Inside KinectKannon – The Semi-autonomous Robotic T-Shirt Cannon

Today a I finally had some free time to write up a detailed overview on the KinectKannon. Enjoy! (The Github repository for this is github.com/sedouard/KinectKannon) – The Kinect Kannon is a semi-autonomous robotic T-Shirt that is augmented by Kinect for Windows which fires by opening a valve releasing approximately 100 PSI of CO2.   …Continue reading here.


Building Your Resume Like a Boss With CI

Introduction The full source repository can be found at github.com/sedouard/resume If you’re a developer geek like I am, you’ll want to check this out. This repository builds my resume using continuous integration. Seriously! You can find the live resume here. What other way can you show you know the agile development lifecycle by expressing it through your…


Asynchronous vs Concurrent – What it means in plain English

I often work with novice developers who are just learning or getting the hang of application development. One thing I notice time and time again is that there is this slight confusion between the concepts of asynchronousness and concurrency. Although the two are similar and overlap there are some key differences that anyone writing apps…


Continuous Delivery in Minutes with Node.js, Grunt, Mocha and Git

Modern application development now’a’days demands a rigorous continuous deliver mechanism. This is especially true when it comes to the cloud. You want to be able to get through the Build -> Measure -> Learn cycle as fast as possible. With cloud services, you can quickly create mechanisms to build, test and deploy your development team’s code. You…


A Kinect-Augmented T-Shirt Cannon

The Kinect Kannon can track targets with its skeletal tracking thanks to Kinect. It can also respond to audible sounds and turn toward the louder side of a cheering crowd! You can also manually control the cannon with an XBOX Controller. Pull both triggers and the cannon will fire a T-Shirt at your target! Check…


Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon: How to Hack and Win at It

This past week my team and I participated in the Tech Crunch Disrupt hackathon in San Francisco. If there’s one thing to know about hackathons is that now a days there are a TON. However TC Disrupt Hackathon is one of the few you should compete at if your trying to make the best use of your time….


Building Hyper Scalable Web APIs Right in Your Browser — Fast!

You find yourself at a hackathon and you need a backend for your web/native app, and you need to build a good one FAST. Use this guide to get you up and going developing and deploying your backend, in your browser so you can win at your next hackathon. This lab works for any computer and…


A Stroll Through Node: Creating a Facial Recognition App via 3rd Party APIs

This is the final post in the series, ‘A Stroll Through Node’. Often times we want to bring in some cool functionality to our apps, but we don’t have the time or resources to implement those things. Facial recgontion is an interesting functionality that could require some work to get right. However, with 3rd Party API’s we…


Video: SmartDoor, the World’s first Cloud-connected DoorBell

SmartDoor is a raspberry pi device, attached to a camera and a doorbell. I created it using Azure Mobile Services using Node.js and its running C# with mono on the device. The project utilizes Cloud Platform-as-a-Service (Paas) from Azure including Blob Storage, Service Bus Queues and Notification Hubs. This can be thought of an ‘Internet of…


Are You Personable and Love to Code? There ARE Jobs Like That!

One things I learned during my time in college was that I loved to hack and work on cool technical projects. I was also part of a social fraternity and loved to work in groups, and even ran a good amount of events and fundraisers. I loved to socialize, party, meet new people and got really…