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Jan. 22 -> Jan. 28 2018

Ethan

  • Did some testing and research into Speech-To-Text Engines
    • Cannot test snowboy hotword detection until we have a raspberry pi and hardware microphone- only runs on Linux
    • Looks like Google voice API will be best for STT, most others struggle significantly with numbers and names
  • IBM has a good Text-To-Speech engine which we will probably use for our TTS needs

Tony

  • Looked into the cost range of an appropriately sized 1 way mirror (18"-24"x24"-36")
  • Looked into cheaper monitors that could cover at least 3/4 of the mirror's surface.
  • Minor research into checking out possible designs for the exterior frame of the mirror.
  • Current findings: Mirror will most likely by 24x36 unless a significantly cheaper option (18x24) appears in the immediate future. Cost of said mirror is currently $50. I found some relatively inexpensive monitors for around $70, with a diagonal between 30-36", or enough to cover the vast majority of the interior of the mirror. The surrounding frame will probably be flat to minimize complications during the 3D printing process. Also, some sort of RGB LED, either in the form of strips or individuals in set locations, will be used somewhere on the frame, whether that is outside or inside the exterior frame, to indicate that the mirror is either listening, processing, or executing a voice command.

Baihao(Kevin)

  • Implement some UI Design. Watch some online courses about UI/UX design, like 7+-1 principle, to draft the basic layout based on our current features.
  • Talked with Ethan about current situations of our current process and try to figure out best strategy for our UI/UX Design.
  • Continued to do all kinds of research to know how to make it the best final-project by reading "designing interface" and talked with Ethan and Tony.
  • Research some cool features


Jan. 29 -> Feb. 4 2018

Ethan

  • Acquired some hardware (2hr)
    • 21.5" monitor for ~$65 from microcenter
    • Google AIY kit w/ speaker and microphone for ~$10 from microcenter
  • got raspberry pi OS burned and set up to recognize microphone and speakers (1hr)
  • Ran test to confirm GPIO able to be activated via nodejs and nodejs is functional on PI (2hr)
  • Voice Recognition
    • Google AIY has a good setup for using a mic and speaker, fought with Raspbian OS image trying to configure it to be compatible with AIY but was ultimately unsuccessful, ended up re-burning the SD card with the Google AIY distribution of Raspbian (4hr)
    • Ran Google AIY demos to ensure hardware functional, got into Google Cloud API portal to configure OAuth for the Google STT services, fought to get Google Assistant hotword detection compatible with Google Cloudspeak but then determined Cloudspeak has support for expected commands and hotwords (3hr)
    • Got Python running to listen for hotword, then return speech content afterwards and to send when user stops speaking (2hr)
    • Seriously battled with Socket.io and Websockets in an effort to have persistent 2-way communication between Python and Nodejs. Turns out Socket.io and Websockets are totally different, and precious few Python libraries exist for websockets in the first place, so after several hours decided to table websockets for the moment. Currently have 1-way Python->Nodejs communication working via python requests library and Nodejs Express routing. (4hr)
  • Need to update GitHub with current code and to get a users guide for setting up AIY in case of SD faliure

Tony

  • (2hr) Went part shopping w/ Ethan.
  • (1hr) Created "artsy" CAD model for part of frame and the mirror. These will be used as proof of concept ideas, until a final design is selected. Then I will create the frame pieces small enough to be printed.
  • Found a raspberry pi microphone/speaker pair + an offline command recognition program

Baihao(Kevin)

  • find and study some tools which will be useful to next stage of our project, like Axure RP, Cordova.... and try to figure out which one best fit our project.
  • find and study some source code of products with similar goals on Quora and StackOverflow try to find some helpful comment which can help us avoid tricks that may happen to our project.
  • Research some cool features

Feb. 5 -> Feb. 12 2018

Ethan

  • Did some updates to the project home page (1hr)
  • Threw together a brief example for Kevin to learn Pug (2hr)
  • Configured Node to use Pug as a view engine (1hr)
  • Configured WebSockets for communication between Python HardwareInterface, NodeJS Client, and NodeJs Server (3hr)
  • Began working on framework for command selection from Text Input (4hr)
    • Currently able to do string-> string, string-> string Front & End match to grab data, and string->keyword command matching
      • Likely to be very slow at scale, should look into better implementations
  • Able to use GPIO pins through PI Hat

