Recently, I have been refreshing my knowledge of Machine Learning by taking Andrew Ng’s excellent Stanford Machine Learning course online. The lecture module on Neural Networks ends with an intriging motivating video of the ALVINN autonomous car driving itself along normal roads at CMU in the mid 90s.
In 2011, Smartphones are ubiquitous and everyone and his dog is writing mobile apps, but using apps when you're not in range of a fixed wifi hotspot or standing still in an urban area is often extremely frustrating.
This graph shows the result of my weekend project - it’s the temperature in my living room, logged to an app running on Google Appengine every 30s via an Arduino UNO with ethernet shield.
I spent the weekend learning how to hack hardware with Arduino - I built this mouse controlled RC car. Fun to build and fun to play with! Read the detailed HOWTO