ROS+Oak-D: Turning a depth image into a 2-D laser scan for obstacle avoidance.

When we applied to the #OpenCV Spatial AI Competition #Oak2021, the very first issue we told the organizers we were going to solve using an Oak-D stereo camera was the inability of our robot to avoid obstacles located lower than the range of its 2D lidar. Back then we had no idea how we wereContinue reading “ROS+Oak-D: Turning a depth image into a 2-D laser scan for obstacle avoidance.”

The Robotics division of SHL (SHL Robotics) joins the OpenCV AI Competition #Oak2021

We are pleased to announce that we are officially part of the second phase of the OpenCV AI Competition #Oak2021. Our team joins over 200 team selected worldwide among hundreds of participants. As a price, OpenCV and Luxonis have awarded us a certificate and a free Oak-D camera (to join the 3 others we alreadyContinue reading “The Robotics division of SHL (SHL Robotics) joins the OpenCV AI Competition #Oak2021”

Soul Hackers Labs has joined AppWorks Batch #13

When it comes to Taiwan and South East Asia, no accelerator is bigger and more impactful than AppWorks. With 275 startups accelerated, AppWorks has come to raise about US$ 222M. With their vast network of human resources, it is a no brainer to want to join them. We are happy to announce that starting JulyContinue reading “Soul Hackers Labs has joined AppWorks Batch #13”

The Internet of Things Needs a New Kind of Sensor

“I have been looking for some time for a camera to complement my smart home and I came to the conclusion that there is no product in the market that provides a decent solution for the user”, reads the introduction to a blog post I read the other day. This is particularly true of theContinue reading “The Internet of Things Needs a New Kind of Sensor”

Let Me Hear Your Voice and I Will Tell You How You Feel

Creating mood sensing technology has become very popular in recent years. There is a wide range of companies trying to detect your emotions from what you write, the tone of your voice, or from the expressions on your face. All of these companies offer their technology online through cloud-based programming interfaces (APIs). As part ofContinue reading “Let Me Hear Your Voice and I Will Tell You How You Feel”

Offline Emotion-Specific Speech-to-Text in Low-End Devices

From virtual assistants that fail to respond appropriately to distressed users, to chat bots that go racist and sexist, there is an increasing urge to embed empathy and emotions in our Artificial Intelligence. Motivated by this, I started this year working on an artificial emotional brain (hardware+software) codenamed “Project Jammin”. Two components of “Project Jammin” areContinue reading “Offline Emotion-Specific Speech-to-Text in Low-End Devices”

Detecting Emotion in Faces Using Geometric Features

Recognizing emotions in facial expressions is relatively straightforward for humans, and in recent times machines are getting better at it too. The applications of emotion-detecting computers are numerous, from improving advertising to treating depression, the possibilities are limitless. Motivated mainly by the impact in mental health that such technology can have, I started building myContinue reading “Detecting Emotion in Faces Using Geometric Features”

Facial Emotion Recognition: Single-Rule 1–0 DeepLearning

In my attempt to build Artificial Emotional Intelligence I first turned my head to Deep Learning. The main reason being its recent success at cracking Computer Vision tasks, as I am currently working on the part that detects emotions from faces (I already have the part that understands the content of our written words). SoContinue reading “Facial Emotion Recognition: Single-Rule 1–0 DeepLearning”

Thoughts on Motivation and Self-Motivated Software

Being raised by a non traditional Latin mother, I learned from an early age how to help doing the housework, I hated it nonetheless. Being married to a non traditional Vietnamese woman, she made sure that the housework was almost equally distributed between the two. At home I am in charge of washing the dishesContinue reading “Thoughts on Motivation and Self-Motivated Software”