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They'll be talking about Lorraine's Face Mask Project:
Episode 463: Raspberry Pi Speech to Text LED Face Mask
|Lorraine Underwood||VCP Biography: AirborneSurfer - Matt Eargle|
|Lorraine is a Senior Teaching Associate at Lancaster University, instructing undergraduates in computer science in hands-on studio sessions. Even with a degree in Computer Science, Lorraine was never interested in electronics until she attended a Raspberry Pi training session for educators called Picademy. That event opened Lorraine's eyes to electronics, and introduced her to a new love: LEDs, which have since become one of the focuses of the many projects she's built. In 2020, she wrote her first book: "Save the World with Code: 20 Fun Projects for All Ages Using Raspberry Pi, micro:bit, and Circuit Playground Express" in paperback, which was published by McGraw-Hill and is on sale today.|
Since high school, I skipped around trying to find my place in an ever-changing world. Radio and TV, my high school sweethearts, were too formatted and homogenous—the heart and soul sucked out of them by a decade of corporate consolidation. I turned to my second love, aviation, and I trained as a helicopter pilot. My natural inclination toward systems gave me an edge—especially when learning radio navigation—but I never stopped building. I used my piloting skills to help NASA develop machine vision algorithms for unmanned spacecraft. I pressed for the University System of Georgia to adopt Free and Open Source Software as a cost-saving measure (a proposal that was ultimately doomed when federal grant monies were used to purchase iMacs and Windows 7 licenses for them). I designed and built specialized intrusion detection and surveillance equipment for law enforcement. Eventually, I circled back to video production—utilizing this new platform called “YouTube” and honing my skills by creating tutorial videos.
Today, I teach courses STEM in areas such as basic electronics and drone operation. I sit on the board for a hacker/maker convention in southern California. I work with a nonprofit that repurposes old computers for scientific research. I make videos about my different projects. And, on occasion, I find the time to surf.