How to build a drag-and-drop-deep-learning model in 13 minutes (video)

Lobe just launched publicly last week.

Yes, this is complex stuff. But this video is fascinating no matter who watches…

Lobe is an easy-to-use visual tool that lets you build custom deep learning models, quickly train them, and ship them directly in your app without writing any code. Start by dragging in a folder of training examples from your desktop. Lobe automatically builds you a custom deep learning model and begins training. When you’re done, you can export a trained model and ship it directly in your app.

It’s a completely visual tool from designer Mike Matas and his co-founders Markus Beissinger and Adam Menges. I am always interested in anything Matas does, and Lobe is no exception.

You build and edit Lobe models through a web interface, and there’s a cloud API developers can use for finished models in production. But Lobe also exports to CoreML (for Apple platforms) and TensorFlow. My analogy: writing CoreML by hand is like writing PostScript by hand — possible, but only by a small number of talented experts. Lobe is to CoreML what Illustrator was to PostScript — a profoundly powerful tool that exposes the underlying technology to non-experts through an intuitive visual interface. Lobe looks utterly Matas-ian.

If you have any interest whatsoever in machine learning, drop what you’re doing right now and watch their 13-minute introductory tour. And if you’re not interested in machine learning, watch the video anyway and you’ll become interested in machine learning. It looks that amazing.

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Airplane secret button gives us more room in our seat (video reveal)

Did you know if we are stuck in economy class, there might be a secret button set to turn things around for us uncomfortable passengers?

This secret button moves the armrest out of the way. It provides us more room for our torso and it frees up some extra space for our legs.

Mike Corey of Fearless and Far gives us a video demonstration of the secret armrest recline button found on airplane aisle seats:

Introducing the flying water car – it is like Uber for water taxis (video demonstration)

I keep repeating myself because now is one of the best times to be alive if you like technology like I do…

According to AutoBlog:

The Bubble is a 100 percent electric water taxi created by the French company SeaBubbles. The goal is to lower pollution and provide relief from heavy traffic on busy city streets.

It creates no waves, no noise, and no CO2. When the Bubble reaches 7.5 mph, it rises above the water. This prevents wakes from forming. The absence of sudden movements helps prevent seasickness. The Bubble can operate autonomously and seats five, including a pilot. Its docking station captures solar, wind, and water energy to charge the battery.

SeaBubbles plan to bring its water transit system to 50 cities in the next 5 years. No word yet on price or future locations.

French yachtsman Alain Thebault invented the Bubble.

It flies when its groundspeed surpasses 7 miles per hour And it maxes out at speeds of 18 m.p.h.

This flying water car was invented to be used like an Uber service. We use their app to hail a ride. The bubble would recharge at docking stations along a river to reduce road traffic in major cities.

Check out this video demonstration of the Bubble in action:

How to use portrait mode on the most popular phones (video demonstration)

When Apple introduced the iPhone 7 with portrait mode almost 2 years ago, they revolutionized picture taking on our phones.

But Bokeh portrait mode is confusing to understand – until now…

Marques Brownlee (a.k.a. MKBHD) brilliantly demonstrates how to use portrait mode to create eye-catching photos here in this video:

This electrical tintable glass blocks out the sun with a click (video demonstration)

I know this is a blatant ad, but man ‘o man do I want this in my next dream home…

This electrical, switchable privacy glass optimizes daylight and manages indoor temperature. It does it all while maintaining unobstructed views of the outdoors.

Watch this video demonstration:

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