Avoid the fear and frustration of obsessively checking for COVID-19 test results. Let a computer obsessively check for you!

A woman wearing a mask typing on a laptop in the dark
A woman wearing a mask typing on a laptop in the dark
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This past week I felt a bit unwell. It didn’t seem serious, but I had low energy and felt off. Was I having trouble breathing? Maybe I was, maybe I wasn’t, and maybe (probably) it was all in my head. It seems these days I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, convinced I have COVID-19, only to rise the following morning feeling fine. I’ve never been concerned enough to actually get a test. After all, I practice social distancing, always wear a mask in public, avoid indoor spaces (if at all possible), and wash my hands religiously. …

Building a smart security system with Python, a Wyze cam, and some ingenuity.

Illustration by Emans

Part 1: Taking Control

Over the past year my home has become increasingly intelligent. Smart bulbs illuminate as I enter rooms and darken as I leave. Door sensors gossip to WiFi outlets so my dogs can see at night. Even my Christmas tree bends to my whims, LEDs dancing in quiet obedience.

But for all the fun and countless hours spent making my home smarter — resulting in a cumulative savings of tens of seconds, but who wants to get out of bed to turn off the lights? — one connected…

Robert Reed

Teacher, software developer, hardware hacker. Interested in learning to do things myself.

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