This week, Google I/O had a whole lot of super exciting VR, AR, AI and IoT announcements like standalone VR headsets with positional tracking and useful mobile AR powered by machine learning! Samsung also made an extra stretchable screen that can withstand dents and knocks, I know I want that on my devices asap!
This week, Amazon released their newest Echo device, the Echo Show, Meta 2 AR headset demo footage was released in full, Palmer Luckey reemerged and is having a blast cosplaying (good on him!), the team behind Job Simulator have been acquired by Google and so much more! It was a huge week.
Porting an existing game into VR with Radiant Crusade
Moving an existing game into virtual reality is a tough challenge. There are a lot of challenges involved and not every game can make the switch successfully. Radiant Crusade is an example of a game that underwent a significant transformation to turn it into a VR game. Eric Provencher from Radiance Games shared their experience.
Mongoose OS — an open source IoT operating system
Mongoose OS is an open source, cross-platform operating system for connected microcontrollers. It works with a range of microcontrollers and is available right now for developers to try out! I was really fascinated by the platform and reached out to find out more. Sergey Lyubka spoke to me about their operating system, how it differs from other IoT platforms and how developers can get started.
This week, machine learning stole the show as it put together super realistic 3D game walking animations (seriously impressive stuff!) while also working to help rescue bees, diagnose lung cancer and learn to detect sarcasm (even more impressive! No sarcasm intended...). What a week!
We have a global event calendar!
I've just finished putting together version 1 of our global events calendar and I really hope developers out there find it useful! It'll have links to meetups, conferences and hackathons happening around the world about virtual reality, augmented reality, the Internet of Things, wearables, artificial intelligence and robotics.