PowerShell PlayTime :: Project Oxford

I recently stumbled across Microsoft’s Project Oxford; a collection of “AI” APIs for computer vision, speech and language. More info can be found here:

  1. MSDN:
  2. Demo:
  3. GitHub:

The project has links to a C# SDK, but that felt a bit heavy-weight for what are essentially just web services; so I thought I’d have a quick play with these functions using PowerShell.

Before coding, an API key is required. This can be obtained by logging into the following site using your MS Account (aka .net passport / live account) and registering for the free API keys:

I began by looking at the Emotion API, trawling through the client SDK code found here:

Based on that code I was able to find all the info needed to call the rest services through PowerShell, resulting in this short script:

$imageFilePath = 'c:\SomeFolder\ImageOfMeLookingAwesome.jpg'
$emotionApiKeyFree = '**my emotion aki key goes here**' #api keys:

$RecogniseUri = ("{0}" -f $emotionApiKeyFree)
$ContentType = 'application/octet-stream'
$Body = [System.IO.MemoryStream][System.Convert]::FromBase64String([convert]::ToBase64String((get-content $imageFilePath -Encoding Byte)))
$Result = Invoke-RestMethod -Method Post -Uri $RecogniseUri -ContentType $ContentType -Body $Body 

#show the results
$Result | format-list #information saying I don't look awesome; just angry, contemptable, and sad... until you spot the Es

#open the image file so we can compare the results with the picture
invoke-item $imageFilePath

To make it easier to see how the results map to the image, I then appended this to the end of my script, generating an HTML page with an image map. Hovering your mouse over the image’s faces gives you the emotions.

$htmlResultPath = 'c:\SomeFolder\EmotiomApiMap.html'

$html = @"
<head><title>really simple html page for demoing project oxford's emotion api</title></head>
<img src="$imageFilePath" usemap="#emotionMap">
<map name="emotionMap">

$html = $html -f ($Result | %{
        $top = $
        $left = $_.faceRectangle.left
        $bottom = ($ + $_.faceRectangle.height)
        $right = ($_.faceRectangle.left + $_.faceRectangle.width)

        "<area shape='rect' coords='{0},{1},{2},{3}' title='{4}'>" -f $left, $top, $right, $bottom, ($_.scores | out-string) 
    } | Join-String)

$html | out-file $htmlResultPath -Force
invoke-item $htmlResultPath 
My emotional state

PowerShell Project Oxford Emotion API PoC

I plan to play with these APIs more over the next few months / hope to find time to knock up a PowerShell module for them which I could share on GibHub.


PowerShell Script: Demo of Calling a (StackExchange’s) Rest Web Service

Filed under: Microsoft, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — Developer42 @ 01:25

Warning: this post is not useful unless you just like playing with scripts & APIs.

Reading a few posts on StackExchange’s Meta site, I saw that there was demand for, but no intent to, create some kind of synonym sub-type feature for tags.
e.g. Users looking for items tagged PowerShell would also see those tagged only PowerShell-1.0, PowerShell-2.0, PowerShell-ISE, etc.
Users looking for PowerShell-1.0 are being more specific though, so shouldn’t see those tagged simply PowerShell, and definitely not those tagged PowerShell-2.0.

Since SE have no intention of creating this, I figured it would be useful to have a site which could present a view over Stack Exchange sites, giving users these additional features.
Since I don’t have time to do that though, I satisfied my craving to build something by knocking up a quick script to play with the SE API.
…And since implementing synonyms would require a huge dictionary, which I’d have to create, I sufficed myself with simply playing with the API without the synonymn hierarchy feature.
So this is just me playing about with my new favourite scripting language and an API I hope one day to play more with (though then it would be with some other language).
Here’s what I came up with…


$tags = $taglist -join ';'
[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Web") | Out-Null
$tags = [System.Web.HttpUtility]::UrlEncode($tags)
$url = ";pagesize=10&amp;order=desc&amp;sort=creation&amp;ans
wers=0&amp;closed=False&amp;tagged={0}&amp;site=stackoverflow" -f $tags
$json = Invoke-RestMethod $url
$json.items | select title,link | %{ "{0}`n{1}`n" -f [System.Web.HttpUtility]::HtmlDecode($_.title), $; }


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