This week, we have a 360 camera filming a haunted house, a fancy AR bench from Disney and an ecoskeleton controlled by Alexa! You could also win a $50 Steam card for building a virtual robot in VR!
I’m making a fun, light-hearted online course on building a virtual assistant using Api.ai! I’m asking for thoughts on what it should cover and opening registrations for early interest! Registering early will grant you a discount code when it’s out as my way of saying thanks!
The fantastic team at Web Directions have an AI conference in Sydney! If you use the code “devdiner”, you’ll get $100 off! They’ve also got a deal if you get both their AI + Summit conferences together before September 15 (you get a fancy silver Summit ticket including videos!). Check it out!
A great conference series that is entirely online! No need to leave your home! Watch from anywhere and view the replays any time afterwards. Want 30% off? Use our code DEVDINER30! They also have a bundle for two or three conferences (they’ve got a cybersecurity one too!)
NextVR has a VR camera for capturing light in extreme darkness and brought it into a haunted house for one of their projects!
A nice look into a successful VR project and the lessons learnt.
A nice post guiding people on how to get into WebVR. Worth a read!
They’ve been prototyping ways of animating objects and characters in Blocks, their new VR modelling tool.
Wondering what it’d be like? Live it through this article!
Lenovo’s headset name has been revealed in a trademark application.
Good at building stuff in Google’s Blocks? You could win a $50 Steam card!
A nice look at the neat things people are doing with ARKit!
GE Aviation are using Google Glass on the factory floor.
An unexpected new entrant into the space.
A useful guide!
An interesting idea for AR!
Last orders will be late September 2017. Not sure whether this means HoloLens will no longer produce new ones till the newer one with a HPU?
If you have an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch, you may be grappling with serious bugs.
I look at the history of the sensors used in Fitbits and how they’re changing.
Sensors seem to be a big deal for the next Fitbit range.
Things aren’t going well at Snapchat but wearables and AR might save them.
A look at where things are right now in AI, where we’re headed and why we urgently need to discuss AI’s future today. Part one in a series I’m writing to turn my Web Directions Code AI presentation into an article series!
Forget Go or Chess, OpenAI’s AI was able to beat the top Dota 2 player in a one on one match after just 2 weeks of deep learning. They are releasing the bot so that anyone can play against it. I feel like that’s a ploy so they can train it even more…
Not a Dota 2 fan? DeepMind are using Starcraft II instead!
“Microsoft and Google made the same mistake. We focused on Cortana on the phone and PC, particularly the phone. […] You need an AI-first device to solidify an emerging base of ecosystems.”
This is a nice and honest reflection from an AI researcher.
Fantastic to see a feature on Clarifai founder, Matthew Zeiler, in Forbes!
Keen to learn more about deep learning? Here’s a good resource!
IBM’s system managed to achieve it in seven hours, while Microsoft’s one to set the previous record took 10 days.
This research can determine sleep stages using radio waves & deep learning!
Speaking about sleep… Google is teaching AI how to learn while it rests.
This is a wonderful use of AI!
“First generation robots worked in factories. Second generation robots are preparing for white-collar profession. Sort of like people.”
The applications “could range from elderly assistance to long-term heavy-duty lifting, to neurological command pathways”.
Shows how one creative put together a procedurally generated scene.
The Alexa-enabled Eufy Genie is just $35.
“Designed as an audio streaming module it comes with an integrated DAC with hardware volume control, a digital TOSLINK output, and full-sized USB A connector.”
A very real-world use case for a DIY IoT system.
Using a Raspberry Pi Zero to make this retro PC!
Scott Shawcroft, an Adafruit engineer, discusses their hardware transition to CircuitPython.
Combining a R/C car, Raspberry Pi, and some 3D-printed and laser-cut parts!
“Buy an IR receiver for a buck, plug it into an Arduino, and load up some IR-decoding code.”
One developer reverse engineered the communication between bulb and app.
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!