Google Coral Dev Board Unboxing

Check out our repo for resources on hacking the Coral EdgeTPU dev board! Earlier this year, Google released their Coral edgeTPU dev board! We were excited to get our hands on one and explore an embedded platform specifically designed for deep learning applications. The Setup Getting the dev board up and running wasn’t too complicated. It was somewhat different than setting up a pi with a raspbian image on a microSD card....

 · 6 min · Terry Rodriguez & Salma Mayorquin

Human Activity Recognition with Pose Estimation

Check out the repo and enjoy the video on YogAI and ActionAI Wanting a personal trainer to help track our fitness goals, we figured we could build our own. The goal was to build an application that could track how we were exercising and began with Yoga as a simple context. We dubbed our first iteration of this application as YogAI. We thought about the YogAI concept for some time....

 · 7 min · Terry Rodriguez & Salma Mayorquin

Editing Images With Cyclegans

GANs represent the state of the art in image-to-image translation. However, it can be difficult to acquire aligned image pairs to learn the mapping between image domains. CycleGANs introduced the “cycle consistency” constraint to learn to transfigure images, transfer style, and enhance photos from unaligned source and target domain samples. This technique has been used to render historic black & white images in full color or to represent an image in greater resolution but here, we explore applications in agriculture....

 · 2 min · Terry Rodriguez & Salma Mayorquin

Regulating Temperature Using Reinforcement Learning

Check out this repo to see how we’ve applied it. While building our home garden controller, Kindbot, the chief objective was to maintain ideal environmental conditions. Plants thrive under stable temperatures which is often a challenge for those running powerful grow lights in a small space. Let’s consider a generic microcontroller connected to a environmetal sensor breakout. Furthermore, let’s assume you can control a heating/cooling appliance via the microcontroller’s GPIO pins or through communication with a smart plug over the LAN....

 · 8 min · Terry Rodriguez & Salma Mayorquin

Alexa, where are my keys?

Alexa works well for information retrieval tasks and controlling devices on your wireless home networks. We want to use the home network to track our valuables or keys. We’ll hack cheap bluetooth low energy beacons for the network range and battery longevity and build a smart application so that Alexa knows where we left the keys. Hacking Bluetooth beacons We’ll start by exploring what we can do with cheap bluetooth beacons....

 · 7 min · Terry Rodriguez & Salma Mayorquin