Ed Rogers lives very close to the railroad tracks. If you’ve ever been near tracks like these, you’ll know that they can be quite noisy, making an open window a bit of a pain in the butt. Ed got the idea to build a system to close his windows when trains pass by. This cuts down on the noise greatly, not to mention growing his geek cred by 10 bajillion.
His system of detecting trains is pretty cool too. He has a webcam facing the tracks, and some fancy software to determine when the train is in frame. I’m a bit curious if other things set off the sensor (like a bird flying close by the camera), since his hand can set it off. The windows do close pretty slowly, I wonder if he could somehow predict the trains passing and close the windows preemptively.
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