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Labeling images directly on Google Colab (colaboratory)

TL; DR: I like Google Colab (Colaboratory) and I use it quite a lot because that way I can work during the night without waking up my wife with my laptop’s crazily loud gpu fan noises. Not so long ago I wrote a post where I shared two notebooks that allowed the user to save images and sounds directly from your webcam / mic to use inside a colab notebook.

Now, I put everything together in a python module and I added a super cool way to label images directly from a colab notebook! I’m not 100% sure, but I couldn’t find anything like that after googling a lot.

Here is one example where I added some labels to an image captured from my webcam using a colab notebook:

colab_utils labeling example

For more details I suggest you to go straight to the colab_utils repo.

Creating Singularity containers from local Docker images

TL; DR: Singularity containers are like Docker containers that don’t force you to be root to run them. Ok, if you want a better explanation, I suggest this presentation or just try searching for it.


Interactively playing with MNIST

My interactive MNIST toy running on a Jupyter notebook

The very first example you use to introduce neural nets to students nowadays is always something based on MNIST handwritten numbers. Therefore, I decided to create an interactive notebook where you can directly draw your digits to test your brand new trained neural net.


Loading code directly from git (or anywhere actually) inside a Jupyter cell

I may be getting used to short posts, but here it comes: this will be another zippy one! The other day, I realized something quite interesting about the Jupyter notebook (in fact, it comes from IPython…) magic %load. You can use it with an URL!


Direct access to your webcam and microphone inside Google Colab notebook

Ok, this is a straight to the point post! In previous posts I explained how to save an image directly from your webcam. However, that method was using OpenCV and it can only access hardware connected to the host (where the Jupyter notebook server is running). One classic example where you can’t access a webcam directly is Google Colaboratory. As I said at the beginning, you can only access the hardware from host, so the microphone also will not be available. Javascript to the rescue!


An UPDATED TensorFlow docker image to rule them all

TensorFlow+OpenCV+Access to local HD+docker


Testing my new TensorFlow / OpenCV / etc. docker image

My last post was all about creating a TensorFlow docker image that would work with OpenCV, inside a Jupyter notebook, creating external windows, accessing the webcam, saving things using the current user from host, etc. All that hard work had a reason: use the newest version of TensorFlow for computer vision. So, let’s try it!

First results from my TensorFlow docker image
Without the hat and the measuring tape, it was 0.9 for mask :disappointed_relieved:.


A TensorFlow docker image to rule them all

TensorFlow+OpenCV+Access to local HD+docker


3D Printer Bed Leveling - The Blu-Tack way!

Last month, I decided to sell my good ol’ 3D printer, a HobbyKing incarnation (Turnigy Fabrikator Mini) of the TinyBoy V1, to buy a delta one.

Linear Delta 3D Printer
My new Linear Delta 3D Printer working and working and working...


How to reset your Windows 7, 8 or 10 password without black magic

Currently, I’m a last year Robotics / Artificial Intelligence Ph.D candidate (don’t be shy, have a look at my publications), father of a 7-yrs-old boy and I’m living abroad with my family since 2013. So, life is quite busy, a little bit stressful and it happens that, sometimes, I simply forget things. The other day, I was setting up a new Dell laptop (I’ve bought it really, really cheap from their UK outlet, free delivery and I even got an extra student discount!) that came with Windows 10 and, as always, I created a very hard to guess password. It was so hard to guess that I forgot it after a week! And that’s how the idea for this post began.

How to recover your windows password
This webpage was not helpful in my situation.