Sean M. Tracey

Does technology and stuff

  1. 07 October 2021
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    Retro HUD Web App

    Map apps have gotten boring. I thought it would be fun to inject some 90's video game chaos into the field

    Read about this or look at the code

  2. 30 October 2020
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    Halloween Hologram

    How best to scare my neighbours for Halloween? Why, with a Halloween hologram featuring yours truly, a Raspberry Pi, and Tensorflow PoseNet.js, of course!

    Read about this or look at the code

  3. 04 August 2020
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    Hello, Quantum World.

    What can you do with a quantum computer? I picked up a text book and learned how to program them so I could teach people how to generate random numbers with a real quantum system

    Do the workshop or watch the video

  4. 16 July 2020
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    End-to-end Encrypted Messaging w. MQTT

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to build your own super-secret encrypted messaging system? You have? Well, do I have a workshop for you!

    Do the workshop or watch the video

  5. 03 May 2020
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    Along with Matt Hamilton and Glynn Bird, I co-created Choirless - a web platform that enabled people in locked-down communities to still sing and perform with each other online (but without all of that latency you get with Zoom calls)

    Join the beta or look at the code or watch the video

  6. 30 April 2020
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    What Is...? Video Series

    What Is...? Is a short video series I conceived of and produced (with the help of my IBM colleagues) that aimed to teach people about bleeding edge technologies in less than 90 seconds

    watch the video

  7. 27 March 2020
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    During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, I co-founded and became the lead co-ordinator of Makers4TheNHS - A group of 70 makers across the UK working together to create 7000 PPE visors with our personal 3D printers.

    Read about this or watch the video

  8. 13 December 2019
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    Code the Classics - Volume 1

    Working alongside Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton, I contributed to the game code for Code The Classics Vol. 1

    Get the book (free) or look at the code or watch the video

  9. 28 November 2019
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    The London DevRel Salon

    I co-founded the London chapter of the DevRel Salon community - a monthly meetup for Developer Advocates across London to come together to share knowledge and stories.

    Join us!

  10. 21 October 2019
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    OpenWhisk Dependency Compiler

    I felt compiling dependencies for OpenWhisk functions was needlessly complex, so I built a serverless functions that compiled your serverless functions for you!

    look at the code

  11. 05 September 2019
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    Machine Learning with MiniShift

    I wrote the Machine Learning with Minishift workshop which taught developers how to train and deploy machine learning models to detect handwritten numerals at scale with OpenShift. It's since been run in cities across the world.

    look at the code

  12. 01 September 2019
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    AI JavaScript London

    I became a co-organiser of AI JavaScript London - a community of JavaScript developers passionate about AI.

    Join us!

  13. 11 July 2019
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    Serverless Days London 2019

    I spoke at Serverless Days London about Instaframe, my Watson AI + Serverless powered digital photo frame

    See the details

  14. 04 July 2019
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    Girls Who Change The World

    I spent 6 weeks mentoring young women trying to change the world with technology as part of a Disney/Marvel/IBM collaboration.

    See the details

  15. 23 May 2019
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    Conan or Colbert?

    For the University of Bristol's Data Week festival, I presented a workshop on building neural networks for audio classification - specifically: is it Conan or Colbert?

    look at the code

  16. 11 May 2019
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    BarCamp London 11

    After a 5 year hiatus, I helped relaunch BarCamp London at the University of Law in London.

    See the details

  17. 10 April 2019
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    GlowOrb Emulator

    Andy Stanford-Clark's GlowOrbs are a great piece of kit for prototyping with the IoT, but you might not always have one to hand, so I built and emulator for macOS

    Downlad the emulator or look at the code

  18. 25 February 2019
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    For Christmas 2018, I made my mum an AI-powered photo frame that would filter my Instagram feed to show her only photos of her Grandkids.

    Read about this

  19. 01 February 2019
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    I became one of the new co-organisers for the London Node User Group.

    Come to LNUG!

  20. 24 January 2019
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    Bottomless Hard Drive

    Is it possible to create an infinite capacity hard drive with object storage? Let's find out!

    Read about this or look at the code

  21. 17 January 2019
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    AI-powered Word Counter

    I speak a little fast, so I made something to help me slow down - an AI-driven word counter that changes color when I speak too quickly.

    look at the code or watch the video

  22. 13 June 2018
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    W3ID SSO Middleware

    It bothered me that it could take days to secure an application with IBM's SSO systems. So I made some middleware to shorten it to minutes.

    look at the code

  23. 10 April 2018
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    Node-RED Web Components

    I made some web components to make integrating web APIs with Node-RED even easier!

    look at the code

  24. 19 January 2018
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    Node-RED Bitio Wrapper

    I needed to use a Micro:bit with Node-red, so I wrote a node-red wrapper for David Whale's Bitio library

    look at the code

  25. 08 December 2017
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    Image Mitosis

    I created a serverless function that would divide images in half again, and again, and again, and...

    look at the code

  26. 15 November 2017
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    Extract Keyframes

    A Node.js module to extract only the keyframes from a video file

    look at the code

  27. 06 November 2017
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    Web Summit 2017

    I went to Lisbon, Portugal to man the IBM booth at Web Summit 2017. I got to talk about all the IoT goodies IBM has for developers to play with

  28. 04 November 2017
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    Wired NextGen

    I was invited to demonstrate some of the instruments I had invented for BuzzJam

  29. 24 October 2017
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    Joined IBM

    I became a Developer Advocate on IBMs London City Team.

