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Microsoft's new Image Stitching tool works really well

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Microsoft research released a new photo stitching tool. It was very easy to take a collection of images I took in Paris and turn them into a panorama which it then uploaded to the PhotoSynth site.

You can view the result here:-

Paris Panorama in Photosynth

And you can get the tool that created it here.

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Digital Twin are an online representation of a real world object, a copy of its properties in the digital world and a way to send updated and commands to it. In effect I've been making them for years but now they have a trendy name.

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Why smarthomes are hard

Why automated learning is hard for a smart home. The perils of over-fitting, under-fitting and how the general unpredictable nature of life makes it hard to build a system that learns your behavior.

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Photos from a trip to Iceland pre-pandemic.

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Bird photos

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Logistic function - convert values to probabilities

Another super useful function for handling sensor data and converting to probabilities is the logistic function 1/(1+e^-x). Using this you can easily map values onto a 0.0-1.0 probability range.

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ATAN curve for probabilities

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The Internet of Dogs

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Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk on the fence today

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Web site crawler and link checker (free)

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Smart home energy savings - update for 2010

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