The world's fastest and only offline virtual assistant. Bestee's complex machine learning algorithms allow her to compute directly on your android device and out-perform all other virtual assistants.More
After some brainstorming I set about searching the house for a suitable case. I ended up with a video camera case from the 1960s. Next, I painstakingly removed the motherboard from my laptop. Along came the SSD, power button circuit board and power inlet...Read
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Light Bringer© is an upcoming open-world action video game. Explore the 16 km² of wildlands in your fight against the social issues which plague South Africa. Experience all this in 4k graphics and without loading screens. Are you ready to spread the light?Explore
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Software Developer and Creative Professional based in Cape Town, South Africa. 18 years young.
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Nice to meet you, I'm Emile Ferreira. Let me introduce myself.
My life as a developer started at age 12 when I taught myself web coding. This enabled me to work as a freelance web developer. Within a year I had been commissioned and paid for my first website. After 3 years I'd built up an extensive portfolio of websites and interned at a web design studio, whilst also honing my graphic design skills.
In early 2017 (at 16 years old) I worked part-time for Silicon Valley based IT company Repl.it - alongside people from Google and Facebook - writing interactive coding courses. Later in the year I interned at Root - a company revolutionizing banking - under the guidance of Malan Joubert, founder of SnapScan.
I took this experience and developed a secure banking app which generates a random pin for each tansaction and keeps your card disabled, except right when you need it. Also, I attended the Google Cloud developers' conference which gave me insight into cloud storage and computing, making my current project possible.
By the end of 2017 I'd completed a 2 year design course at Putter School - furthering my creative pursuits. I also built my own computer from recycled laptop parts.
At the moment I'm exploring the boundaries of artificial intelligence by developing the world's fastest and only offline virtual assistant - Bestee. It's kind of a big deal.
Did I mention I'm still in high school?
Bestee completely out-performs other virtual assistants. While they take a few seconds to respond, Bestee is literally instant. What is more - unlike other virtual assistants - she works offline. This means she's always there for you, wherever you go.
But Bestee is more than just a virtual assistant; she's your best friend.
Due to the popularity this gained on Facebook, I decided to turn it into a proper article.
For the past 4 years I've been using a gaming laptop (Packard Bell TS11...) as my daily driver and gaming machine.
There had been a big performance dip in recent months, and even a few crashes. So I decided to install hardware monitoring software and noticed that the CPU (i5 2450m) would regularly break 100°C, and the GPU (GT 630m) would reach high 90s. This meant I was constantly being thermal throttled, and the computer would occasionally shut down to protect itself.
Something had to be done.
Upon disassembling the laptop, I noticed the cooling system for the CPU and dedicated GPU comprised of a single fan (clogged with dust) with an inlet the size of a R5 coin. And - due to the nature of laptops - everything was crammed together, not allowing for airflow.
After some brainstorming I set about searching the house for a suitable case. I ended up with a video camera (Minolta 8 k170) case from the 1960s. This is what inspired the steampunk theme, which I'm very happy with.
Commence the build.
I sourced the largest, most powerful computer fans available at the local computer store. The inlet fan I placed in a cut-out on the front (see photo attached of me holding it in place), and the exhaust fan on the right side panel. Also, I made a long cut-out on the opposite side panel for the motherboard IO.
Next, I painstakingly removed the motherboard from my laptop. Along came the SSD, power button circuit board and power inlet. The screen, track-pad and keyboard cables were easy enough to disconnect.
I made custom raisers from plastic rod to secure the motherboard in the case. By some miracle it was a PERFECT fit. The power button circuit board was screwed to the back panel with a hole for the button and LED (see photo of back panel), whilst the power inlet was fed through a cut-out below the IO.
I pushed the power button and... it worked!
I planned on using the battery charger to power the fans, but for some reason Windows thought there was no battery inserted. Pfft. Instead I hooked up a USB circuit board (with 2 USBs) to the motherboard.
Now everything was working, but I was a little underwhelmed by the performance. I would consistently hit 87°C whilst gaming, meaning I was still being thermal throttled.
The problem was that USBs output 5V, whilst the fans require 12V. I needed a converter. Unfortunately these didn't ship to South Africa. Fortunately my friend was about to return from a trip to the UK.
