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Using TinyML to identify farts
Using TinyML to identify farts

TLDR; Find a complete hands-on lab to build a TinyML audio classifier at github.com/microsoft/iot-curriculum/tree/main/labs/tiny-ml/audio-classifier. My 8-year-old daughter bought me “Farts - a spotters guide” - a book with some buttons down the side and when you press them, they make …

Installing Scikit-Learn on a Apple Silicon
Installing Scikit-Learn on a Apple Silicon

At the end of last year I splashed out on a shiny new Apple MacBookAir with the M1 processor as I was fed up with an old Intel-based MacBookPro that was quite honestly crippled by corporate anti-virus software. Out the box this machine is amazing. It’s ridiculously fast, and lasts for ever on …

What is edge computing, why do it, why send IoT data to the cloud?
What is edge computing, why do it, why send IoT data to the cloud?

I recently had a student reach out to me with some great questions around Edge computing and how it matches to IoT, and indeed why even use the cloud with IoT. They have to write a paper on the difference between edge computing and just using the cloud, and were researching these terms and trying to …

Recognizing words on a microcontroller using TinyML
Recognizing words on a microcontroller using TinyML

Learn how to train a TinyML word recognizer to run on a microcontroller using Azure ML Studio and the Adafruit EdgeBadge.

Save your users from typing with AI 🤖
Save your users from typing with AI 🤖

I’ve been playing a lot with the Azure Custom Vision Service - a great service to build image classification and object detection models with just a few images. To make it easier to test my models, I wanted to build a mobile app that connects to a custom vision project and uses that to …

Azure makers series
Azure makers series

I recently recorded a quick video to talk about an app I was building using the Azure free account. You can check it out here: If you want to see the code, it’s in my GitHub repo here - https://github.com/jimbobbennett/AzurePhotoSharer

Running AI models on iOS, Android and Windows using Xamarin
Running AI models on iOS, Android and Windows using Xamarin

I created a NuGet package a while ago to allow you to run models exported from the Azure Custom Vision service on iOS and Android in Xamarin apps from your cross-platform code. You can read about this here. Since then, the Custom Vision service has added ONNX export, meaning you can now run these …

Running custom vision models on a Windows device
Running custom vision models on a Windows device

Recently I wrote about creating AI models using the Azure Custom Vision Service. In these posts I looked at creating and training models, running them online, then finally exporting the models to run on iOS using CoreML and Android using TensorFlow. Recently Microsoft announced another way to export …

Describing a photo in a mobile app using Azure Computer Vision
Describing a photo in a mobile app using Azure Computer Vision

I recently gave an introduction to Xamarin talk at Imperial College, London and wanted to build a cool app to show off what you can do on mobile using the awesome Cognitive Services available on Azure. I only had about 30-40 minutes to not only introduce Xamarin, but build an app so I decided to …

Face identification with Azure Cognitive Services Face API
Face identification with Azure Cognitive Services Face API

Recently I’ve been playing with a lot AI and seeing how it can be used in mobile apps to enhance the experience offered to the user. Currently I am playing with facial recognition using the Azure Cognitive Services Face API. This is a stupidly powerful API that can do a LOT of different …

Identifying my daughters toys using AI - Part 5, Plugin for on-device models
Identifying my daughters toys using AI - Part 5, Plugin for on-device models

In the first part of this series I used the Azure Custom Vision service to create an image classifier to allow me to easily identify my daughters cuddly toys. Once created I tested it by uploading an image and seeing what tags the classifier found for the image. In the second part I accessed this …

Identifying my daughters toys using AI - Part 4, using the models offline on Android
Identifying my daughters toys using AI - Part 4, using the models offline on Android

In the first part of this series I used the Azure Custom Vision service to create an image classifier to allow me to easily identify my daughters cuddly toys. Once created I tested it by uploading an image and seeing what tags the classifier found for the image. In the second part I accessed this …