Last night I played around with IBM Watson Internet of Things and Bluemix cloud services platform using their developer tools. IBM changed their developer pricing policy to allow free light accounts not to expire which is a great for unlimited prototyping. I experimented with training Watson conversations dialogues and natural language understanding using their visual aid tool and the github sample codes as part of their machine learning development platform and later ran an IOT simulator using a sample NodeJs app uploaded to their cloud using cloud foundry as part of their IOT development platform. A feature that I liked but didn’t play with it yet was IBM recipes for IoT using NodeRed, a flow based programming tool that was originally created by IBM engineers but is now part of JS Foundation. I plan to a run a real prototype with my Raspberry PIs and Arduinos soon and potentially extend it with Watson as well for an office prototype project.
Setting up Google Voice AIY was an easy challenge but getting Google Vision AIY took a deep toll on me to successful solder the smaller Raspberry PI Zero W gpio pins. Messed up two PIs along the way but improving my soldering skills out weigh the cost of two $5 PI Zeros excluding the gas and time lost from the multiple trips to the store. i proudly think that I perfected the art of soldering (personal bias). Nevertheless, the multi faced benefits of Raspberry PIs, along with Arduinos, for the of things multiplied with artificial intelligence are amazing. Couple of years back I won a hackathon thanks to a RasPi idea, now I have one for retro games, and, more recently, couple of ones for AI proof of concept projects. If you never used a Raspberry Pi, go get one ! Any one!
More details about Google AIY is at https://aiyprojects.withgoogle.com