Two of the biggest challenges when making video calls at home is to:
One solution to the first challenge is to use a teleprompter.
Teleprompters are used by television studios to show the speaker’s text in a one-way mirror, and behind the mirror is a camera that films the speaker. …
First of all, you need a system that can take sensor information and translate it into data to be processed. There are multiple options for that, but in this tutorial, we will look at a simple and cost-effective solution called Gravio.
If you don’t have Gravio yet, you get it in three easy steps:
At Asteria, we are passionate about connecting the world. Our latest product, Gravio is designed to bridge the potential of the physical world with the power of software. We worked closely with our partner Kortical, a provider of AI and in London to test how far we can push it combining their AI/ML SaaS platform with our sensor data gathered with Gravio.
We wanted to find out how accurately we can predict the number of people in an office based on just one door sensor that detects door openings.
We also wanted to explore how the accuracy can be improved…
This is a generic tutorial on how to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on a Raspberry Pi 4 including hooking it up to Wifi.
To give some context: the reason I wanted to set up the device is to run Gravio on it. Gravio is the IoT platform by Asteria Corporation, Japan. The vision of Gravio is to become an “Operating System for the Physical Space” by enabling everybody to create applications without any programming or software engineering knowledge.
In order to get Gravio on the Raspberry Pi 4, we need to start with installing the 64 bit Ubuntu:
We believe hackathons and workshops are a great way to explore new ideas that often span industries and lead to unexpected discoveries. We have had exclusive access to Asteria’s IoT Gravio platform. And since it comes out of the box with a number of sensors and smart devices, as well as an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning layer, our latest hackathon in the UK was dedicated to IoT.
But I have found that with Gravio.com, there is a great alternative, that allows you to connect low energy consumption buttons (up to 2 years on one button battery) to any API you would wish to. It’s not a free service, but at £3.99 a month for 4 sensors of your choice, it’s quite affordable.
Earlier this year, on a boring night at home, I happened to stumble across a documentary on TV. It was about a burglar, who decided to quit burglary. He told his story, how he got into it, how to become a successful burglar, how to choose victims, where to find the valuables and how to not get caught.
Then the interviewer asked the most fundamental of all questions: What is the best protection against burglars? The answer was surprising and obvious at the same time. According to this burglar, hands down, the best protection against a burglar is a dog…
In January this year we at This Place published an article about our initiative to research the potential of Blockchain technology. In order to illustrate its potential, we will frequently publish new ideas. It is important to understand that the potential of the technology goes beyond just cryptocurrencies. In fact, we believe that the technology will soon exceed the significance of the world wide web.
One of the key features of Blockchain technology is that it enables us to map trust. Because the networked nodes of computers use an algorithm to ensure consensus that the data they host commonly in…
We live in a world with an excess of software. It is not uncommon to have three or four ride-hailing apps installed on the phone. And more than likely, the ride-hailing app that survives is the one that customers enjoy the most — the software with the best design and user experience.
At This Place, we believe that the success of any software is dependent on designing a remarkable user experience.
Exploring the potential of new technologies is integral to who we are at This Place. Whether it’s a prototype in Virtual Reality technology or the mind reading user interface…
Today, as consumers we are truly spoilt for choice. Yet, somewhat paradoxically, all this choice can be quite overwhelming, and it’s not unusual for it to manifest itself in frustration at the end of a hard days’ shopping after not really finding anything suitable or satisfying our needs.
Luckily, this age of oversupply comes at the same time as modern communication technology is shifting paradigms in mass media, transforming it from a one-directional broadcasting medium into something interactive, bi-directional, even conversational. Moreover, thanks to mobile communication, consumers are now connected to the internet 24/7, wherever they may find themselves.
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