This week, ARCore emerged — Android’s version of ARKit! We had a peek at an early Magic Leap headset design patent and a whole lot of Windows Mixed Reality headset announcements!
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Want to get your hands on that wireless transmitter? Here’s your chance!
The Catan board game is coming to Oculus Rift and Gear VR!
A lot of VR arcades are operated illegally. Here’s how to do it right.
“Microsoft insists on calling its new headsets “Mixed Reality” ones, when they’re really just virtual reality.”
It will support both VR and AR features.
A look at one of Microsoft’s VR headsets that is on the way!
It’s officially called the “Lenovo Explorer” and has controllers available.
Google have released their competitor to Apple’s ARKit that requires no additional hardware. It currently is available on the Pixel and Samsung’s S8, running 7.0 Nougat and above. I think the light estimation is really really cool. The Verge have a long piece about ARKit too.
The best piece of reading I’ve found that really goes deep into how both Apple and Google’s AR offerings work. A must read if you are into AR.
It’ll be an interesting 12 months for AR!
AR on smartphones is about to go wild and there are so many UX decisions that we have yet to explore solutions for.
While Magic Leap claim these aren’t the final ones, it’s an insight into what Magic Leap glasses may end up looking like.
The “Who Is It?” app aims to do what so many want from AR tech.
Sony’s new smartphones can create detailed 3D scans of almost any object.
While basic wearables showed a drop in growth, smartwatches have done well. Things are looking good for Apple in particular.
The upcoming fitness-focused watches all run proprietary platforms with their own app selection. The heat is on!
Android Wear 2.0’s apps can be standalone and work without a smartphone nearby. Google wants more devs to use that feature!
They’re not keen on integrating it with Apple Health it seems.
These wireless earbuds will soon be Alexa powered!
Wear this ring, touch your ear and get “clear and crisp audio”.
Russia are definitely working hard on perfecting AI! Elon Musk responded with concerns that countries vying for AI dominance could lead to WW3.
Microsoft and Amazon have partnered up so that you can ask to talk to Alexa when speaking to Cortana and vice versa. While it’s exciting to see the two platforms working together… I think the TechCrunch headline might be right.
Interesting stats here about the current state of voice assistants.
Natural language and artificial intelligence needs to be central in Apple’s ecosystem in the coming years if it is going to compete.
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Huawei wants to use instant image recognition and other AI features in its flagship phone coming next month.
“Not only did the Yelp restaurant reviews written by their neural network manage to pass for the real thing, but people even found the posts to be useful.”
Aircraft in the near future won’t need pilots, they’ll just fly themselves!
It also “travels with you from car to car”.
Improvements on LiDAR look pretty impressive here!
If you sign up for the early adopter program in the US, you have a chance of them sending one to your home for a week for free.
This kit lets you add voice interaction to your Raspberry Pi projects using Google’s Voice Assistant.
“Hurricane Harvey is demonstrating how robust open data systems can help any city cope with and recover from disaster.”
Nest “cuts $80 off the price of a smart thermostat, saves most of the features”.
What a fascinating project!
Always a challenge!
A clock that draws the time with a laser!
An entire Pi retro gaming system inside of a SNES game cartridge.