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Hack Upstate 2020: Is the mail here yet (2nd place winner) (Tensorflow/OpenCV)

For Hack Upstate’s 2020 virtual Hackathon I created “Is My Mail Here Yet?”. This was my first time using Tensorflow and OpenCV.

Inspiration:

I missed an important package from Fedex.

What it does:

This project emails you when Fedex or UPS are here.

How I built it:

Python script and lots of reading.

Challenges I ran into:

  • Tensorflow seems only support CUDA 10 while I have CUDA 11 installed.
    • To rectify this issue I spun up an ubuntu virtual machine, this didn’t help because Tensorflow will run on the GPU unless you set the environment variables.
  • My WYZE cam’s beta firmware is definitely in beta:
    • The RTSP stream it gave me produced many dropped frames that caused my program to receive empty or incomplete frames which resulted in hard to originate crashes.

Accomplishments that I’m proud of:

This was my first time using Tensorflow or OpenCV.

What I learned:

Learned how to use Google’s Teachable Machine, Tensorflow, OpenCV.

What’s next for Is the mail here yet?

Pushing it to run on an ESP32 and check for USPS.

Built With:

  • opencv
  • python
  • tensorflow

My demo video for Hack Upstate XV:

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