During my time here at Homeless Monsters, I’ve posted my fair share of questionable devices and gadgets. Sometimes people have the best of intentions, but when their idea comes to fruition, the execution just isn’t quite there. But what if the whole point of a piece of technology is for it to be a pile of garbage? NYU students Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Sam Lavigne developed a satirical event called the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon, or just Stupid Hackathon.
For its second year, the hackathon was open to the public. “The tech industry is full of self-aggrandizement and posturing,” says Lavigne. “Our hackathon, ideally, acts as a critique of the tech industry as a whole, and also a fun space to make things that aren’t constrained by solutionism.” All participants were given nine hours to come up with the dumbest ideas imaginable, and here are some of my favs:
Food that tweets every time you take a bite
An Oculus Rift app that allows you to see behind you
Holdr, the app that tells you when you’re holding your phone
Glass Vomit, a Google Glass app that makes you want to barf
An Emoji subtitle translator
Last but(t) not least, a device that generates energy by twerking
For more crazy contraptions, check out the Stupid Hackathon site.