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.
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!
Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash gives an absolutely fantastic look at the future of VR/AR interaction. A must read for VR/AR enthusiasts!
I’ve been wondering when other Daydream-ready phones would arrive!
Learning concepts using VR was more effective than YouTube in this test.
Spacial Connect workflow allows for 3D audio to be controlled from within a VR environment.
They say standalone VR catching up to desktop VR won’t happen too soon.
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!
This is open for US only but you could get yourself a nice prize!
People are really excited about this movie!
WIRED covers the announcement of “Google Glass Enterprise Edition”!
Keen to know what’s inside? Here’s the info.
My favourite AR company, Meta, spoke to Bloomberg about what it has been like testing their AR headset with its own employees.
It will use a new processing unit for image and speech recognition.
Their standalone AR headset is just a concept for now.
Apple’s entrance with ARKit is also working wonders according to this report.
Intel might have closed its wearables product group.
TomTom might have too?
More details on this upcoming smartwatch…
Speech recognition in tech is hard, but Mozilla has an idea that could help!
Elon explained a bit more about his reasoning and concern around 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.
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.
This article made me wonder how long it’ll be till we have cyborg humans with whiskers…
It currently only has one post on it but hopefully lots more to come!
Our whiskered robots may soon also react to movements in real time.
Alexa is coming to the Amazon Android app!
Want to chat to Alexa on Slack instead? Try this.
IBM’s AI can predict the severity of schizophrenia based on MRI scans.
Soon, local AI might be accessible in the easiest of ways!
Robots may soon be able to identify 3D objects even if partially obscured.
I wonder if you can ride on them and go high speed when you’re about to miss your flight.
Learn robotics and build your own personal AI assistant with this robot!
Robot food delivery is already here!
This massive $2.5 million dollar fighting robot hopes to start a whole league!
They’ve managed to beat Amazon and localise it for Aussies.
I believe SparkFun, myDevices and Everything ESP are offering free SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Boards for entrants!
This is super exciting for connecting devices in the future!
Is this data Roomba should be selling?
Their smaller AI team are “going all out” on Bixby’s English version.
A review of the latest Echo with its touchscreen.
One part virtual assistant and one part IoT device.
This is seriously cool.
Here’s how to turn any Linux-based device into an Amazon Echo.
Showing live traffic conditions between two locations on a physical map!