Tony

  • (4hrs) 3D printed two test pieces for the frame.
  • (1hr) Made minor edits to the CAD file for the corner pieces/edge pieces to account for a hole error and resizing the shell to speed up printing
  • (1hr) Made a new style of edge piece to mount a speaker in (WIP, have not made mounting pegs due to lack of measurements). Created holes for speaker in middle of face.
  • (15m) All parts have now been ordered, and should arrive by Monday, Feb. 12.
  • (1hr) Sanded down the two test pieces to account for hole/peg sizing error and failure of support brim to detach cleanly. I will have to reevaluate whether using a brim is worth the risk of slight warping on the corners versus saving several hours of sanding and an imperfect look because of the sanding.
  • (10m) Created two new assembly files to mock up the frame with the newly designed pieces. One is used as a test file, to ensure all measurements have been entered in correctly. This file consists of two different types of pieces mated together, corner-long edge, long edge-short edge, and speaker plate-long edge. The other is for getting a feel of what the final product will look like, with all 18 pieces in place.
    • Second file is a WIP, as other edge pieces have to be modified to account for microphone, motion sensor, power cords, and possible mounting brackets for arduino/raspi.
  • (2.5hr) 3D printed edge piece with speaker holes/mounting bracket. Its complex design may require sanding to ensure that the speaker fits, but watching it print right now, it seems as though it's not warping

Baihao(Kevin)

  • Start to study pug using the resources provided by Ethan.(2hr)
  • Continue to study different UI design and already find some successful template which fit to our product(2 hr)
  • Study customer feedback/comments of products like Digital Mirror Clock, Amazon Echo.... (0.5 hour)
  • will share a version of design by the end of week.

Feb. 13 -> Feb. 19 2018

Baihao(Kevin)

  • (40min) Pug is fully set up. Then start to use files given by Ethan to design the home page.
  • (10min) Based on the design of MS Windows Phone, make a toy version of the homepage.
  • (1.5 hr) make a sign up page for the first-time user. It starts from some survey questions. after they answered these questions, we can figure out how to personalize our frame for them. Like if some users may prefer constellation. Every day when they see the mirror, the mirror's homepage style will match the expectation of constellation of Calendar day. If some users want the homepage same color all the time, then it will be fixed color.
  • (3.5 hr) Designed 5 versions of homepage design. Each of them is based on different design principle. One is based on VR principle. One is based on Windows Phone. the rest of three are based on my own design.
    • Next Week: I will dive into certain features. Like layout of weather condition.....Then, each week, I will design 1 to 2 features. After the Spring Break, I will finalized each step of the design, connect them together and prepare for final demo.

Tony

  • (4hr) Finished printing the pieces for the bottom of the frame. We verified that the mirror (which arrived this week) fits in the frame with a low enough tolerance to not slide out. I may have to sand down some of the parts to reduce the tolerance, however this will be decided upon closer to final assembly
  • (1hr) Ethan and I discussed the back portion of the frame. We decided upon a wooden back, and to service the mirror, the top edge of the frame is detachable from the rest of the frame.
  • (2hr) Redesigned some pieces to make them fit together more smoothly. Also created the new part files for the side pieces, which have a tab for LED strips and holes for cabling. After I made those, I updated the main assembly file to reflect the new changes. So far, there are no conflicts between parts. The last few parts I need to design are: the top piece with the microphone slot, and the piece with the hole for the motion sensor.
  • (15m) I got bored in my CAD class, so I found a lion STL file online, and did some magic computer stuff to make it more decorative, lie flat, and fit on our mirror. If we have time, I will print 2 of these for the top of the frame.
  • Possible upcoming problems: the 2 most recent parts have had significant warping at the corners due to a fault with the printer in the CAD lab. Hopefully, by switching to the printers in the Urbauer lab, these parts can be printed more quickly and with less warping. I prefer not to use a "brim" around the part, as I tried this with the first 2 corner pieces, and I spent close to an hour and a half trying to remove them and all their residual PLA from the parts. Also, the 6x4 will not fit on the printer with the brim.

Ethan

  • (1hr) Meeting w/ Kevin to familiarize with Pug
  • (1hr) API research, found potential stock API and confirmed viability of weather and Twitter APIs
  • (3hr) Work on voice commands and structure of code, exploratory look into recording hotword detection and callback on hotword pickup
  • (1hr) Meeting w/ Kevin to go over design specs
  • Aside- feature locking for the moment, will come back and look into other features after current plans are fully implemented

Feb. 20 -> Feb. 26 2018

Ethan

  • (4hr) Successful connection to openweatherAPI and Twitter API for static search.
  • Lots o exams this week so not much done
  • hope to have dynamic search and resolve api-switch bug next week

Tony

  • (1hr) Modified CAD files for printing on the Urbauer printers. Low work this week due to exams.

