Blue bottle line + time-lapse video

My office is across the street from the Blue Bottle at Mint Plaza, which is both awesome and distracting. I go there at least 3 times a week for coffee breaks with coworkers, and it’s a popular destination for the other startups in the area as well. Zaarly probably has the best view of the coffee shop and has cleverly set up a video camera that takes a snapshot every minute, so that anyone can check how long the line is in almost real-time. Needless to say, I always check the feed before getting my next cup.

I decided to have a little fun with the camera feed. So I grabbed all the snapshots for Friday, January 17 (6am Р7:30pm), and stitched them together to create a time-lapse video [1]. Hope you guys enjoy it! Scripts are available on my Github [2].


[1] Technologies: EC2 instance running a cronjob, ffmpeg to stitch together the images, and iMovie to add the music.

[2]¬†There are several file dependencies (fonts) that I haven’t included in the repo since this was just a little hack. Also there is code to add the timestamp to the images themselves, but for some reason, I couldn’t get iMovie to render them when I was adding the audio.

[3] I’m thinking about doing some computer vision stuff next. For example, detecting the number of people in line. I experimented a little bit with out-of-the-box classifiers but they didn’t work too well for me.

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