Hack your senses – Neosensory’s first developer contest

Have you been itching to hack your senses? Here’s your chance. Win a Neosensory Buzz plus a $1,000 grand prize while you’re at it!

From July 16th through September 10th, we are running a 2-stage contest. In stage one, you can submit ideas for cool apps you’d like to build with a Neosensory Buzz. Smellotouch? Expand your dog’s range of color perception? A cool tool for other developers? The opportunities to expand your umwelt are limitless!

Here’s everything you need to know when brainstorming your project.

Five stage one winners will be chosen who will receive a free Neosensory Buzz wristband. If selected, you’ll move on to stage two for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize for implementing your innovative idea that interacts with your freshly awarded Buzz.

Judging criteria

A panel of scientists and engineers at Neosensory will be judging entries based on the following factors:

  • Technical feasibility
  • Innovation and originality
  • Respect of users’ privacy
  • Ability to harness the power of Buzz technology (as per this blog post) or a useful tool for helping out your fellow sensemakers.


  • July 16th, 2020 – July 30th, 2020 (11:59pm US Pacific) – contestants can enter the competition by filling out this form 
  • August 6th, 2020 – Neosensory judges pick the five top ideas and send each developer a free Buzz to start developing with
  • September 10th, 2020 (11:59pm US Pacific) – deadline for developers to submit their final applications along with any code or assets needed for us to build, run, and test them (contact information for submission will be provided to the top five winners)
  • September 28th, 2020 – Neosensory announces the grand prize winner who will receive the $1,000 cash prize

Technical details

Developers can control the Neosensory Buzz vibrational motors over a Bluetooth low energy (BLE) wireless link to a host device (e.g. mobile phone, Arduino, etc.). 

Neosensory currently has software development kits (SDKs) available for Android and Arduino Bluefruit-compatible boards. Otherwise, our API is platform-agnostic, but will require additional Bluetooth-related legwork to get working. 

You can see the Neosensory SDK for Android tutorial here and our Arduino SDK tutorial here. Check out our blog for example projects using both the SDKs for both Android and Arduino. For technical questions and help, join our Neosensory Developer Slack.

Read about eligibility and the contest fine print here