Read the full article here: www.reporterherald.com. Excerpted below.
A camera mounted on the side of their house and a homemade computer program are the nuts and bolts behind the service, called Train Alert, which launched its first version Dec. 8.
Train Alert automatically sends out tweets and web alerts to subscribers with estimated times an oncoming train will arrive at major street crossings in Loveland and Fort Collins.
All elements of the Train Alert system are homemade and low-cost, the couple said. Keeping the cost low was “a fun challenge,” Kathy Haselmaier said.
Jim Haselmaier, who has some background in engineering and software development, used open-source image analysis software and a program he wrote himself in the programming language Python to create the train monitor. The image analysis “routines,” which he obtained from an online library called Open CV, do “some basic but astonishingly cool tasks,” Haselmaier said.
“Robots in the operating room. Algorithms that act like personal DJs. Trucks that drive themselves. . . . From Hollywood to the surgical suite, machine learning technology is now poised to disrupt sectors that seemed safe from automation just a few years ago.” Follow this link to an interesting CBC Day6 radio program: www.cbc.ca/radio/day6
An interesting 36-minute video by Fran Blanche: youtube.com
“Rarer Than A Moon Rock…. Deadlier Than Plutonium… It’s The NIMO Digital Display Tube! As far as I know this is the first and only time that an operational NIMO has ever been presented on YouTube. A FranLab Vintage Technology First! ” — Fran Blanche
This Metafilter post is based on a Register article about Built-in obsolescence.
I’ve posted it here because I think the Metafilter user comments are interesting and this whole area could provide some SPAUG meeting discussion topics.
“JeffHK makes videos about being the Third Mate aboard the OOCL Atlanta.