May 2018: Segmenting Cars and Roads

Lyft and Udacity teamed up to pose a challenge to Udacity's Self Driving Car students: Pixel-wise segmentation of objects (cars and road surface) from forward-facing camera data inside a simulated car. This is my May project for deep learnings 2018. Every month I tackle a new project in order to improve my knowledge and experience with machine learning. See goal here. Result: I started the challenge knowing nothing about semantic segmentation. I was certain that I would not even place in the top 100 contenders but

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My Rube Goldberg Smart Home

Like many techie new homeowners, I wanted to trick out my home with the latest and greatest in smart home gadgets. But with so many gadgets out there, where do I start? Fortunately for me I had a couple of non-techie users who could weigh in on what's important: my wife and her sister. After trying to sell them on the importance of having our lights turn on through a voice command with Alexa, the use case they keep coming back to that was truly useful

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