  30. 02 October 2017
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    FT TTS Articles

    Digiday published a piece on some of the work I did converting FT articles into audio versions

    Read about this

  31. 18 September 2017
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    Let's Make Connections!

    I helped make the FT Labs voice-driven Google Home game 'Make Connections'

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  32. 04 August 2017
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    Super Skills Book

    I was a Technical Editor for Elizabeth Tweedale's book teaching children how to make things with Python

    Buy the book

  33. 19 July 2017
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    Text AV Event NYC

    I was invited to NYC to talk about creating the FT Labs Transcription Service. I couldn't make it in person, so I sent a video instead

    Watch the talk

  34. 03 July 2017
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    Connected FT

    For my 20% time, I wrote an app that would let users share FT content across their devices with the Web Push API

    Read about this or look at the code

  35. 01 June 2017
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    BuzzJam Short Film

    I did another BuzzJam, but this time the whole thing was filmed!

    Read about this or look at the code

  36. 21 May 2017
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    Automatically Generated Audio Articles

    I built the systems to generate audio versions of FT articles, and one of the journalists noticed...

    Read the FT article

  37. 18 May 2017
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    Google I/O 2017

    The progressive web app I made (Listen to the FT) got a small shout-out from Google at Google I/O 2017!

    See the Tweet or look at the code or watch the video

  38. 01 April 2017
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    Dinosaur Vision Simulator

    Dinosaur vision is based on movement, right? So, what does that look like? I built an AR simulator (with a dinosaur onesie) to try and find out

    look at the code

  39. 23 February 2017
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    Ad-Blocking Experiments

    We tried some creative solutions to encourage users to let the FT deliver ads

    Read about this or watch the video

  40. 02 February 2017
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    Listen to the FT

    A progressive web app I helped design and build for listening to FT articles offline.

    Read about this or look at the code

  41. 17 January 2017
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    FT Labs Transcription Service

    I built the first automated transcription service for the FT.

    View readme or look at the code

  42. 05 October 2016
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    A Big Red Button

    "Hey Sean, we're launching the new tomorrow, and we'd like a button for the occassion. Could you make one?"

    Read about this or look at the code

  43. 22 September 2016
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    FT Labs Morar

    We noticed that lots of little bits of useful (but not needed right now) pieces of data were being discarded. We built a place for the data to live until it's been found a new home.

    look at the code

  44. 30 May 2016
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    FT Archives

    I spent some time teaching Tesseract's OCR to better scan the FT archives

    Read about this or look at the code

  45. 11 December 2015
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    Making Games with Pygame Book

    I wrote a book about making games with Python as a part of Raspberry Pi's MagPi Essentials Series

    Read it now or look at the code

  46. 30 November 2015
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    URL Sharing

    As part of the Labs team, I helped write some software that made sharing FT content super easy.

    Read about this

  47. 01 November 2015
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    Big FT

    I helped build a web app for making the latest FT headlines visible on big screens

    Read about this or look at the code

  48. 20 September 2015
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    The Alfabeat

    A wearable drum kit I made with Chasing Cadence for Red Bull's Buzz Jam 2015

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  49. 02 September 2015
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    FT Labs Screens

    I helped put together 'Screens'. A modern, web-powered digital signage system for use around the FT.

    Read about this or look at the code

  50. 11 August 2015
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    Joined FT Labs

    I became the newest developer on the FT Labs team in London

  51. 09 April 2015
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    Cayla, The Redweb Labs PA

    I hacked a Cayla doll with a Raspberry Pi and had her read out Google Calendar events.

    Read about this or watch the video

  52. 30 March 2015 image

    UK Cinema websites suck for finding showtimes, so I made CineList to try and fix that.

    Go there

  53. 03 January 2015
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    A simple web-based color picking game that I made on the train.

    Play it

  54. 15 December 2014
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    A high-performance <canvas> animation of EXPLODING SNOW for our window projections

    View this visualisation or look at the code or watch the video

  55. 14 December 2014
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    Interactive Cycle Hoodie

    I made an Arduino-powered hoodie that lights up when you gesture to indicate.

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  56. 24 November 2014
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    LightPaint let's you paint in your browser with a phone flashlight with getUserMedia.

    Paint something or look at the code or watch the video

  57. 11 November 2014
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    Slow Elvis

    A lifesized Elvis Presley robot that follows people. I wrote the code and designed the circuits.

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  58. 23 October 2014
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    Window of Weather

    A canvas animation projected onto a window which reflected the current local weather conditions.

    View this visualisation

  59. 01 October 2014
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    A collaborative photo sharing app. I made the back-end, front-end and iOS app.

    Read about this

  60. 12 September 2014
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    WebGL Hologram Chamber

    A 3D printed mashup of one of the latest web tech and an old Victorian trick.

