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Using Cognitive Services and Mario Kart to Create "Astrology" with Chloe Condon

chloecondon profile image Chloe Condon ๐ŸŽ€ ใƒป1 min read

Chloe Condon is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. Before attending Hackbright Academy and making the career switch into tech, she spent her nights and weekends on-stage as a musical theatre actress. She is passionate about bringing folks with non-traditional and creative backgrounds into technical spaces, and loves to find ways to teach and demo technical examples in quirky and humorous ways.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about cognitive services, but donโ€™t know where to start? Then this is the talk for you! Iโ€™ll walk you through how to make your own โ€œastrologyโ€ using images of cosplay characters, and share my story of how I created my own horoscopes with Mario Kart players- watch out for any stray banana peels! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ„โญ๏ธ๐Ÿข๐ŸŒ

Here is a download link to the talk slides (PDF)

This talk will be presented as part of CodeLand:Distributed on July 23. After the talk is streamed as part of the conference, it will be added to this post as a recorded video.

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don't dare me to cosplay as ludwig because i totally will ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚




I choose Toad or Yoshi! Excited to see what this says about me...


Yaaas Toad & Yoshi ftw! They make some of the best sounds ๐Ÿคช


I never get to pick first, so I never get to be Princess Peach or Yoshi because my kids choose them, so I end up being Luigi. I'm not important enough in the family to choose Mario. Besides, I usually lose.


hahaha- the sacrifices we make for children. ๐Ÿ˜œ


I really love that you showed that there is a link between loving crafts and coding. As someone who loved crafting as a kid, I've found that I kind of see coding as a way to create things in a way more accessible way!


Yes yes- absolutely!! Check out Jen Looper's DIY Terrarium with CSS project if you like those types of projects ๐ŸŒฑ github.com/jlooper/my-terrarium


This is amazing! Thank you so much!


The concept behind this project is ridiculous but I am 100% here for it! You've inspired me to run with whatever crazy, tweet joke ideas I come up with.



omg yas!! If that's the main takeaway: mission accomplished! Fun/silly/ridiculous demos ftw! Highly recommend following Danielle Baskin for more content like this! ๐Ÿคฉ twitter.com/djbaskin


Thanks!! I hope it inspires lotsa fun new playful versions of "astrology" ๐Ÿ”ฎ


Ah- I see you are evil, like my boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ


Haha, Wario is just a fun, happy-go-lucky guy. Itโ€™s Waluigi that you have to worry about ๐Ÿ‘€


I stepped away to get a drink, how did we get on cosplay? I'm so here for this. As a staff photographer for several anime conventions I have literally thousands upon thousands of cosplayer photos sitting on a HD I can try this on.


hahaha- once I discovered that the Microsoft Face API needed human images (vs cartoon) I decided to use cosplay images for my data!


The video will be posted here soon, so you can check out what ya missed ๐Ÿคฉ


Fun talk, Chloe! Love that this fun tweet turned into it's own site! Had no idea there was a NES.css....need to find some way to play with that sometime!


SAME! Now I wanna add NES.css to all the things ๐ŸŽฎ


This is why I am here! So excited for this.


Oh yay!! I'm so glad- thanks for coming!! ๐Ÿ’•


my favorites were toad and yoshi


oooh yes! I'm a Toadette gal myself ๐Ÿ’•


I like that this ties into your acting. I love actors who are able to just use their face to show a series of emotions that shows what they are thinking without words.


Absolutely! And there are so many fun ways that facial recognition could be applied to the arts. I hope we get some artistic code newbies watching out there who make more fun/creative projects using cognitive services! Hamilton face app, anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Loved your talk, Chloe! I've been meaning to play with the Face API for a long time, and the horoscopes idea is such a fun one


Oh yay! Excited to see all the cool face-y face projects y'all make (that's an official technical term, right? "face-y face"? ๐Ÿ˜œ)


giving me some good ideas for my next chatbot!


Oooh yay! Please share when you're done! ๐Ÿคฉ


Looks like fun with a nice integration. Will have to check it out!


How confidently can the API detect the features in a photo of darker skinned POC?


In my experience, the Face API has been incredibly accurate and has been trained on a diverse set of faces/images! Many of the cosplay images I used for this particular project were images of POC, and I had no trouble. If you try it yourself and run into any issues, please let me know and I'll provide that feedback directly to the eng team! ๐ŸŒˆ


Hi Chloe, I'm new to web development but really motivated because of what I've heard today. Thank you for the inspiration.


Oh, I'm so glad!! Anyone can learn to code- truly! I hope that some folks take inspiration and find that coding can be fun/silly/creative, too! We can solve problems with tech AND have fun while we learn ๐Ÿ’•


I'm looking forward to this! It sounds so interesting!