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Hacking on a Smart Door Intercom System at DO!Hack

ThingForward at student Hackathon in Dortmund

DO!Hack is the second edition of an interdisciplinary hackathon with focus on students heading to their bachelor´s or master’s degrees and who are interested in the fields of developing, designing or electro-technical areas. And, naturally, the ThingForward crew had a teasing IoT-project prepared! We offered prototyping hardware from our set of Grove Kit components and Arduino-compatible boards.

That was the setting – read here what happened next:

The students literally rocked the whole night hacking till the break of dawn and finally presented their “Smart Door Intercom System”, an IoT-enhanced mashup, combined with the messaging platform of Twilio.

Here is the description of the system:

The Intercom constisted of an Arduino-Board with a doorbell, a door opener and a mobile phone. If you push the doorbell button - it rings. In the same moment, the board’s code starts a Twilio conference service, the mobile device starts a connection, informs the house owner on his mobile and allows him to speak to the bell ringer directly via the door Intercom system - even when not actually being at home, of course. Additionally, the house owner could remote-trigger the door opener.

Or, in fewer words: Great IoT fun for DO!hackers and our Thingforward crew!

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