Coping with Covid-19: Tips for Hosting a Virtual Family Reunion

Social distancing and shelter in place orders means our bonds with each other are being tested like never before. To combat isolation and to reassert our connections, my family and I recently held a 2020 Virtual Family Reunion. Simply stated, our time together was amazing. If you are considering hosting a Virtual Family Reunion, I have compiled a few tips that I learned from organizing ours.

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DIY Artificial Intelligence: Google Voice Kit Hardware Build

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I am unapologetically obsessed with smart home devices. Right now, my home’s ecosystem contains Amazon Echoes, Phillips Hue Lights, August Locks, Ecobee Thermostats and a Riley robot. I also have integrated home security and monitoring along with some custom data collection applications.  I have found a lot of room for customization with my smart home products, but until now I have never been able to build my own hardware and software components from scratch. I am still experimenting, but the Google Voice Kit that I recently stumbled upon maybe a game changer for me.  Continue reading “DIY Artificial Intelligence: Google Voice Kit Hardware Build”