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Hacking an epic NHL goal celebration with a hue light show and real-time machine learning

** UPDATE from April 1st 2019 (and it’s not an April’s fool :P) : Just launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn this project into a mobile app. Ever wanted an epic light show celebration in your living room when your favorite sports team scores a goal? This is your chance!

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In Montréal this time of year, the city literally stops and everyone starts talking, thinking and dreaming about a single thing: the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Even most of those who don’t normally care the least bit about hockey transform into die hard fans of the Montréal Canadiens, or the Habs like we also call them.

Below is a Youtube clip of the epic goal celebration hack in action. In a single sentence, I trained a machine learning model to detect in real-time that a goal was just scored by the Habs based on the live audio feed of a game and to trigger a light show using Philips hues in my living room.

The rest of this post explains each step that was involved in putting this together. A full architecture diagram is available if you want to follow along.

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