#Windows10 – Windows Vision Skills (Preview), an amazing set of AI APIs to run in the edge!

Hi!

Today’s announcement is a big one if you are interested on move AI capabilities to the Edge. The Windows team make public the preview of Windows Vision Skills framework:

Windows Vision Skills framework is meant to standardize the way AI and CV is put to use within a WinRT application running on the edge. It aims to abstract away the complexity of AI and CV techniques by simply defining the concept of skills which are modular pieces of code that process input and produce output. The implementation that contains the complex details is encapsulated by an extensible WinRT API that inherits the base class present in this namespace, which leverages built-in Windows primitives which in-turn eases interop with built-in acceleration frameworks or external 3rd party ones.

The official blog explain the basic features of the framework and describes a set of scenarios like Object Detector, Skeletal Detector, and Emotion Recognizer.

We have UWP Apps in the repo samples, and it only took 1 min to setup everything to get the App up and running. In the following image, it smoothly detects a person and a chair.

The next image is the sample for Skeletal detector (as a old Kinect dev, this really makes me happy!)

This is an big announcement, because all of this APIs are native , and that means we can easily use them in

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#AI – AI for Earth, AI tools in the hands of those working to solve global environmental challenges

Hi !

When I was in Ohio @CodeMash, I was lucky enough to meet Jennifer Marsman, Principal Engineer & speaker on the AI for Earth team at Microsoft (@jennifermarsman). She hosted an amazing session where she shared details about some projects on AI for Earth.

AI for Earth puts Microsoft cloud and AI tools in the hands of those working to solve global environmental challenges

See references

The work that the AI for Earth teams are doing are amazing, and I was really impressed by the “Mexican whale story”. The team uses image analysis to identify individual animals in regular persons photos or videos, and using meta data like date and location of a photo or a video, they can generate paths of animal migration. And yes, the photos came from public social media spaces like Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

So, I got this information as a draft for a while, and now I get some more details and it makes sense to share it. The project name is Wild Me:

Wild Me is using computer vision and deep learning algorithms to power Wildbook, a platform that can identify individual animals within a species.  They also augment their data with an intelligent agent that can mine social media. 

And as usual, a video is the best way to explain this:

Besides Wild Me, there are other amazing projects like SilviaTerra or FarmBeats. You can find the complete list of projects and challenges here (link).

Happy Coding!

Greetings @ Burlington

El Bruno

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#Office – #Clippy is back in Office for Windows and Mac (powered by #AI)

Hi !

So, after my post yesterday, about the suggestions in Outlook based on an email content, somebody asked me why they don’t see this in Outlook.

I was sharing my experience in Outlook for Mac, in Windows we can find a [Suggested Meeting] option on top of the email content.

And then, when we expand the section, we may find the related meeting information

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Office – Clippy is back in Office (powered by #AI)

Hi !

I’ve already share some of the new AI features in Office, like Excel Ideas or real-time captions / subtitles in PowerPoint.

Today I’ll switch to Office editor, to share something amazing. I added Clippy to this post title and the idea is similar to the Clippy intents a long time ago:

An AI assistant will analyze the text while you are writing it or reading it, and it will suggest actions related to this text.

A single image is the best way to show this

I received this email last week and I notice that part of the text was automatically highlighted and show an amazing suggestion. It seems that the Word, Outlook editor is becoming more and more intelligent.

And I’m really looking forward to some extensibility SDK, so someone can really bring back Clippy at 100%

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Office – Ideas Tool para Microsoft Excel basado en AI (#Excel, #AI)

Buenas !

Hoy voy a cambiar a Excel para compartir algunas de las otras increíbles características de Inteligencia Artificial en Microsoft Office: Excel Ideas.

Excel Ideas es esta nueva herramienta que tenemos en Excel que nos permitirá obtener algunas ideas sobre información seleccionada en una hoja de trabajo. Para utilizar esta herramienta, necesitamos seleccionar un conjunto de datos y hacer clic en el botón [ideas] en la cinta de opciones

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Para escribir este post, he descargado un conjunto de muestra de datos espaciales de SpatialKey (ver referencias). El archivo de seguro de muestra contiene 36.634 registros en Florida para 2012 de una compañía de muestra que implementó un plan de crecimiento agresivo en 2012. Hay columnas de valor asegurado total (TIV) que contienen TIV de 2011 y 2012, por lo que este conjunto de datos es ideal para probar la característica de comparación. Este archivo tiene información de dirección que puede elegir para geocodificar, o puede usar la latitud/longitud existente en el archivo.

Una vez que seleccioné el conjunto completo de datos, es bueno ver las siguientes ideas

Si usted es un usuario de PowerBI, este tipo de información y análisis será familiar. Para mí es bueno ver que tenemos estas capacidades en un solo clic en una herramienta popular como Excel.

Hay más de + 40 Insights y es agradable para navegar por ellos y encontrar que en el Condado de Miami Dade, el deducible del sitio es mayor para las construcciones de marco de acero y hormigón armado.

Microsoft Excel Ideas Sample 03

Con 2 clic podemos analizar algunos datos abiertos relacionados con el tráfico en Ontario y ver cómo el tráfico aumenta lentamente en Hwy 69 desde 1988 hasta 2010.

Microsoft Excel Ideas Sample 04

Una herramienta increíble dentro de Excel para obtener rápidamente información sobre nuestros datos.

Happy coding!

Saludos @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Office – Ideas Tool for Microsoft Excel powered by AI (#Excel, #AI)

Hi !

Today I’ll switch to Excel to share some of the other amazing AI features embedded in Microsoft Office: Excel Ideas.

Excel Ideas is this new tool we have in Excel which will allow us to get some insights about the selected information in a worksheet. In order to use this tool, we need to select a set of data and click the [Ideas] button in the Ribbon.

