TF Microcontroller Challenge: Droop, There It Is

Repo for this project here! A seasoned gardener can diagnose plant stress by visual inspection. For our entry to the Tensorflow Microcontroller Challenge, we chose to highlight the issue of water conservation while pushing the limits of computer vision applications. Our submission, dubbed “Droop, There It Is” builds on previous work to identify droopy, wilted plants. Drought stress in plants typically manifests as visually discernible drooping and wilting, also known as plasmolysis, indicating low turgidity or water pressure....

 · 5 min · Terry Rodriguez & Salma Mayorquin

Scraping Smarter with Content Filtering

Scrapy is a powerful web scraping framework and essential tool for building machine learning datasets. For sites with simple structure, scrapy makes it easy to curate a dataset after launching a spider. Check out the tutorials in scrapy’s documentation. To train a poster similarity model, we first gathered hundreds of thousands of movie posters. More concretely, when scraping 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