Magic Mirror!

I’ve been pretty busy since graduation, and unfortunately a lot of the stuff I do now isn’t readily open source / public. However, I still have a laundry list of side projects that I’m steadily working through, starting with: my Magic Mirror! For those unfamiliar, a Magic Mirror is a very simple concept: put a screen of some type behind a two way mirror, and do… something with it. Display the time, the current weather, a calender, a news feed, etc. If you want to get fancy, things like voice activation and facial recognition are fun (see the GitHub repo here). I’ve been wanting to build one for several years, and never actually gotten around to it. Now that I finally have a garage and the occasional spare evening, I decided to finally cross this project off my list.

Behavioral Cloning using Keras

I finished the Behavioral Cloning project in the Udacity Self Driving Car nanodegree about a month ago, and I’ve been meaning to write about it. It was a great experience and I learned some key lessons.

Localizing + Navigating an indoor environment with LiDAR and ROS (part II)

In my previous post, I showed a video of our robot struggling to navigate to its destination. I had a few theories regarding the root cause of our issues, and my main theory was the PID controller. In this post I’ll discuss how we solved our PID control issues, and the results.

Localizing + Navigating an indoor environment with LiDAR and ROS

A few weeks ago, I posted a video of my team using LiDAR on our car to map out an indoor environment. I’m pleased to announce that the car is now a self driving car, and can successfully navigate an environment when given a starting position and a goal.