This week was an action packed one with amazing footage of a giant robot spider fighting a robot dragon in Canada, self-folding robots inspired by origami, Magic Leap revealing part of their secret sauce is in deep learning and the very sad news that AltspaceVR is shutting down.
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This isn’t the end of social VR or anything too drastic yet, however it is really sad news for a platform that was quite popular. They sadly ran out of funds and couldn’t find more investors in time.
No phone or PC needed and it’s now going beyond just China!
The uncanny valley effect was a factor in their designing of avatars.
One interesting announcement from the Siggraph conference.
OptiTrack is launching body sensors that promise whole-body skeletal tracking in VR arcades and other multiplayer venues!
Sansar is the VR successor to Second Life and is by its founder.
Occipital hopes to bring a better class of mobile VR to iPhone users.
The martian surface uses real data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE satellite!
VRvisu visualises a patient’s cancerous tumor in VR.
It turns out Magic Leap are using two deep convolutional neural networks for their SLAM tracking. This sounds really neat.
UrhoSharp might make building cross-platform AR apps a lot easier!
Apple do indeed appear to have a AR headset at least in consideration.
Looks like a neat idea if the tracking works well. It’s coming soon.
They’re working on new VR/AR displays and new haptic feedback.
This ARKit powered app is really well done!
If you’re worried about how to keep using your Pebble, Rebble is still around!
Stanford scientists have developed a camera for autonomous robots that can refocus images after they’re captured.
Inspired by origami! Super cool!
So much great potential here to do brilliant things with AI in health care.
Facebook is looking to further build “compelling experiences within Messenger that are powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning”.
Messenger Platform 2.1 has built-in natural language processing from the Wit.ai team who joined Facebook a while back. The Wit.ai bot engine will be shutting down (the rest of Wit.ai is still available!).
An interesting look at using deep learning to colour images.
DeepMind wants their AI to be able to imagine the consequences of their actions before they make them.
The Mi AI Speaker brings yet another smart speaker to the world.
The “robots were even able to overcome faults in their motors, and adapt to changes in the tasks they were set”.
This is actually a really neat idea. They aim to record eight videos every day, each of them five seconds in length. The goal? To capture those more candid moments with the family.
I have no words.
Arduino.cc and Arduino.org are officially merging as announced last year.
Intel had already scrapped its Joule, Galileo, and Edison lines.
… and their own smart speaker!
It’s a paid API called Plume.io that can add air quality data to your app.
Showcasing IoT gadgets is best done in physical stores and Amazon is getting a whole lot of them.
Myself and fellow speakers share our insights on Alexa in this roundup!
Guess what caught him? An “Alexa Echo”!
While the story above is true, a few weeks back the story about an Echo calling the police on its own is apparently not true (the Echo and Google Home can’t do that). It’s one mystery we may never have the answer to.
Using an Arduino, a bunch of sensors and more for stroke rehab.
Keen to do the Maker Faire in Rome? Get your proposal in!
Had enough of these smart speakers and just want the real deal? Make yourself a HAL9000 replica powered by Raspberry PI and Jasper.