Scraping Smarter with Content Filtering

Scrapy is a powerful web scraping framework and essential tool for building machine learning datasets. When a site has a particularly simple structure, scrapy makes it easy to get a spider running to build up a curated dataset. Check out the tutorials in scrapy’s documentation. For example, to train a poster similarity model, we first needed to gather many movie posters. Consider trying to scrape IMDb.com.We may be interested in gathering posters from <img> tags under <div> tags with the class "poster"....

 · 3 min · Terry Rodriguez & Salma Mayorquin

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

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