HTC Vive - 2 Months After

Virtual Reality, HTC Vive Having received my HTC Vive just over two months ago, I believe now is a good time to capture my thoughts on the experience. Since launch, Valve has released several updates to SteamVR that noticeably improve the reliability and ease of use of the platform. I…

Raspberry Pi Zero NES Emulator

Being the electronics hoarder that I am, once the Raspberry Pi Zero was announced, I immediately wanted to get one. As usual, I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted one. Somewhere during what seemed like the 2nd or 3rd production…

Amazon Echo, Echo

First of all, refer to my Jasper Article if you wish to get a little background on my voice controlled assistant adventures. Having successfully hacked together a working implementation of Jasper on one of my Raspberry Pi's, I was still wanting for a better solution. Primary issues being accuracy of…

Industrial Internet of Things

On behalf of my employer, Owens-Illinois, I attended a conference titled The Automation Conference in Chicago, IL. While automation is a broad topic, this conference seemed centered on the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT. I must admit, this is what peaked my interest as I've been playing with the…

Jasper, Make Me A Sandwich!

Here is a brief synopsis of my experience with Jasper, the open source platform for developing always-on, voice-controlled applications. Contents Background STT Engines TTS Engines Opinion Background While these types of devices have been around for a while, the announcement of the Amazon Echo way back when brought the feasibility…