Monthly Archives: July 2017

USING PI TO ALERT THAT ITS TIME FOR LUNCH

mwsLunch time is pretty much everyone’s favorite part of the day where employees abandon their desks for the company cafeteria, the break room, and in some cases, a food truck.

 

Food trucks are great because they generally park right outside of offices and employees can simply step outside and choose from a usually varied menu. But there are downsides to food trucks. This option, while very convenient, can be difficult to pinpoint and even time.

 

Most food trucks are parked outside of high traffic areas during lunch hours, but those can vary. If you are in an office that doesn’t face the road, or you don’t have a window at all, odds are you will never know when the food truck will arrive. Alternatively, you could pester your coworkers who do have a street view, but they will undoubtedly get frustrated with your continued contact on the matter.

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After tossing some ideas around, Modern Workplace Solutions came up with MoCaDeSyMo. This little red man, who’s name stands for Mobile Carbohydrate Delivery System Monitor, is mounted on the back side of a computer that faces the street. Every minute on weekdays between 10:45 and 11:30 a.m., MoCaDeSyMo takes a photo to detect if a food truck is outside. His body includes a Raspberry Pi 3 and the default Pi camera module.

 

MoCaDeSyMo uses Azure Cognative Services to predict if the truck is present on the street. After that, a Microsoft Teams connector is trigged and employees are notified that the truck has arrived.

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RASBERRY PI

The Raspberry Pi 3 with a camera module and a default Raspbian Jessie image as its operating system is essential in this alert process.  Linux was used as the base system to talk to Azure. The camera module takes a picture and crops it, focusing only on what the employees are interested in: the presence, or lack thereof, of a food truck.

 

One command is used to talk training pictures. This causes MoCaDeSyMo to take a photo every two seconds for a period of 30 seconds. This creates data to train the image recognition algorithm.

 

AZURE FUNCTION

Azure is used to upload the images to a blob storage. The Azure function is triggered with the URL of the new item in the blob storage. A Custom mws4Vision endpoint is used to predict with image recognition. The team used 77 pictures of the truck and 164 photos of the images without it to train the system.

 

By tagging the images without the truck as false, the quick test feature in the Custom Vision services gives a 100 percent false.

 

CONCLUSION

The Modern Workplace Solutions team was able to come up with a lunch solution by creating a working porotype in only a few hours using the Raspberry Pi to take photos and upload them to Azure. This is a positive outcome that shows that current technology and a bit of imagination can bring even more enjoyment to lunchtime. You can find out more about the team behind the site here or why not check out Thomy’s speaking schedule here and you can also follow him on Twitter and Linkedin

KEEP YOUR CHILD OR TEEN SAFE WITH FAMILY ORBIT

fam1Only a few years ago, parents didn’t have to keep a keen eye on their children all of the time. They trusted that their kids would be safe and would be responsible with the resources available to them. However, times have changed. Social media sites have increased many parents’ awareness of child abduction, and children and teens have increased their online presence which can be dangerous if they are easily lured by predators, bullies, or people with bad intentions.

 

Although many teens and children have become addicted to the internet, the technological age has helped create top-notch apps like Family Orbit to help families monitor and track their child’s iPhone to keep them safe and away from potentially harmful activities.

 

Family Orbit is a software specifically for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that can monitor a child’s phone without installing an app on their phone. Here are some of the features offered with the Family Orbit software and their details:

 

CALL HISTORY

Have you ever received a phone bill with outrages overage charges only to find out your child or teenager was calling their friend or significant other at all hours of the night? Instead of trying to set ground rules that will most likely be broken, you can use the software to monitor who your child or teenager called on what date for how long.

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This can also be useful if your child goes missing or your teen runs away. This is a useful way to see who they have been in touch with.

 

LOCATION HISTORY

If you are worried that your teen or child will disobey you and sneak out of the house to hang out with their friends, you don’t have to worry. Family Orbit tracks the locations your teen or child has visited, including the time and date. This can also be helpful for runaways or child abduction cases.

 

TEXT MESSAGES

You can monitor your child’s messages to be sure they aren’t involved in impermissible messages or being bullied by classmates. This feature is unique in that you can also monitor deleted SMS messages if they are sent to backup before they are deleted. You are able to also see the name and number of the person they sent the text to as well as the message.

 

PHOTOS

If you have a feeling your child could be sending or receiving inappropriate photos, you can use this software to view what has been downloaded to their phone. This allows you to take action immediately before they become involved in something they shouldn’t.

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WEB HISTORY

The online world can be a dangerous place, but you can have peace of mind with the Family Orbit software, don’t worry about your child talking to strangers online, or visiting inappropriate websites.

 

OTHER

See your child’s address book, the apps they have installed, calendar events, reminders, and messages on WhatsApp.fam4

 

You can use this software monthly for $14.95, or yearly for $89.95. For more information, or to start a free trail or purchase the software now, visit FamilyOrbit.com.

 

GET HIGH TIME RESOLUTION WITH SPECTROMETERS FOR CUTTING EDGE PHOTOSCIENCE

ultraUltrafast systems, based in Florida, offers several time-resolved spectrometers and data analysis software which can be used in several areas of research in modern photoscience including photochemistry, photophysics, nanoscience, solar energy conversion and storage and photobiology.

 

The products are state-of-the-art and user-friendly offering time resolved spectroscopy products. The Ultrafast Systems website features six different spectrometers, a data analysis software, a magnetic stripper and a translating sample holder.

 

Ultrafast Systems, LLC in Sarasota, Fla. also offers its customers its state of the art lab to use for a fee. The lab is also a location for Ultrafast System training seminars to help scientists who are relatively new to spectroscopy. A typical training group is normally five people or less.

 

For more information, or to buy a spectrometer or inquire about using the spectrometer lab, visit Ultrafast Systems online, call 941-360-2161