#118 Cliff Agius, Building a Bionic Hand

Summary
Cliff Agius, software developer and airline pilot, talks about how he built a bionic hand for a 15 year old.

Details
Who he is, what he does, finding time to fly and code. Why he's building a bionic arm; cost of custom built arm. Open source bionic arm, OpenBionic; 3D printing parts, other components, motors; spare parts are easy. The control board; sensors attached to arm send signals to control board. Choosing the grip. Ada fruit board, meadow feather board. Software to design new grips. All Cliff's code is open source. Total cost of materials £500. To build your own arm with Cliff's code and design - about a weekend's work. Mass production. How to find Cliff and his work.

Links
Cliff's Github

Cliff's Twitter

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#87 Veronika Kolesnikova, Xamarin and Cognitive Services

Summary
Veronika Kolesnikova talks to me about Xamarin and Microsoft Cognitive Services.

Details
Who she is, what she does. What is Xamarin. What are cognitive services, why so many services; artificial intelligence vs machine learning vs deep learning, training models. He she got started in Xamarin; it's part of Visual Studio, SDKs and testing tools, Xamarin live player debugging on device. Why use cognitive services, examples of use. Types of cognitive services - labs, vision, face, speech, translator, language understanding intelligence service. Should I train my own model. Recommendations API. It started with Bing, how is it to use, examples. People to follow - Paige Bailey, Seth Juarez. Veronika is presenting at Visual Studio Live, Las Vegas.

Links
Veronika's twitter
Visual Studio Live, Las Vegas
Paige Bailey
Seth Juarez

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