Inspiration

Walking around the hackathon, I was amazed at how many people were using Arduinos to run their projects. I decided to make an alternative that had more sensors and was cheaper.

What it does

It is a platform that allows data from all of a phone's sensors to be uploaded to the cloud in real-time and be used to power apps. The sensors that it has include GPS, gyroscope, and proximity.

How I built it

I used app inventor to code a small app to take data from the phone's sensors and upload it to Google's Cloud Storage servers, then I wrote a front end to take that data and visualize it. The front end is written with Bootstrap, HTML5, and JQuery and uses Google's Maps, Charts, and Firebase APIs.

Challenges I ran into

It was hard to get the data from the gyroscope to display properly, so that part took me the longest. I also had to learn Google's Maps, Charts, and Firebase APIs from scratch.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Getting the database to work well and update in real-time, and getting the APIs to work properly.

What I learned

I learned a lot about Google's APIs, and learned a lot about how to use databases, as I have never used one before.

What's next for PhoneSensor

More features, including the ability to manipulate the screen of the phone via the computer, and implementing more sensors.

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