This week, we found out more about Facebook’s AR smart glasses, a new type of soft robot can heal itself and Meta revealed a video with their AR operating environment, the Meta Workspace, which looks pretty neat!
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!)
Create a great use case – app or otherwise – with their mock car emulator, APIs and SDKs, and you could win cash prizes and giveaways worth over €30k! Put your emerging tech enthusiasm to work and enter their 8 week Digital Challenge! Ends Sept 28th!
Using Unity? You’ll want to update ASAP! There’s a Remote Code Execution flaw in the Editor. Critical security patches are available at the link above.
Largely bug fixes and optimisations which could be worthwhile if you’re using the Leap Motion in your project, check the releases page for details!
HTC announced a permanent price reduction from $800 to $600!
I’ve included this as a HTC spokesman responded to point out the changes to the Vive are more for businesses and warehouses with more space. If you’re just buying one for your apartment, the Vive is a-okay to buy!
HTC Vive confirms Chinese and Western versions will use the same hardware.
“Intel said the chips have 40 percent better performance than the previous-generation Core processors”.
Research is looking into the impact VR may have on our brains and eyes.
“Every gym will have some element of augmented or virtual reality in it”.
“It takes 100 hours of a massive render farm to do a single frame of an Avatar movie. Show me that in real-time in VR, and that will be what I’ll call true VR.” — James Cameron
Meta have released a video of their AR operating environment — your own personalized 3D AR desktop! Been considering ordering a Meta 2 Dev Kit? The pre-order price of $949 is expiring on Monday August 28!
A new patent by Oculus shows their AR glasses will use waveguide display tech, a similar approach to the Hololens but their images show they want it to be more compact like regular glasses.
It will likely arrive with the next flagship Snapdragon mobile platform.
AR filters get a bit confused when we put our hands in front of our face, this research team looked into why and how we can improve it using AI.
The Thermen Museum in the Netherlands will use the Google Cardboard-like Aryzon AR headset as part of an archaeology exhibit.
I was hoping they’d do this… but I kinda already got Here One headphones…
This could really help some people out there.
The US Senate voted for an FDA bill that contains a measure to allow people to purchase hearing aids over the counter.
Here’s what Wareable have worked out so far about the future of Jawbone.
Elon Musk and 115 founders of AI and robotics companies are calling for a worldwide ban on autonomous weapons.
Some simple explanations with math, code and real-world examples.
Yikes — “Machine-learning software trained on the datasets didn’t just mirror those biases, it amplified them.”
“A new type of soft robot can go under the knife and make a full recovery in about a day.”
30 new languages are available in their speech to text API.
It “avoids any of the potential germs of customers handling food at a self-serve station and keeps produce refrigerated, helping avoid food waste.”
It’s now much easier for companies to make Alexa-enabled products.
Google may be releasing a smaller Google Home later this year.
Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant is now global!
Their neural networks tries to predict which stories will be most popular.
Taryn Southern is releasing an AI-composed album called “I AM AI” where she plugged in parameters like mood, style, and tempo to auto-compose the underlying chords and instrumentation (she wrote lyrics and vocal melodies).
I’m compiling a list of countries that the Echo now lets you set your local address in. Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Canada and a few others now can set their address without hacks! I hope this will mean the Echo will be shipping to more places soon!
The latest version of Raspbian is out! This blog post shows what has changed and how to update to the latest.
Always fun looking through Maker Faire pics!
Dave Glover looks at how to use the LMIC 1.6 LoRaWAN stack on a Pi.
A really interesting idea for a project!
“This Arduino-based tuner uses Simulink to get audio input from an electric guitar and then tune each string based on this input.”
“A fully functional, although very simple, computer on a breadboard.”
A small spider robot that uses 4 linear micro servos, an Arduino Nano, Bluetooth transeiver and two lipo batteries.