Monday, June 18, 2018

Hands-on with the Pixy2 vision system via Embedded Computing Design

I love how the Arduino world just keeps growing and growing — and component size keeps shrinking and shrinking — and bringing what used to be high-end pricy features to low price electronics. — Douglas

Hands-on with the Pixy2 vision system via Embedded Computing Design

Hands-on with the Pixy2 vision system via Embedded Computing Design

 

While you undoubtedly have some familiarity with computer vision (CV), normally these systems come packaged as either an expensive industrial setup, or as something powered by your phone or an actual computer – not something that’s set up for experimentation with small robots and boards made by the likes of Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and BeagleBoard.

Pixy, the result of a collaboration between Carnegie Melon Robotics Institute and Charmed Labs, changed this in 2014 as a vision system bridging the gap between those two worlds. The originals can still be purchased for around $70, but as of late May 2018, they debuted a new device, that’s “smaller, faster, and [surprisingly] lower cost.” The aptly-named Pixy2 still tracks differently-colored objects, but ads line-following algorithms, and can even interpret simple bar codes. It also features a pair of LEDs to illuminate where it’s looking.

 

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Scene from Arduino Day LA 2018 via My Instagram

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Wi-Fi Smart Scale via Instructables

Wi-Fi Smart Scale via Instructables

Wi-Fi Smart Scale via Instructables

If it's already summer where you live, it's probably a great time for outdoor fitness activities. Running, cycling, or jogging are awesome exerciser for you to get in shape.

And if you want to lose or control your current weight, it is essential to keep a record of your results. Using a sportsband (link/link) for instance, will allow you to verify whether you are on the right track and stay motivated. But it's essential to keep record of your weight progress. And with the right tools and using a little electronics and programming, you can make your own internet connected bathroom scale! You can find several bluetooth smart scales of different manufactures online (http://bit.ly/2ioV8aH, and http://bit.ly/2znTMQz for instance). But instead of buying one, why not lose some weight by making your own gadget?

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Arduino Discussions via My Instagram

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

News: Facebook made some private posts public for as many as 14M via ABC7

This is a major reason I have always told people to expect that everything you post on FB is public. Between confusing privacy controls and errors like this, I think it is the wisest policy. Don’t post it if you wouldn’t want it public. Just a good policy on all social media. Use Telegram, Signal or something similar for “private” stuff, but even then don’t depend on anything being truly private once it is online. — Douglas


Facebook made some private posts public for as many as 14M via ABC7

News: Facebook made some private posts public for as many as 14M via ABC7

NEW YORK — Facebook says a software bug made some private posts public for as many as 14 million users over several days in May.

The problem, which Facebook says it has fixed, is the latest privacy scandal for the world's largest social media company. The company said on Thursday the bug automatically suggested that users make new posts public, even if they had previously restricted to "friends only" or another private setting.

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