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Neural network based 3D indoor location tracking on a moving ship in the middle of the ocean with ar visualization for the crew to find guests.
You are on a cruise, you have an app on your phone to order stuff (drinks, meals etc)
Once you order an indoor location system calculates your position (based signal strength on training) on the ship(x, y, z)(deck, area etc) and sends it to the crew.
The crew wears an ar glass and once your order is ready they get a realtime ar navigation to you.
It was seriously over-engineered 😀
We used the phone’s bluetooth and beacons on the ship to calculate the position based on signal strength.13
Was a co-lead on the first project to add image recognition to ATMs for depositing checks. Turns out, it was a pretty OK idea and people liked it.2
Experimental networking protocols that ran on the International Space Station to test deep space communications.8
Juste before the smartphone explosion (~2008), I was working on a virtual machine for Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android 1.0, and basically every feature-phone of the time.
The VM (coded on good ol' C) would interpret a bunch of HTML, JS, CSS files (more or less like a browser) to run some tiny widgets above the phone's UI, basically allowing us to make multi-platform, custom UIs for low-end phones.
Everything was coded from scratch (except the JS engine which was a fork of SpiderMonkey), the VM could run multiple instances of itself, took around ~2MB of RAM to run (the exe contained everything in 1MB).
Oh, and we were a team of 3 beginner developers.
Fun times, no sleep times ❤️
EDIT: wow, the website is still alive O_o http://viamobility.com/5
I forged a katana once, under the supervision of a swordsmith. Nothing super special like damascus patterning or anything, but the cutting edge was pretty sharp.
Ugh sorry, lame word jokes.
In terms of software...
Microsoft Office Ribbon (cutting edge at the time, lol). Only as a maintenance drone on a bunch of manual search-and-replace work and merge conflict resolving.
Ariane 6 family of rockets (Welding X-rays and other DICOM quality assurance).
Software for continuous flow chemistry, developing microfluidic PCBs to perform Elisa immunology assays during the Mexican flu outbreak. Idea was to eliminate the need for microplates, expensive robots, microwell washers, etc — just have blood plasma, enzymecoated nanoparticles, antigen, conjugated detection reagents and substrates flowing programmatically through a PCB with a spectrophotometer built in.8
My current project. Won't reveal anything about it until I've got a usable version (which might take more than a month) but it would be a good way to give a middle finger to a big ass surveillance company.
It won't exactly match with their product since this is impossible for me to do as this would compromise user privacy but it'll come close enough!11
I worked for a company who supplied CERN with some ultra high end equipment.
At one point the guys at CERN email me "Problem, check this out."
The picture was of some burnt out ultra expensive cards that fit into a larger chassis... the cards looked like they had been exposed to a fire that was located exactly between the cards, but none of the cards themselves looked like they had been on fire. The chips and such looked burnt, but more so exposed to a very hot fire, not like they were on fire themselves.
It was weird. I sent them some crates to securely ship them to our QA folks, and ordered them up about $500k in replacement equipment.
QA later said they never got the equipment, someone "from another department" picked them up from the dock. And CERN never asked about what QA found, that was weird because they always asked.4
My old job was almost perfect. I was a systems engineer for a research network. My duties were to configure, build, install, secure, manage and repair Linux hosts used for research on projects so advanced/cutting edge that I could spend days just listening to researchers explaining them and I honestly loved it! I understood less than half of the projects but just seeing how motivated and excited the researchers are made the job my favourite. Unfortunately I had to leave and get a job closer to my house because having a 2 hour (one way) commute for two years was killing me :-/ relocation wasn't an option and still isn't but I'd be lying to myself if I tried to say I wouldn't go back as soon as I could.2
Well, there was this one website, with border-radius > 0 on everything... does that count?4
I built an expert system (what we used to think of as AI back then) that could read the circuit diagram of a complex electronic circuit, figure out what it was meant to do, and set up the test gear to test it and diagnose manufacturing errors.
In 1985, using Vax/VMS and OPS5.
More recently, I was on a project (can't claim to have done it all myself this time) that used a neural network to detect patients in a care home that fell over/fell out of bed and alert the nurses' station.9
A Unity "game" that could take an Autodesk Revit architectural model and make it playable (i.e. walk through it) in VR4
Years ago I was on the board for the European Student Card pilot.
