This week, we’ve got the ability to control VR with your mind, robot “living jewellery” that clings to your clothes and a DIY Google Glass by a 15-year-old maker!

Mind controlled VR, wearable robots and a DIY Google Glass

Mind controlled VR, wearable robots and a DIY Google Glass!

 

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Virtual Reality

Thoughts on the future of 3D on the web

Xavier Ho provides his perspective on the industry in this guest post for Dev Diner! Thanks Xavier!

Firefox is getting VR support tomorrow

Tomorrow being… today! Like… right now. Go try it!

Neurable’s HTC Vive add-on lets you control VR with your mind

Rather than using the EEG signals like Muse’s headband, it uses event-related potential (ERP) signals which measure user response to stimuli.

The Oculus launcher now works with Steam games

Your Oculus Rift’s Portal app now launches any VR app, not just ones from their Store.

Acer’s Windows Mixed Reality Headset torn down (pictures)

Let this developer take apart his headset so you don’t have to!

Google Daydream update arrives on Galaxy S8, S8+ handsets

You can now use Daydream apps and such on the S8 and S8+.

Vive Studios releases MakeVR Pro 3D modeling software for serious creatives

They’ve got their own 3D modelling software available on Steam now!

TPCast’s PC transmitter and battery get FCC approval

TPCast’s wireless upgrade kit’s has FCC approval but no release date yet.

AMD, Foundry and HP collaborate on VR bound’s inaugural VR Awards

The shortlist for each of the 12 categories has been revealed!

 

Augmented and Mixed Reality

The new Google Glass is on sale today (but don’t get it)

I disagree with the “don’t get it” part of the title. Get it if you’re looking to use it for professional/enterprise use. Or if you can’t resist technology.

15-year-old maker builds his own $60 AR headset

I’ve been wanting to find a way to do this myself! DIY Google Glass!

Omega Ophthalmics is an eye implant platform with the power of continuous AR

Want more than just a headset? What about an implant?

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.17 update adds experimental ARKit support

It also has Spectator Screen support to the Rift and Vive, and more!

Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

Escher Reality is building a cross-platform toolkit and custom backend for mobile AR developers.

Apple bets the future of augmented reality will be on your phone

Wired discusses Apple’s ARKit future.

Meet the AR powered surgeon

Fascinating to hear that the tech is being tried out in real world settings!

What it’s like to play Super Mario in AR, and why it matters

CNET looks at that Super Mario HoloLens app that came out a little while ago.

The Genesis virtual guide is a modern take on the traditional vehicle manual

The 2017 Genesis G80/G90 models have an AR manual now available.

 

Wearables

Samsung Gear Pop evidence mounts courtesy of Bluetooth certification

Samsung may have a new wearable on the way!

Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds

In some circumstances, fitness wearables can end up being a de-motivating factor after the initial novelty wears off.

Fitbit for the blind: Echolocation-based smartwatch aids sightless steps

Sonar sensor & gentle vibrations help reveal surrounding objects and people.

RapidSOS wants wearables to come to the rescue in emergency situations

They’ve made some partnerships to make it easier to connect to 911 during a crash or a medical emergency.

 

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

Talking machine learning with Tanmay Bakshi at the IBM Watson Summit!

Tanmay knows his stuff on machine learning! Had a great chat with him.

IBM touts improved distributed training time for visual recognition models

They’ve beaten impressive times set by Facebook’s AI Research Lab.

Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine: the smart person’s guide

TechRepublic explains how it works and why it matters.

Tencent takes down chinese chatbot after anti-communist outbursts

Yep. Another chatbot that didn’t quite go as planned.

The US military can now shoot down consumer drones it considers a threat

The Pentagon has approved a new policy that lets em shoot down your stuff.

When bots fight, who settles it?

Really valid question for our future filled with AI.

Dueling AIs compete in learning to walk, secretly manipulating images and more at NIPS

The Neural Information Processing Systems conference has some interesting competitions that might be worth looking into!

Wonderful news: Robots can tell when you are being sarcastic

Oh yeah, that’s real original.

Why chatbots make me nervous

Are we sacrificing long-term relationships for short term help solutions?

High schooler makes 3D-printed, machine learning-powered eye disease diagnosis system

This is super impressive!

Tiny robots are the fashion accessory of tomorrow

MIT’s “living jewelry” has palm-sized robots that cling onto clothing with magnets.

 

Internet of Things

The $10 hardware hack that wrecks IoT security

So many IoT security issues found using an SD card reader & some soldering.

Amazon echo hack turns speaker into covert listening device

Hackers could hack into your Echo using this method on the 2015 and 2016 versions of the speaker, but they need physical access.

New bill seeks basic IoT security standards

The US is looking to enforce some IoT security, which is hopefully a good sign.

How to get practical water data in a unique way

It is a bot and water monitoring device!

Computerception

Why not put a Raspberry Pi into a 2007 netbook? Here’s how in great detail.

Turn your Raspberry Pi into an ultra-mobile PC

Netbook not small enough? How about this then.

Super compact Raspberry Pi 3 ‘Slim’ is just 7mm thick

With some adjusting, the Raspberry Pi can get even smaller!

Adafruit launches “women in hardware” series

A new video series of interviews with influential women innovating in the electronics hardware industry.

 

 


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