Raspberry Pi Roundup: Watching for the meter-reader, driving Lego cars and sweet art

0 Posted by - 29th October 2016 - Technology

Being a person that lives in San Francisco, we’re reliably informed, is one of the best ways to spend lots of money, while simultaneously competing with other persons for very limited living space. The situation is much the same for cars, apparently, because one clever San Franciscan developed a Raspberry Pi-based gadget to help him hold onto parking spaces for as long as possible.

The resident parking spaces near developer John Naulty’s home in the Castro have a two-hour limit, but he realized that those two hours didn’t start until San Francisco’s parking enforcement interceptors – distinctive little vehicles that monitor parked cars – drove past and noted his position.

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So, using a Raspberry Pi as the local brains, a Pi camera as an eyeball, and AWS, EC2 and the TensorFlow open-source machine learning framework to recognize parking interceptors, Naulty developed a system that would alert him when his car’s position had been noted and start the two-hour countdown to the next move.

This being San Francisco, Naulty will doubtless develop this system into a startup that makes populist promises about parking for the people, and ultimately sell it to the city for more efficient enforcement.

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Having a dedicated camera is mostly the preserve of the professional, these days, since everybody’s got a pretty spiffy camera baked into the smartphone that they’re carrying with them at all times. But what are they doing on those smartphones? Mostly looking at .gifs. What can’t most smartphone cameras do? Shoot their own gifs!

Thankfully, Hackaday reports that designer Nick Brewer has created a Raspberry Pi Zero-based standalone camera that can be used to capture gifs directly. Our long national nightmare of not being able to instantaneously gif the world around us is over.

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