This week, Microsoft revealed their cheaper mixed reality headsets will support SteamVR by Christmas, however there’s an unconfirmed rumour that HoloLens might be out of production. Fitbit’s new smartwatch has been revealed and Whole Foods are already selling Amazon Echos!
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These new headsets may bring SteamVR without needing a $2,000 PC, some packages by Christmas will be around US$1000 for PC & VR headset.
Wareable looks at Dell’s Mixed Reality headset that’s coming mid-October.
One TechCrunch author things VR has hit the end of its cycle once again.
An interesting look into where VR’s tech might head.
Navigate around your virtual worlds with the 3dRudder foot controller.
A bundle with Move controllers will cost an extra $50.
There is a particle physics simulator available on Steam for $5.
Jaunt will be bringing voice navigation into VR.
As I’d wondered about in an earlier newsletter… it appears the HoloLens might be out of production. They appear to be focusing on their Windows Mixed Reality headsets instead. If true, that’s no good for people looking to get a HoloLens in the coming year or two…
An interesting look at how these areas of tech will work together.
They show it working with a HTC Vive, so they may be working on cross-platform controllers for both VR and AR.
It will have an optical heart-rate monitor, GPS, NFC chip and an SpO2 sensor.
AsteroidOS, a smartwatch OS, will soon have a native smartwatch.
Gartner is expecting growth of 16.7% across the wearables market this year.
While many think of Fitbits and smartwatches, people often forget that bluetooth connected headphones are growing like wildfire. Looking forward to the day when they’re all hearables!
Marriott Hotels might pilot a few wearables in its hotels.
Using either a 3D printed box or pair of glasses looking at someone’s eyes, University of Washington researchers correctly identified cases of concern 89.7% of the time. This is really fascinating stuff!
You can train your AI with drawings from Google’s recent experiments.
The effects of closed algorithms emerging in real life situations now. This story is a fascinating, must-read article that could be a sign of our future.
“Malicious machine learning can hide nasty surprises”.
Microsoft is bringing its deep-learning platform to customizable chips — “a step toward making Azure an AI cloud.”
A look at how AI may help amplify humankind’s intelligence.
A nice and simple explanation of how DeepMind have taught AI.
DJI is upping its security by removing add-ons that took unnecessary info.
I really want a robot that helps me out all the time.
Will robots really conduct funerals?
Forget about AI taking jobs, this AI wants to help you get a job!
Oh how I wish I could be there seeing this!
Amazon is already selling Echo speakers at Whole Foods. That was fast!
Yet another Amazon Echo smart speaker looks like it’ll be on the way.
Samsung have confirmed their smart speaker is coming.
Facebook’s attempt is hitting a tough challenge… people don’t trust them.
It looks fancy… but wow… $700.
It’ll measure the same stuff but with improved accuracy.
A glove that can keep track of the high fives you get!
Here’s how to make a surveillance system using a Raspberry Pi.