Inspiration

Paula, Johnny, and I are all members of the Science Bowl team. To be the best team that we can be, we keep track of our buzzing statistics. However, there are a limited amount of tools to do so. You can do it the old-fashioned way using just a piece of paper and a pen, which takes forever and really holds up the game, or you could use a website, which makes it slightly easier to keep stats but still isn't the best option.

What it does

Thus, we came up with the idea to make a buzzer system with integrated statistics tracking.

How we built it

Our buzzer system is in python and runs on a raspberry pi. It gathers the information and then sends it to the website we wrote to handle the actual statistics.

Challenges we ran into

We wanted to use a GUI, so we ended up having to multithread the application. We are currently looking at other better options instead of multithreading.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We wrote most of the code in a 12 hour span, so we are very proud of that.

What we learned

We learned more about using a GUI. We also learned about how awesome SSH is.

What's next for Smart Buzz

Smart Buzz is still being worked on. We hope to have a marketable prototype in the end of May.

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