This week, Valve revealed their new "Knuckles" controller that can independently track all five fingers, one VR prototype can change the taste of food, a developer recreated Super Mario Bros in Central Park on the HoloLens and Amazon has an interesting looking beehive-like airport patent for drones!
This team have already built 20 educational games in VR and AR
Bringing emerging tech into education is something which we need much more of. The team at arludo are powering forward doing just this — using VR and AR to educate students about science. Michael Kasumovic, the founder of arludo, took some time to chat about their journey so far.
This week was a big one! One company claims they can make a VR headset with "human eye resolution", Microsoft's AI reached the maximum possible score on Ms. Pac-Man, we finally have brightly coloured chicken and bear themed smart speakers on the way from Line and — most excitingly of all — Mario Kart VR is coming exclusively to an arcade in Japan. Book those flights!
Teaching the joys of STEM with robots and multiplayer programming
StarLAB is something we need more of — tech built by a team of engineers to help students learn together. In this case, they get to learn to build cool robots! I spoke with Clinton McKinnon, the Electrical/Marketing Engineer at Obelisk Systems, about StarLAB and their platform.
This week, Amazon gave us the capability to block calls and messages on the Echo, Sesame Workshop and IBM are trying a new AI-powered teaching method for kids, and Make show how you can take photos through Raspberry Pi-powered binoculars!
This week, AWE 2017 brought a whole lot of exciting AR news, including Meta's new AR Workspace operating environment! Apple announced their own news at WWDC, now supporting VR on the Mac, AR on iOS and bringing out their own Amazon Echo-style speaker. So much happening!