3-2-1-Go! Get ready for the ecomhack Berlin 2015

With just one day to go until the next ecomhack Berlin, we’d like to give you an overview of the partner APIs and devices available at the hackathon so you know what’s waiting for you. Please note, that besides these you’re free to use any other technology of your choice in your hack.

We will have Apple Watch devices available at the ecomhack.

To hack your app for WatchOS, you need XCode and download the WatchKit:

Get started here:

The bt.tn Button is the worlds most simple user interface – and it’s directly connected to the internet. Therefore it’s only up to your imagination on what you want to use it for. The integration is easy – just register a webhook on the btn.tn server which is executed when your specific button is pressed, and the signal will be forwarded to your own application.

Get started with the API here:

https://my.bt.tn/api/

In this Github Repository, you will find a working application example from a previous hack, which demonstrates how to use a bt.tn to place a simple order with the commercetools API:

https://github.com/sphereio/btn-hack

The commercetools platform (previously “SPHERE.IO”) provides a secure and fast API, which allows you to build and maintain your e-commerce applications such as your webshop or your mobile app using the languages and SDKs you like. It’s designed to give merchants the highest availability and scalability.

Developer documentation: dev.sphere.io/

Code samples & SDKs: github.com/sphereio/

Contact & support: Help Center Members of the commercetools core team will be available during the entire event to answer all your questions.

Contentful is a content management system that allows for platform-agnostic publishing on any kind of device. Unlike traditional web CMS vendors, Contentful separates content from presentation layer, structures content in a modular way, and delivers content via an application programming interface (API) in a developer-friendly format. This makes it really simple for companies to publish editorial content on smartphones, tablets, and any other new smart device.

Companies using Contentful includes Nike, Playboy, Asics, Teehan+Lax, Nasty Gal, and Jack In The Box. Contentful is headquartered in Berlin and is working with leading agencies around the world to bring the future of publishing to publishers, brands, ecommerce shops and any company that needs to reach their audience across platforms and devices. To read more, visit www.contentful.com.

The latest blog post gives a very good overview of the advantages Contentful offers:

https://www.contentful.com/blog/2015/10/22/contentful-a-content-platform/

Estimote produces wireless sensors based on Bluetooth LE technology, using iBeacon and other protocols. With its Beacons, stickers and their SDKs, developers can create cool new real-world applications. We’ve talked about Estimote in our blog a while ago, make sure to check it out.

Pre-Requisits to develop Apps with the beacons:

  • 1 x Mac computer with Xcode 7.
  • 1 x iPhone (4S or newer) or iPad (3rd gen or newer) to run the application.
  • 1 x Estimote Account (sign up here).
  • 1 or (ideally) more Estimote Beacons. We will have Estimote Developer Kits available at the ecomhack genius bar.

API documentation: estimote.com/api/

Demo source code: github.com/Estimote/

Developer portal: http://developer.estimote.com/

Community portal: http://community.estimote.com/

Forum: https://forums.estimote.com/

Contact & support: Piotr Krawietz (@heypiotr, available remotely during the hackathon)

The Google Glass is an Android-based headset, like glasses, which are connected to the internet, and allows you to develop augumented reality applications and more.

We will have one Google Glass available at the ecomhack.

Get started here with the Glass Development Kit:

https://developers.google.com/glass/develop/overview

To give you a headstart, we developed an application that demonstrates how a future commerce application could work on Google Glass and interact with our commercetools API:

https://github.com/sphereio/google-glass-demo logo_white-55e414d63330f9491f0a5727f0edabb6.png

Leap Motion is an affordable next generation 3D Controller which recognizes and tracks hands, fingers and finger-like tools. The device operates in an intimate proximity with high precision and tracking frame rate and reports discrete positions, gestures, and motion.

You can simply plug it into your Mac or PC and use it instead of a mouse – or you can develop sophisticated Virtual Reality Apps.

We will have one Leap Motion Controller available at the hackathon – what will you build?

You can check out the documentation and download the SDKs for several languages and frameworks such as Unity / C#, Unreal Engine, JavasScript and more here:

https://developer.leapmotion.com

The Parrot Bebop Drone is a robust and powerful quad copter drone that is suitable for outdoor and indoor applications. It comes equipped with a powerful 14mpx fisheye camera and has it’s own Wifi access point on board!

It’s also fully open source programmable via an API – you can develop apps for iOS, Android, Arduino, Node.JS and more, or for one of the Virtual Reality devices we have available at the ecomhack.

Get started here with the SDK documentation:

http://developer.parrot.com/docs/bebop/#general-information

Three Parrot Bebop Drones are also the 2nd prize at the hackathon (you don’t have to use it in your hack to qualify for the prize).

Relayr is bringing it’s Wunderbar to the ecomhack. This device consists of a number of sensors to register light, temperature etc. – take a look at this post to see what else the Wunderbar has in store for developers.

Demo source code: github.com/relayr/

API documentation: developer.relayr.io/documents/relayrAPI/Introduction

Contact & support: Khaled Osman & Marcos Sánchez-Dehesa Carballo – at the venue during the weekend

The best team in the Internet of Things (IoT) category wins up to five Wunderbars sponsored by Conrad.

Oculus Rift is a Virtual Reality Headset device that allows you to explore virtual worlds based on the Unreal and Unity Engine. The DK2 is the latest development kit for the Oculus Rift that allows developers to build amazing games and experiences. We will have 3 Oculus DK2 available at the Genius Bar.

Pre-Requisites to develop applications for the Oculus Rift:

  • register at https://id.oculus.com/US/en-US/login/register/ and download the Windows SDK
  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer, plus the DirectX platform update
  • Additionally, make sure you also have the latest GPU drivers:
  • NVIDIA Driver Version 355.83 or later
  • AMD Catalyst Display Driver Version 15.200.1062.1005 or later

https://developer.oculus.com/

https://developer.oculus.com/documentation/

The overall winner team takes home three Oculus Rift devices sponsored by Rocket Internet (you don’t have to use it in your hack to qualify for the prize).

REWE Group is adding a set of sample product data to the mix, which ecomhack participants can use to build their prototypes.

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