What a beauty.
It went well and fully operating around three years later. Then escalated and got a new project name, myAcademicID.
Requirements became more political so I left.
I am still registered on the dev & sandbox. AMA4
Deploying into linux containers (lxc) as of 2013 before docker even was da hype.
(Experience was a bit problematic tho, as it was in a highly virtualized environment whose backup would really badly kill the whole container every now and then: you could still ssh to the machine but with every access to the file system you'd lose your shell. and only the "echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq" would help to restart the box.)
Currently working on a webassembly Blazor project with IdentityServer4, gRPC, SignalR, and webdev is once again fun2
When my company decided they needed i18n cause we had one Japanese customer so we need to support multiple languages. And the customer churned after we released the Japanese version of the app1
Everyone I tell this to, thinks it’s cutting edge, but I see it as a stitched together mess. Regardless:
A micro-service based application that stages machine learning tasks, and is meant to be deployed on 4+ machines. Running with two message queues at its heart and several workers, each worker configured to run optimally for either heavy cpu or gpu tasks.
The technology stack includes rabbitmq, Redis, Postgres, tensorflow, torch and the services are written in nodejs, lua and python. All packaged as a Kubernetes application.
Worked on this for 9 months now. I was the only constant on the project, and the architecture design has been basically re-engineered by myself. Since the last guy underestimated the ask.2
Any idea where to start as a beginner programmer as I just completed my first year in CSE and still have no clue what and where and when to do. I just know C that's all8
well it wasn't "cutting-edge" but it was pretty ugly, yet good
it was called Instagrabber, it's still on GitLab, but it's archived
it was first open source project of mine which gained publicity of over 500 people, but in the end i let down lots of people by discontinuing it
if someone's interested in that stupid cringe project, search "Instagrabber source" or "Instagrabber Awais" and first GitLab or F-DROID link would be it. 😂😂🤦🏻♂️2
I setup ELK for our team and went live with it on Production VM.
I'm the only one that knows how it works, is setup... Because no one else cares or wants to know as long as it works...
And well if it doesn't, let's just say they hope that I'm around...
On a side note, I think I'll leave a bit early today since I cut or main projects build process time by 50%.
Root cause: SONAR complains if you implement that using if else to match each field... it is pretty ugly...
And can use Lombok to clean it up, last rant.
So shaved off 10 minutes in each build... And well I'm like seriously? No one else bothered to figure this out for the last year or 2?
I mean I've been pretty busy too but the team had like 20 ppl and at least 4 senior devs and well u don't even need to be senior? Just inquisitive and proactive?2
My high school networking project. I should resurrect it.
It was basically device using LoRa for peer to peer communication between 2 custom boards that connect to phone via Bluetooth.
The closest thing to cutting edge was probably the first survey project.
We found something named remote scripting in a sub folder in the visual interdev default site.
It was the precursor to ajax, a few years before ajax was born and we used it to interactively call the backend from the page.
Otherwise I have mostly worked on mature projects where cutting edge is mostly avoided.
My most cutting edge story would be working on Huawei fusionsphere cloud for some big firm.
They needed some scripts to setup servers for their newly built data center which will handle the live feed from traffic cameras from all over the country.
It was during college but I think it still holds the top place except for the new one that I'm working on right now.
I made a full html5 game that was an anonymous survey collection platform, it was meant as a solution for 2 problems: toxic work environments and gamifying boring processes the whole project was a gamification of business process to make it more engaging and add context, might not seem cutting edge but the devil is in the details i had to do lots of libraries and tools to make sure it is not exploited.
As for the startup the ceo fucked us all up and we ended disbanding, my only regret is that we actually had a revolutionary idea going on.
I was part of team working for a smart sprayer (try to imagine sun spray or mosquito repelent). The thing works with negative and positive ions to spread the spray evenly on your skin. The sprayed mist kinda embraces your hand/body so there is no spots left uncovered. Device has built-in Bluetooth and send tons of different metrics and data to its mobile app which stores data in database.
I was working on dashboard that takes in that data from the REST API and shows different graphs, mostly of when and how is the product used but also you can add/edit some content that is showed in mobile app. My part wasn't cutting edge at all but that was very cool project to work on!6