Inspiration

Inspired by how hard it is to keep awake in the early hours during a hackathon. A VSCode extension which will alternately encourage, threaten and assist you as you work through the night.

What it does

Tracks time spent not typing on VSCode. At regular intervals, will progress through five stages provided no keyboard input has been recieved:

  1. Sending a message to the IDE
  2. Texting the user's phone
  3. Ringing the user's phone
  4. Tweeting the user's browser history
  5. Making the user a coffee

How I built it

The project is built primarily in node.js. The VSCode extension is built using VSCode's own tools, the phone interfacing is provided by Twilio, Twitter's own API is used in combination with a lightweight Chrome extension, and the majority of the code runs on a Google Cloud server attached to domain.com domain lookalivesunshine.tech. Coffee machine controlled by a Raspberry Pi with software written in python.

Challenges I ran into

Difficulty getting Twilio to make phone call using a pre-recorded audio file.

Pushing Twitter code server-side proved quite complicated.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

The fact that, on a software side, all the stages have at least a basic implementation.

What I learned

Only one of us had node.js experience, and even that was minimal, so the vast majority of the node.js code. How to use the Twilio and Twitter APIs.

What's next for Look Alive, Sunshine

Improving coffee machine functionality and build quality

Improving depth of responses - i.e. better formatted tweets, possibly commenting on found history, a variety of text and phone messages etc.

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