With the fans running at max velocity, the last thing needed was a heat sink. I fashioned homemade ones from copper wire, and borrowed another from some old desktop. These I attached to the heat pipes and CPU.
It was complete!
I now rarely push 70°C on either the CPU or GPU. Thanks to the improved thermals, I've been able to significantly overclock both my GPU and CPU. Resulting in about 30% increase in performance. As well as not being thermal throttled results in an additional 50%.
Total expense for the build was R240 (minus the broken jigsaw blade).
Thank you for letting me share.
I found an old victorian-style coat and fixed it up. I then decided to have a photoshoot with it and ended up using one of the photos in a photo-manipulation. Photo creds: Masashi Wakui
KUSA accredited Golden Retrievers bred, raised and homed with care. I designed the website.
Simple, Secure, Savvy - Lockdown is the ultimate in secure banking. Your card is always locked-down, except right when you need it. Additionally; a temporary pin number is generated for each transaction you make. So you don’t even need to remember your pin.
In each 20-min course you are tasked with creating an app or game, whilst you learn the language. Creating something tangible offers a sense of accomplishment and drives you to keep learning.
Take these free courses to kickstart your coding and stay relevant in an ever-changing world.
Caffe blu is a coffee bar in Hermanus, South Africa. I designed the website whilst interning at Aura Design.
Light Bringer© is an upcoming open-world action video game. Explore the 16 km² of wildlands in your fight against the social issues which plague South Africa. Experience all this in 4k graphics and without loading screens. Are you ready to spread the light?
Kecks is a custom swimwear and underwear company based in South Africa. I designed the website and took all the photos.
My computer background was looking rather bare so I - inspired by the Photoshop loading screen - decided to design a wallpaper for myself.
Earth Cottage Self-Catering is a farm cottage tucked away in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, just outside of hermanus. I designed the website and took some of the photographs.
I was approached to design the ticket for the after party to a formal dance. The image on the left is the front, while the right is the back of the ticket.
I sketched, then illustrated this design as concept art for a low-poly video game.
Swarm© is a sci-fi first person shooter set in a future where artificial intelligence has revolutionized warfare. I developed Swarm© as a quick two-week project to showcase my skills as a young game developer.
I created this isometric photo-manipulation as planning for my art project in grade 8.
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I code apps that solve problems.
I make games that you want to play.
I design relevant yet unexpected visuals.
Need an app, program or game developed? I got you. With my experience in a diverse array of coding languages I'm a perfect fit for your team.
I create clean, responsive websites that speak to your prospective users and result in conversions. My websites are built using the latest html5 and Css3 code, keeping your site performing well - no matter the device on which it's used. My SEO skills will help rank you at the top of search results.
I focus on branding using slick, clean designs to convey the message in the most visually pleasing way possible. I will make your visual presence relevant yet unexpected, putting your brand way above the rest.
I love giving back; I share my coding knowlege in easy-to-follow, interactive courses.
Technology is all around us.
In each 20-min course you are tasked with creating an app or game, whilst you learn the language. Creating something tangible offers a sense of accomplishment and drives you to keep learning. At the end of the course you're given a blank canvas to start your own project.
Take these free courses to kickstart your coding and stay relevant in an ever-changing world.
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"Emile's skills far surpass even the skill level of many second or third year design students. Emile is adept in fields like video-making, digital 3D design, interaction design and graphic design. If you are looking for someone who is prepared, competent, industrious, creative, entrepreneurial, connective and - above all, a really decent human being - you will have found that in Emile." Read more...
"Emile is one of the best interns who we have had the pleasure of working with, and I am positive that he will be nothing but a great asset to you and your team. In over 15 years of running a design and hosting company I have never seen such potential and enthusiasm for our industry." Read more...
"Emile is very talented not only in coding but also in video production and has a knack for marketing as well. This makes him one of a kind technical talent. We contracted him to build courses on our site and he was able to jump in and work in different programming languages and a format that is new to him." Read more...
"Punctuality, efficiency, responsibility, conduct, willingness - all exellent. Cool kid - takes initiative." Read more...