This week, we had what must be a record amount of emerging tech news! Google announced two new Home devices, smart earbuds that can translate languages in real time and a camera that uses AI to spot when there’s something interesting happening! Microsoft was revealed to be the saviour of AltspaceVR, we bid farewell to Nokia’s Ozo VR camera and so much more!
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It’s in “preview” mode at the moment but devs have access!
AltspaceVR is saved! Really hoping Microsoft helps take it to new heights!
They’ve scouped up that killer app then huh?
Here’s Google’s announced update to the Daydream View VR headset.
Wondering where all those Daydream-ready phones are?
Holodeck, their VR platform, “enables collaborative creation in a physically-simulated environment”.
An eye opening study on womens’ response after trying social VR.
They’re focusing on other things due to “slower than expected” VR market.
An interview with Microsoft’s Albert Penello reveals why Xbox aren’t going VR.
Game devs “need to stop using VR as the cherry on top, and start using it to bake the whole cake”.
This VR game approaches PTSD, will be interesting to see what it’s like.
An application for the “Sonic Surf VR” was filed but we don’t know what it is.
Can’t wait for sharper VR!
We do have new pics of the new PSVR!
But they believe Google will win in the end.
Apple’s platform will be a big winner for app developers, but over time, Google’s should bring in more money for advertisers and media companies.
Fast Company talked to Microsoft’s Alex Kipman and other industry leaders all about where things are now and where they’re headed.
Upskill wants to be the development platform for your smart glasses, regardless of the brand.
Snapchat put together an AR art exhibition around the world, TechCrunch didn’t like it all too much.
Another Intel division closing down… this time it’s Recon AR glasses.
A nice post on developing AR and AI for people hesitant to give it a go!
Making AR portals using the Mapbox Unity SDK.
They’re doing pretty well in this space!
We don’t know when it’ll launch but there’ll be comics involved!
These look pretty darn impressive!
I really am hoping they make one. Android Wear needs it!
DeepMind are being incredibly sensible and forward-thinking, creating a research unit to examine the ethical and social impact of their work.
An open-source alternative to other chatbot platforms that shows promise!
Here’s a really nice way to learn (and teach others) about machine learning!
What a product designer at Facebook learnt about designing AI interfaces.
We can eat our robots if they get out of hand!
This is pretty cool stuff!
Yep. That’s not it.
So Siri might get better… at some point.
This is pretty cool.
They are working on “an interactive radio play” for the Echo & Google Home.
“The first step in building trust starts with the ways people experience the technology”.
Intrapreneurship is like entrepreneurship but occurs inside an existing company. AI is turning up the heat!
On that note of intrapreneurship…
Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, which builds drones and autonomous aircraft.
A look at a massive company in China using AI at scale for a tough task!
It is “designed specifically to bring Level 5 (completely self-driving) autonomous vehicles to market”.
It’s an annoying slide-based article but there are interesting links within.
“Google Clips uses machine learning technology to automatically sense when there is something interesting happening in a scene, and will start recording to make sure your best moments are saved.”
The privacy and security questions begin.
Wynd was a highly successful, connected air purifier and air quality tracker that has worked wonders in my travels! I interviewed the founder and put together 11 lessons from his experiences.
The new and much smaller Google Home Mini is available for pre-order!
They’ve also got a bigger Home device that “will automatically adjust the audio based on where the speaker is placed in a room”.
“We are so used to IoT platforms being physical objects that we forget about the potential for biologics.”
The voice-enabled Alexa-powered connected home is expanding!
Their new Sonos One might actually support both Alexa and Google Assistant! People with Sonos already can access a public beta for Alexa today.
This is soooo cool!!!
“A low cost solution to making your speakers wireless!”
It’s more likely that they’re wanting to move the focus to their new lineup.
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Summit will have two tracks — one product/design and one dev focused. Use the code devdiner and you’ll get a free upgrade to the next pass level!
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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BuzzConf is a family-friendly tech festival in country Victoria, Australia. Learn and play with tech by day, enjoy live music by night! I’m running a workshop on making voice assistants! The code special_devdiner will give you 20% off my workshop and the ticket price!
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