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How to design a motherboard for your electronics project - Part 1 Designing a motherboard for your project is a great second step when developing an electronics project. This is the guide I wish existed when I got started doing this.
Categories:  Projects
Posted: February 21, 2021
Caffstat Beta Caffstat is the first Hackable Home Thermostat
Categories:  Projects
Posted: February 20, 2021
v2 Updates to my HomeKit Thermostat Making my thermostat project into something I can actually use every day
Categories:  Projects
Posted: December 31, 2020
Building my own HomeKit Thermostat Holiday 2020 project, building a custom HomeKit enabled thermostat
Categories:  Projects
Posted: December 27, 2020
Unwritten Coding Standards: Vertical Whitespace Simple vertical whitespace rules that will make any code easier to read
Categories:  Coding, mike8
Posted: May 27, 2020
Relationship Bootstrap Front-loading all the things I love and would inevitably tell you about anyway
Categories:  Random
Posted: May 24, 2020
Scalability Dimensions A few words on how you should order parameters to maximize codebase consistency and scalability
Categories:  Coding
Posted: May 20, 2020
Unwritten Coding Standards: Parameter Ordering A few words on how you should order parameters to maximize codebase consistency and scalability
Categories:  Coding, mike8
Posted: May 13, 2020
Complicated Custom Apple Watch Complications, enabled by WebHooks
Categories:  Projects, iOS, Complicated
Posted: March 09, 2019
Making Mini Dor Sensors Using silicone moulding to make party favors for my product launch party
Categories:  Projects
Posted: January 26, 2019
Retro on Colab Using Google Colab to run OpenAI's Gym Retro
Categories:  AI/ML, Colab, Retro
Posted: May 25, 2018
Running Multiple Retro Environments Using retrowrapper to easily run environments as subprocesses
Categories:  AI/ML, Retro
Posted: May 22, 2018
Google Colab + Losswise Using Losswise as a replacement for Tensorboard on Colab
Categories:  AI/ML, Colab
Posted: May 21, 2018
OpenAI Retro - Collision Maps Detecting collision maps from sonic frames using a U-Net
Categories:  Projects, AI/ML
Posted: May 20, 2018 - Fake "AirPods" I just can't believe that Walmart is allowing these on the marketplace
Categories:  Random
Posted: May 19, 2018
I hate writing web scrapers Proposition for a better way to scrape`
Categories:  Projects, Web, Scraping
Posted: April 02, 2016
Hearsay Android App Stay up to date on the latest news with Hearsay
Categories:  Android
Posted: May 27, 2014

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My name is Mike Lyons, and I am a Engineer / Entrepreneur living in the SF Bay Area. I love working with smart people to solve hard problems. I've worked at several startups in the bay area, my main area of focus is bridging the gap between hardware and software products. I've worked on Backend systems for hardware, Embedded Software, and Edge Machine Learning algorithms and pipelines. I am open for consulting, if you are interested shoot me an email at:


Here are my current shipping projects. I'd love if you'd check them out and let me know what you think.

Caffstat (Beta)

A hackable home thermostat integrated with Home Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Google Home.


An iOS / Watch OS app that makes it easy to build custom integrations with your watch

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I would love to buy you coffee, whoever you are, just as long as you are willing to have a conversation with me about whatever random thing is on my mind. Reach out, you won't be sorry.