Baihao(Kevin)

  • (2hr) designed the weather feature in 3 versions.
  • (0.5hr) played with it on pug

next week: work with Ethan to take dive into more details.

Feb. 27 -> Mar. 5 2018

Ethan

  • (2hr) Microcenter / Home Depot Run w/ Tony to get frame materials
  • (1.5hr) Work on Arduino <-> rPi comm w/ Tony
  • (1.5hr) Meeting w/ Kevin to go over project infrastructure and GUI goals
  • (2hr) Nodejs GPIO/HArdware communication testing
  • (2hr) Attempt to get JS -> Py comm working, unsuccessful. May create new reverse WS server on python end, unsure as to best way to get this to work elegantly
  • (2hr) Command updates, API testing, GUI page creation for Kevin, Code migration from app.js -> voiceCommands
    • Remind, Forget, Remember working
  • (1hr) Strategize/Prioritize rest of objectives, command brainstorming
  • Next two weeks: Accomplish literally everything

Baihao(Kevin)

  • (1hr) Do some researches about strategies to design the reminder feature.
  • (3hr) Make 3 versions of reminder features.
  • (1.5hr) Meeting Ethan to go over project infrastructure and GUI goals
  • (1 hr) make a plan for spring break after meeting with Ethan.
  • Next Week: Implement all the rest of feature and make them at MVP level.

Tony

  • (2hr) Bought materials for back of frame with Ethan.
  • (2hr) Printed a test piece for the side of the frame, but it is warped, and therefore unusable on the final frame. I think that I am going to have to put brims on the parts now sadly, which means a whole lot more sanding for me. But, if it means the parts come out flat, then it is worth it.
  • (1.5hr) Worked out communication between Arduino and RasPi with Ethan
  • Goals for next two weeks: get Nathan to finally start printing things for us, since its been 3 weeks since initial contact and he is still dragging his feet on this. I would rather not have to print everything from the CAD lab due to lack of printer space, but it looks like I am going to have to resume printing there for the time being. I would also like to have the wooden part of the frame cut and test assembled.

Mar. 6 -> Mar. 19 2018

Ethan

  • (4hr) JS-> PY communication working
    • All websocket communication rewritten to use command/packet communication protocols
  • (1hr) Rewrite voice recognition to use on-the-fly hotwords and allow for interrupts, write audio out handshake
  • (1hr) research into using streaming audio recognition to speed up recognition times, decided is unfeasible since not on min-spec system
  • (6hr) rewrite CommandParser to handle parameters and nonspecific commands, handle empty command lists, unify schema for commands
  • (2hr) testing of currently implemented commands, minimum UI set up for testing purposes, some command work
  • (1hr) documentation of code and existing features
  • (4hr) Stock API integration and Chart.js work
  • (1hr) exploration and discovery of City -> ZIP API (but I don't think we'll need/use it after all), Image API (french, fancy)
  • (4hr) Command implementation and testing.
    • As of now bug with weather API, says needs string for URL but should have one, works in postman
    • As of now bug with twitter- no default param, and is async which means it doesn't get the data to the view. yay, task for tmw
  • (8hr) PI BOOTS TO KIOSK MODE. THIS IS REALLY SUPER COOL HOLY COW
    • This is a process which is totally tutorial worthy material if it hasn't been one already, as it is super finicky and poorly documented online
      • Also like really really cool if I haven't already mentioned that yet
  • (3hr) Exploratory into pi-pi comm, will reconvene with Tony next weekend to determine a plan of action
  • (3hr) Feature work, API debugging, and Kiosk mode testing
  • (1hr) Documentation and Code Cleanup

Tony

  • (3hr) Printed 2 more pieces, one is the top piece with the mounting hole/bracket for the Passive IR motion sensor, the other being the third corner block. Thankfully there were 2 open printers at the CAD lab, otherwise this would've taken an extra 2 hours to complete.
  • (2.5hr) Printed a 6x4 LED plate part.
  • (12hr) Loaded adequate software (download, install, compile, and bugfix) onto the second RasPi for use with the one of the "special additional features"
  • (4hr) Testing relay methods for power conservation. Most likely going to go with a software patch, but for ethical reasons, we may want to physically shut down part of the mirror when not in use.
  • (6hr) The first "special additional feature" is now completely operational, worked on porting over a different version of software, with python and AWS.

Total parts printed so far:

  • 2x: Corner blocks (usable)
  • 2x: 6x4 bottom pieces (potentially usable)
  • 1x: 6x4 top piece with LED plate (usable)
  • 1x: 5.6x4 speaker plate (potentially usable)
  • 2x: 4.7x4 w/ LED plate (not usable)
  • 1x: 5.6x4 w/ PIR hole and LED plate (usable)

Baihao(Kevin)

  • (3hr) Implement the weather feature in 3 versions.
  • (4hr) translate the previous features I've implemented into pug.
  • make a plan for the next half of semester in order to better integrate my part with Ethan's part.