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  61. 28 August 2014
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    Bluetooth Beacons

    We tracked ourselves with Bluetooth beacons so our computers could welcome us to the office

    Read about this

  62. 14 July 2014
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    Talking to Computers with Sound

    I worked on creating a circuit that could transmit data to phones through the audio jack

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  63. 04 July 2014
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    Blaze UV Key

    I put together the electronics and software for a mobile FSK UV Sensor.

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  64. 07 April 2014
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    Uncovered is a quick prototype application we put together for the Redweb staff to play with.

    Read about this

  65. 08 March 2014
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    Collective Vision

    A quick web app that combines images from Flickr to make something entirely new

    Read about this or look at the code

  66. 26 February 2014
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    HackSoton 3

    They had Bacon, It was awesome.

    Read about this or look at the code

  67. 01 January 2014
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    New Year + Payphones + Twilio

    Sometimes I get bored, So I called all of the payphones in Luton simultaneously...

    Read about this or look at the code

  68. 12 December 2013
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    CapCam is a hat we hacked together to automatically take photos at our Christmas Party

    Read about this

  69. 11 December 2013
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    A Node.js module for building and signing Flickr OAuth requests.

    look at the code

  70. 01 December 2013
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    Because why spend your Saturday sleeping?

    Read about this

  71. 30 November 2013
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    Faces of Shame

    Sometimes, we swear a bit too much. We thought we'd try and put an end to that with Flickr.

    Read about this

  72. 07 November 2013
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    Ambient Lionel

    I made the Raspberry Pi innards for Ambient Lionel, Our first quick look at ambient computing.

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  73. 22 September 2013
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    Airplane.js can turn any display or surface into a touch screen with a Leap Motion

    look at the code

  74. 30 July 2013
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    B & W Meet 11 Site

    Tim and I are taking turns to Jazz up the B & W Meet website. Number 11 was my turn.

    Read about this

  75. 19 July 2013
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    A technical overview of a WebGL and Leap Motion app I made at work

    Read about this

  76. 08 July 2013
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    Engelbart's Chorded Keyboard

    In a little tribute to Douglas Engelbart, I made one of his chorded keyboards with Node.js and Arduino.

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  77. 19 June 2013
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    B & W Meet Postcards

    Each year we send out postcards for B & W Meet. This year, I had a crack at designing them myself

    Read about this

  78. 19 June 2013
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    Man Feelings Poster

    I put together the poster for the Ediburgh Free Fringe show "Man Feelings" Photo by Joe Tattersall.

    Read about this

  79. 06 June 2013
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    Big Steps, Tiny Leap (Motion)

    I made a quick Leap Motion app for my first day at Redweb.

    Read about this or watch the video

  80. 31 May 2013
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    Space Toilet

    Suck it, Lower mammals...

    Read about this

  81. 19 May 2013
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    A simple little jQuery library for accessing Rotten Tomatos' API with JSONP.

    Read about this or look at the code

  82. 09 May 2013
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    Stress Ball

    The price of Milk is rising...

    Read about this

  83. 03 May 2013
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    Damn it ScottIE


    Read about this

  84. 01 May 2013
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    OS X Mountain Lion

    Rawr Power

    Read about this

  85. 30 April 2013
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    Public Enemy No. 1

    Wanted dead. Just dead.

    Read about this

  86. 29 April 2013
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    Feles Lunae

    He came in peace for all Catkind

    Read about this

  87. 24 April 2013
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    Read about this

  88. 24 April 2013
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  89. 20 April 2013
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    Time Hat

    A wibbly-wobbly time telling accessory for the fashion concious Nerd.

    Read about this or watch the video

  90. 17 April 2013
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    Illness sucks

    Read about this

  91. 17 April 2013
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    If my Lungs had a voice… Oh wait! They do… OWWWW!!!

    Read about this

  92. 27 March 2013
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    Ready or not...

    Here comes science!!!

    Read about this

  93. 20 March 2013
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    A Little Bit Racey

    I was asked by an old friend to design a poster/logo for Hope FM's new show "A Little Bit Racey". Had a lot of fun with this one.

    Read about this

  94. 24 February 2013
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    A simple Node.js app for emailing me my Twitter favourites from the day.

    Read about this or look at the code

  95. 17 February 2013
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    (It's Icelandic for music).

    look at the code

  96. 26 January 2013
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    Firefox OS Hack Day @ Mozilla

    Myself, Tim and Aidan visited Mozilla London for their Firefox OS Hackday. Tons of fun!

    Read about this

  97. 22 October 2012
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    Let's post to Facebook with a SNES Controller. Because, why not?

    Read about this or look at the code or watch the video

  98. 28 September 2012
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    IIB Awards 2012

    My graduate project made the shortlist for the IIB Awards 2012 in the Interactive Visualisation section.

    Read about this

  99. 21 September 2012
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    Facebook London Hack Day

    Myself, Tim an Aidan popped up to Facebook London for their Europe office launch hack day. They have amazing burgers!

    Read about this

  100. 27 August 2012
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    A pet (read "unfinished") project that let's scriptwriters view their .FDX files in a browser with the File API.

    Read about this or look at the code