We’ve made it to the 100th issue of the newsletter! This milestone week has brought Google Glass’ next enterprise phase, Google Home arrived in Australia, we had a tonne of AI news and one group believes the world needs a giant robot fighting league.

Google Glass, Google Home in Oz and is there a giant robot fighting league in the future?

Register your interest for my virtual assistant course!

I’m making a fun, light-hearted online course on building a virtual assistant using Api.ai! Registering early interest will get you a discount code when it’s out to say thanks and you can give your thoughts on what it should cover!

 

Virtual Reality

VR’s grand challenge: Michael Abrash on the future of human interaction

Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash gives an absolutely fantastic look at the future of VR/AR interaction. A must read for VR/AR enthusiasts!

Google promises 11 Daydream VR phones by the end of the year

I’ve been wondering when other Daydream-ready phones would arrive!

Google tests interactive learning with VR espresso machine, “people learned faster and better in VR”

Learning concepts using VR was more effective than YouTube in this test.

Dear Reality release new workflow for spacial audio

Spacial Connect workflow allows for 3D audio to be controlled from within a VR environment.

Oculus: standalone VR won’t be as good as Rift for at least two years

They say standalone VR catching up to desktop VR won’t happen too soon.

Facebook’s plan to win VR: slow + steady + games + Reddit

They also say “someone who buys a Rift today has years of enjoyment in front of them”. So that Rift you bought/buy in the sales right now is all good!

HTC VR survey offers Vives & gift cards as prizes, aims to understand VR users

This is open for US only but you could get yourself a nice prize!

Steven Spielberg brings ambitious ‘Ready Player One’ footage to Comic-Con

People are really excited about this movie!

 

Augmented and Mixed Reality

Google Glass 2.0 is a startling second act

WIRED covers the announcement of “Google Glass Enterprise Edition”!

Google Glass Enterprise Edition: The full spec sheet revealed

Keen to know what’s inside? Here’s the info.

This startup wants to replace your office with 3D holograms

My favourite AR company, Meta, spoke to Bloomberg about what it has been like testing their AR headset with its own employees.

HoloLens 2 will have a custom AI chip designed by Microsoft

It will use a new processing unit for image and speech recognition.

Lenovo reveals AR headset DaystAR

Their standalone AR headset is just a concept for now.

The augmented reality landscape shows 60% growth in startups focused on enterprise

Apple’s entrance with ARKit is also working wonders according to this report.

 

Wearables

Intel axed its entire smartwatch and fitness-tracker group to focus on augmented reality, sources say

Intel might have closed its wearables product group.

TomTom could be stepping back from wearable tech and action cams

TomTom might have too?

The Fitbit smartwatch will be a long-lasting, waterproof, health-focused device

More details on this upcoming smartwatch…

 

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

Mozilla wants to turn your voice into democracy for speech recognition

Speech recognition in tech is hard, but Mozilla has an idea that could help!

Elon Musk clarifies that AI regulation should follow observation and insight

Elon explained a bit more about his reasoning and concern around AI.

Good news, Musk: House of Lords launches public inquiry into AI

The UK is going to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of AI in a public enquiry. Will be interesting to see how this goes.

This famous roboticist doesn’t think Elon Musk understands AI

I’m mainly putting this here to show both sides, however, I’m pretty strongly on the side of Elon Musk on this one. We need to be planning ahead and I worry people are underestimating the speed of progress. There’s also a bit of back and forth between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.

Want a robot that can really feel? Give it whiskers

This article made me wonder how long it’ll be till we have cyborg humans with whiskers…

Apple launches machine learning research site

It currently only has one post on it but hopefully lots more to come!

Sony’s high-speed ‘eye’ gives robots 1,000 fps vision

Our whiskered robots may soon also react to movements in real time.

You’ll be able to talk to Alexa on Android phones starting this week

Alexa is coming to the Amazon Android app!

Silent Echo lets you chat with Alexa over Slack

Want to chat to Alexa on Slack instead? Try this.

IBM’s AI can predict schizophrenia by looking at the brain’s blood flow

IBM’s AI can predict the severity of schizophrenia based on MRI scans.

This little USB stick is designed to make AI plug-and-play

Soon, local AI might be accessible in the easiest of ways!

Advanced vision algorithm helps robots learn to see in 3D

Robots may soon be able to identify 3D objects even if partially obscured.

LG’s new airport robots will guide you to your gate and clean up your trash

I wonder if you can ride on them and go high speed when you’re about to miss your flight.

Q.bo One: Your open source personal robot assistant

Learn robotics and build your own personal AI assistant with this robot!

A robot delivered my dinner

Robot food delivery is already here!

Inside MegaBot’s journey to launch a giant combat robot league

This massive $2.5 million dollar fighting robot hopes to start a whole league!

 

Internet of Things

Google Home launches in Australia

They’ve managed to beat Amazon and localise it for Aussies.

ESP8266 IoT contest – simplify the connected world

I believe SparkFun, myDevices and Everything ESP are offering free SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Boards for entrants!

Bluetooth Mesh launches as the ultimate Internet of Things tool

This is super exciting for connecting devices in the future!

Roomba’s next big step is selling maps of your home to the highest bidder

Is this data Roomba should be selling?

Samsung cancels Bixby speaker due to “unbeatable” Amazon and Google

Their smaller AI team are “going all out” on Bixby’s English version.

Seeing is believing: the Amazon Echo Show review

A review of the latest Echo with its touchscreen.

Microsoft showcases a Cortana thermostat that you can’t actually buy

One part virtual assistant and one part IoT device.

Hacker turns ’80s intercom into a Google AI assistant with Raspberry Pi

This is seriously cool.

How to add Alexa to a Raspberry Pi

Here’s how to turn any Linux-based device into an Amazon Echo.

Arduino-NeoPixel traffic map

Showing live traffic conditions between two locations on a physical map!

 


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