Mar. 20 -> Mar. 26 2018

Ethan

  • (4hr) Assorted Command Work- single stock and stock portfolio now working w/ UI functionalish.
  • (2hr) View Param outline and meeting w/ Kevin concerning UI work
  • (4hr) Twitter Command Work- now functional. Assorted code cleanup and addition of google web fonts woot woot
  • (7hr) Code Cleanup, GUI Style Cleanup, and GUI-> Back-end Connections

Tony

  • TONY IF YOU DID SMTN THIS WEEK PUT IT HERE BOI
  • Update: was ded af

Baihao(Kevin)

  • (4hr) Finalize the design for all of our current features.
  • (6hr) Work with Ethan on GUI->Back-end Connections, and eventually make all of them working.

Next week: Work on continue to improve our UI Design


Mar. 27 -> Apr. 2 2018

Ethan

  • (1hr) Audio in testing- seems to be pretty solid. With loud music, is able to distinguish my voice. If the music is speaking, it will recognize my voice > the music. If I am not talking, will recognize music.
    • All in all, a little flawed but better than expected from a v cheap mic
  • (1hr) Audio out setup/testing
    • Still not sure how to modify the volume on this sucker, but audio out works and integrated seamlessly into the code. Really wish it could pronounce my name though...
  • (1hr) Attempted to do live arduino/pi comm test, was unsuccessful. Ah, well. Will continue to push forward on this front.
  • Explored screen rotation ideas- think I found a workable solution, will be testing in the next week or so
  • Updated the software on the Pi, praying it didn't break anything

Tony

  • See log for next week

Baihao(Kevin)


Apr. 3 -> Apr. 9 2018

Ethan

  • (3hr) played around with picam- managed to blow up the SD card in the process
  • (12hr) Fixed our minor mishap with the SD card- SD card back and functional
    • Autoboot code now in git, tutorial written so that any subsequent SD card should only take about 2-3 hours to reestablish functionality
    • Also new autoboot process which is slightly superior to old one- slightly better control
    • Discovered a bug in lxterminal bash initiation which has been the root of loads of problems, may see if I can open a Git issue
    • Pi-> Arduino Communication functional, so we're doing solid on that front. Will be working with the LEDs to try to make it less laggy
    • Executive Decision to Ax motion detection- just was going to be too annoying to make work
    • Little UI work- want main page to slightly better represent the scope of the project
    • Chose typicons as our icon package provider, will play with to integrate into other project screens over next week

Tony

  • Work over the past 3 weeks:
    • 3D parts for frame are complete, all but 1 have been cemented together. (~22 hrs)
    • LED's now completely work with raspi, up to spec with how we wanted it. (4hrs)

Baihao(Kevin)

  • implement the main page with ethan(3hr)
  • continue to redesign the other pages and translate them to pug(3 hr)
  • search for pictures and icons which best fit for our project(2hr)

Apr. 10 -> Apr. 16 2018

TARGET: WORKING DEMO THIS MONDAY. NEED THE WOODS

EDIT: GOT THE WOODS

Ethan

  • (5hr) Worked on tutorial, code diagram, wiki main page, etc
  • (3hr) PiCam work- sucessfully got facial recognition to work! (now to scramble to integrate into project)
  • (1hr) display rotates and doesn't sleep woot
  • (5hr) Helped Tony paint/assemble the frame and whatnot

Tony

  • (10hr) Assembled mirror frame, front and back. Frame is now done and ready to roll! (not really, i want it to be flat)

Baihao(Kevin)

  • (1hr) translate pug
  • (4.5hr) write the story of our UI design

Apr. 17 -> Apr. 22 2018

DEMO WEEK- Demo went incredibly well, better than it ever ran during testing Ethan

  • (8hr) Physical Mirror design work- cable management, lots of taping, soldering wire extensions, drilling holes, lots happened here.
  • (12hr) LED integration, Rekognition integration, hotword switching, multi-user integration.
    • Loads of bugfixes before demo- lighting integration needed smoothing out
    • Frame exploded but we fixed it back together woot (tgf ducktape)

Tony
Baihao(Kevin)

  • (2hr) Write the articles about design process and concepts for final

Tech Reflect Voice Project Page: https://classes.engineering.wustl.edu/ese205/core/index.php?title=Tech_Reflect_Voice