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In order to write this post, I downloaded a sample set of spatial data from SpatialKey (see references). The sample insurance file contains 36,634 records in Florida for 2012 from a sample company that implemented an agressive growth plan in 2012. There are total insured value (TIV) columns containing TIV from 2011 and 2012, so this dataset is great for testing out the comparison feature. This file has address information that you can choose to geocode, or you can use the existing latitude/longitude in the file.

Once I selected the full set of Data, is nice to see the following insights

If you are a PowerBI user, this type of information and analysis will be familiar. To me is nice to see that we have this capabilities in a single click in a popular tool like Excel.

There are over +40 insights and it’s nice to browse them and find that in Miami Dade County, the site deductible is higher for Steel Frame and Reinforced Concrete constructions.

Microsoft Excel Ideas Sample 03

With 2 click we can analyze some Open Data related to traffic on Ontario and see how the traffic slowly increases in Hwy 69.

Microsoft Excel Ideas Sample 04

An amazing tool inside Excel to quickly get insights on our data.

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

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#Office – Uno de los mejores ejemplos de uso de #AI con #Powerpoint (luego llegará el de Excel en mobile)

Buenas  !

Cuando hablamos de Inteligencia Artificial, hay muchos ejemplos que podemos utilizar para demostrar las capacidades de AI (Artificial Intelligence). En lo personal, siempre prefiero utilizar ejemplos que sean fácilmente trasladados a nuestro día a día. Es por eso que la opción [Design Ideas] en PowerPoint es uno de los mejores ejemplos que suelo utilizar.

En la siguiente animación podemos ver como partiendo de una simple Slide con 3 elementos de texto, [Design Ideas] nos presenta una serie de estilos aplicados sobre la slide original que realmente mejoran nuestra presentación. Es interesante mencionar que además de agregar un estilo visual a la Slide, también agrega iconos para cada uno de los 3 bullets, que están relacionados con el contenido de los mismos.

Powerpoint design ideas

Para que quede más claro, esta es la slide original

powerpoint slide original

Y este es el diseño propuesto.

powerpoint slide updated

El siguiente artículo sobre [Design Ideas] explica todos los escenarios en los que podemos utilizar el Designer en PowerPoint

Create professional slide layouts with PowerPoint Designer

Happy coding!

Saludos @ Toronto

El Bruno

#Office – An amazing example of the power of #AI inside #Powerpoint

Hi !

There are tons of demos about amazing using of Artificial Intelligence. I always try to choose and show the ones, who can be easily translated into our day to day experience. That´s why the option [Design Ideas] in Power Point is an amazing demo on how to use this.

In the following video, we can see how I start with a simple blank slide with 3 text bullets, and then how the [Design Ideas] tool transform this slide in a much better one, and it also even add related icons to new Design!

Powerpoint design ideas

Just in case, this is the original slide

powerpoint slide original

And this is the output

powerpoint slide updated

If you want to know more about [Design Ideas] the following article explains all the scenarios behind this

Create professional slide layouts with PowerPoint Designer

Happy coding!

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

#Event – Resources used on my session at the largest Canada makeathon: @MakeUofT [How a PoC at home can scale to Enterprise Level using #CustomVision APIs]

2019 02 16 MakeUofT Custom Vision Bruno

Hi !

What an amazing time at the Canadian Largest Makeathon: MakeUofT (https://ieee.utoronto.ca/makeuoft/). The event, people and ideas are great. And now it’s time to share some of the materials used during my session

How a PoC at home can scale to Enterprise Level using Custom Vision APIs

It all started with a DIY project to use Computer Vision for security cameras at home. A custom Machine Learning model is the core component used to analyze pictures to detect people, animals and more in a house environment. The AI processing is performed at the edge, in dedicated hardware and the collected information is stored in the cloud.

The same idea can be applied to several CCTV scenarios, like parking lots, train stations, malls and more. However, moving this into enterprise scale brings a set of challenges, which are going to be described and explained in this session.

These are the slides I’ve used

And the source code is available here

https://github.com/elbruno/events/tree/master/2019%2002%2016%20MakeUofT%20Custom%20Vision

In the source code you can find the console and Windows 10 app samples I’ve coded live and also the exported images of my custom vision demo project in windows, linux and raspberry pi flavors. The 3rd one is where I spent some time updating the original linux one to work on the small device.

And as usual a couple of interesting links

Greetings @ Toronto

El Bruno

#Event – Resources used on my @CodeMash session [How a PoC at home can scale to Enterprise Level using #CustomVision APIs]

code mash bruno session

Hi !

What an amazing time at CodeMash (http://codemash.org/). This conference is one the best experiences I’ve had so far. I’ll write a more detailed post next week, this one is to share some of the materials used during my session

How a PoC at home can scale to Enterprise Level using Custom Vision APIs

It all started with a DIY project to use Computer Vision for security cameras at home. A custom Machine Learning model is the core component used to analyze pictures to detect people, animals and more in a house environment. The AI processing is performed at the edge, in dedicated hardware and the collected information is stored in the cloud.

The same idea can be applied to several CCTV scenarios, like parking lots, train stations, malls and more. However, moving this into enterprise scale brings a set of challenges, which are going to be described and explained in this session.

These are the slides I’ve used

And the source code is available here

https://github.com/elbruno/events/tree/master/2019%2001%2010%20CodeMash%20CustomVision

In the source code you can find the console and Windows 10 app samples I’ve coded live and also the exported images of my custom vision demo project in windows, linux and raspberry pi flavors. The 3rd one is where I spent some time updating the original linux one to work on the small device.

And as usual a couple of interesting links

Greetings @ Sandusky, Ohio

El Bruno