This week, we suddenly had double the number of Amazon Echo devices to keep up with, along with the news of an improved PlayStation VR headset coming soon and so soooo much discussion on the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch!
My online course is getting closer to completion! I’m making a fun, relaxed, light-hearted online course on how to make a virtual assistant using Api.ai! Registrations for early interest are open now! Register and I’ll give you a discount code when it’s out as my way of saying thanks!
It’ll cost the same as the first one, so maybe wait before buying one!
They still look ridiculous, but will have micro USB rather than mini USB and better battery life.
Rather than Project Alloy, Intel think wireless PC-based VR is the way to go.
Samsung’s new Windows Mixed Reality headset might be out 6th November!
Space Pirate Trainer is finally about to exit Early Access and release its 1.0 version on October 12, 2017! “The biggest change is the inclusion of new waves, new enemies, and an all-new boss fight.”
Not too happy with that VR app you bought? Refunds are available now!
A piece on why VR isn’t dead and is doing alright!
Researchers used VR as a cheap solution for “teleoperating” robots.
“Vuforia 7 can take any given real-world scene and figure out where the ground or flat surfaces like tables are. It can also identify objects with much better accuracy than it did in the past.”
This looks genuinely like a really helpful iOS 11 AR app!
Feed them, chase them… live the life you know you want to lead.
Their site has had an update and there are a bunch of clues that may lead somewhere or lead absolutely nowhere at all…
Promotional posters and a poster that comes with the CD will trigger different mobile AR experiences!
A pretty poorly designed website flaw revealed Snapchat’s partnership a day early. Really poorly designed. Maybe it wasn’t that secret?
An AR app providing “custom-fit glasses from a 3D scan of your face”!
A look at some reports and forecasts!
“With enough refinement, the scientists expect to make tattoos that only last for as long as you need them.”
A relatively positive review after two weeks of use.
It can only show calories, not kilojoules (I could live with that to be honest).
An interview with Fitbit’s head of research on what’s next!
If you are outside the US and are keen to use it for music, keep this in mind!
Especially useful if you aren’t in the US (see the link above!).
The Gear Fit 2 Pro is advertised as iPhone compatible but its app hasn’t been approved by Apple yet.
A look at wearables that may exist in parallel worlds but didn’t work out here.
It is “doubling down on navigation technology” after poor sales of their wearables and action cams.
This is pretty darn cool… you kinda just need to see it.
What do you need to get into machine learning? What is machine learning? How does Natural Language Processing (NLP) work? Dr. Sid J Reddy answers those questions and more!
Levandowski is the engineer at the center of the Uber and Waymo lawsuit but he’s also apparently starting his own religion around AI…
Well, in the next few days from this newsletter going out. This is something I thought they’d be doing pretty soon, so I’m glad it’s on the way!
“How do we approach this with a set of design principles that allow us to control what AI creates?”
The chip will be shared with universities to advance AI development.
“Microsoft wants everyone to Excel at machine learning”.
There are still going to be some areas where this is true!
A nice look at structuring conversational interfaces!
I really liked this piece on AI!
A fascinating read about AI, past, present and future.
A lot of companies aren’t actually using AI quite as much as they claim.
Google will be taking over as the default search engine for Siri.
It’s like an Amazon Echo that learns over time!
Amazon had a big event and released a bunch of new Echo devices! There are now twice as many Echo types! This will get you up to speed.
We’ll be able to group a range of tasks into single phrases!
They’ve updated the Smart Home Skill API and also have Echo Buttons on the way to add a whole new way to interact and play games with the Echo.
I think there might be *just* enough now.
Bit disappointed by this, hoping that Amazon and Google work it out soon!
Funnily enough, it’ll almost certainly have YouTube.
It definitely sounds exciting and quite different to the shift to 4G.
A look at the current state of the Industrial IoT.
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For the final Melbourne Creative AI meetup of the year they are running a small competition! The basic idea is, build a program that generates some dance moves from data! Sounds like a lot of fun!
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