Inspiration

Online conversations this day can feel a little stale. We believe wholeheartedly that human interaction should not only be convenient and accessible from anywhere, but /feel/ real.

Sometimes you're messaging someone and just need some extra oomfph!

Thwack adds an element of tactile human contact into otherwise remote conversations.

What it does

A novel way to express yourself through chat messages in a tangible manner. The next generation of emojis.

A chrome extension that detects if someone sends a ✋ emoji to your chat. If detected, it uses a particle photon controller to activate a servo that sends a hand towards a face :)

How we built it

Layered plexiglass and leather to create a realistically-textured hand, supported by a balsawood arm & stand (amply augmented with screws and tape). The arm is spring-loaded, and activated when a servo undoes a hook.

Challenges we ran into

Connecting the photon to wifi

Accomplishments that we're proud of

What we learned

What's next for Thwack

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