a drone or a factory) so that they become an extension of you?
- Accessibility: can you create impactful applications that improve the quality of life for people with deficits, disorders, or disabilities?
Of course, if you have a killer idea that falls outside any of these areas, that’s fantastic, too!
How it works
- Come up with a brilliant idea for the contest (no pressure!)
- Register for the contest. Upon registering, you'll receive a fantastic discount code for purchasing Neosensory Buzz
- Apply for hardware or buy your Buzz
- Build your idea and share it with the world to secure the popular vote.
- Participate in the office hours and webinars that we will run throughout the contest to help you create amazing entries (be sure to sign up on the mailing list)
- Submit your entry by January 15, 2021 by 11:59 pm PST
- The top 5 entries will be invited to pitch their projects to our talented panel of celebrity judges
- Winners will be announced on January 30, 2021 by 4:00pm PST
Register for this contest within November to receive a special and ultra-rare coupon code discount for $100 off (wristband valued at $399), and note that the coupon is only valid for November.
Also note: Neosensory officially ships to US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Check the FAQ's if you reside outside of these areas.
As part of our prize package, Neosensory is offering its "Built for Buzz" mentorship program to help winning contestants take their projects to market.
We have a delectable range of prizes available--from stylish t-shirts, signed copies of David Eagleman's new book, Livewired, and all the way up to our $1,000 USD grand prize (payable in Bitcoin if you'd like!).
The grand prize is for the contestant who takes their project the farthest according to our judging criteria. Build an outstanding, impactful, and well-executed sensory augmentation application that dazzles for a shot at this prize.
$1,000 USD (Choice of Bitcoin, PayPal, or Giftcard), various company swag, and eligibility for Neosensory's "Built for Buzz" mentoring program (see contest overview for more details)
This prize will be awarded to the entry that make the most ingenious use of the Edge Impulse platform. How best can you leverage the Edge Impulse developer platform for the most impact?
$300 USD (Choice of Bitcoin, PayPal, or Giftcard), Edge Impulse swag, and eligibility for Neosensory's "Built for Buzz" mentoring program (see contest overview for more details)
Two prizes will be awarded for submissions that meet all the judging criteria and really "wow" our judges.
$200 USD (Choice of Bitcoin, PayPal, or Giftcard), and eligibility for Neosensory's "Built for Buzz" mentoring program (see contest overview for more details)
Share your entry with the world! Tweet, post to the 'gram, or shout about it from the rooftops. The project with the most likes will win!
$300 USD (Choice of Bitcoin, PayPal, or Giftcard)
All Qualified projects submitted before the cut off date are eligible for participation prizes from our swag grab bag. Up for grabs are Edge Impulse and Neosensory stickers, t-shirts, or signed copies of Neosensory co-founder Dr. David Eagleman’s book Livewired.
Our judging panel made up of industry experts will be announced shortly
Applications and/or hardware devices.
The only requirement is that Neosensory’s Buzz hardware is used. Projects leveraging Edge Impulse will gain 30 bonus points towards winning the grand prize and will qualify for the Edge Impulse prize. You can view the judging criteria and full rules here.Neosensory
Neosensory develops wearable devices and techniques for expanding perception. To further understand the spirit of what we’re going on about, check out neuroscientist and Neosensory Co-Founder and CEO Dr. David Eagleman’s TED Talk “Can we create new senses for humans?”
Read David’s Neosensory blog post about what developers should consider when designing new sensory experiences.
Learn more about our cross-platform API and SDKs with our getting started guide
Follow along with tutorials exploring extra senses using Buzz.
Chat with fellow developers: join the Neosensory developer slack.Edge Impulse
Edge Impulse are on a mission to enable developers to create the next generation of intelligent devices. Edge Impulse was designed for software developers, engineers and domain experts to solve real problems using machine learning on edge devices without a PhD in machine learning. Their intuitive and flexible cloud based UI enables even beginners to leverage the power of machine learning in minutes.
Get Started with the Edge Impulse developer platform sign up for a free account.
Dive into the documentation on Edge Impulse.
Check out the Edge Impulse example projects and be inspired.
Discuss with fellow developers on the Edge Impulse forum.
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Neosensory creates wearable technologies for empowering people with new senses—built on the neuroscience of sensory substitution and addition. Our research began with the idea that our experience of reality can go beyond our sensory limitations. In 2013, Scott Novich, then a PhD student, and Professor David Eagleman set out to create a general sensory substitution device: the VEST. The project garnered massive attention and in 2015, with the support of True Ventures, it was spun out of the lab into an independent company.
We focus on sending data streams to the brain via the sense of touch. With so much unused real estate on the body, the skin presents huge potential for the delivery of new information. We have built the world’s first technology that enables people to listen with their skin.
Our team is inspired by the transformative technology we are building. We are dedicated to making a meaningful social impact with our sound-to-touch products.
Edge Impulse is the leading development platform for machine learning on edge devices, free for developers and trusted by enterprises.
Edge Impulse was designed for software developers, engineers and domain experts to solve real problems using machine learning on edge devices without a PhD in machine learning.
Founded in 2019 by Zach Shelby and Jan Jongboom, we are on a mission to enable developers to create the next generation of intelligent devices. We believe that machine learning can enable positive change in society, and we are dedicated to support applications for good.
Gain reputation points!
Earn reputation points for participating in this contest:
- Submit an application to receive a free device: 5 points
- Your submitted hardware application wins: 50 points
- Submit a project entry: 10 points
- Submit a project entry 30 days before the deadline: 50 points
- Be among the first 10 to submit a project entry: 50 points
- Your submitted project entry wins the contest: 250 points
November 5, 2020 at 10:00AM PT
Applications for hardware close
November 20, 2020 at 11:59PM PT
Hardware recipients announced
November 25, 2020 at 11:59PM PT
January 15, 2021 at 11:59PM PT
Winners announced by
Jan 30, 2021