This week, Prezi showed off AR-powered presentations, Mozilla proposed a “WebXR” API to bring both VR and AR to the web, we look at the giant robot battle between the US and Japan, one lovely Dad built his son a mobile lemonade stand and more!
Prefer learning to make voice assistants in person? I’ll be running a workshop at BuzzConf on the 1st December in Victoria! Grab a ticket for a fun weekend of tech tinkering & start it by building your own voice assistant! The code special_devdiner will give you 20% off my workshop and the ticket price!
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 Dialogflow (previously known as API.AI)! Pre-register and I’ll give you a discount code when it’s out as my way of saying thanks!
It’s an unofficial technique in Unity but works on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL.
Mozilla are proposing a “WebXR API” to handle both VR and AR.
It’s not clear if it’ll be available outside of Japan.
It looks like Windows Mixed Reality headsets aren’t all being released globally, with the quite impressive Samsung one not coming to Europe.
This could be a sign that the HTC Vive successor may be called “Eclipse”.
This community and content platform for VR content creators has made a deal with Getty Images to help monetise their VR content.
Some nice points here.
VR eye-tracking technology is being used to check basketball players for concussion. If this works, it’d be handy for doctors around the world too.
The new model will be replacing this old one.
“The bar for user experience has never been higher.”
It’s available for US$99 (or AUD$149) and is shipping October 27.
The original HoloLens was limited to a 35 degree field of view, their new technique can span up to 70 degrees.
Fantastic points made here on what our AR future is going to be like.
Explaining topics with the help of AR.
More news of sexual harassment of women, this time hitting the VR/AR industry once again with Robert Scoble leaving the company he co-founded. We need to build an industry that treats women with respect. Please speak out if you see harassment, don’t just accept it as part of our tech culture.
Mouser has put together a free e-book on real world solutions for AR.
An imaginative account of what AR will be in 2027.
The hype apparently died down way faster than they expected.
Feel what’s on the screen on your wrist!
This is super fascinating!
There was a giant robot fight (with people controlling the bots… not automated bots!) and they’d like a league. Here’s hoping!
Google Photos now lets you name your cats/dogs and automatically sorts your photos of them in your photo catalog.
Some actionable suggestions in this article!
“Hey Siri” uses a Deep Neural Network (DNN) to understand your voice.
AlphaGo Zero “had a blank game board and the rules. And it was left to it”. “Despite so many options, within 72 hours AlphaGo Zero could beat AlphaGo by 100 to nothing.”
A look at Hiroshi Ishiguro’s robots — uncannily convincing human replicas.
Researchers say government algorithms “can be opaque and discriminatory”.
How much is enough data for deep learning? 100,000 examples at least.
An interesting use of AI on mobile!
“Project Wing” is testing drones by dropping off burritos & medicine.
Alexa might be able to hang with you on your next road trip!
“We must continue to teach kids to appreciate beauty, and show them the value of empathy. These are things machines will only ever be able to simulate, never experience.”
Make and Field Ready have partnered up to try to turn great ideas into action.
There’s a new strain of IoT attack malware called “Reaper” or “IoTroop” that could be recruiting IoT devices in more dangerous numbers than Mirai.
“The kit includes a high-performance algorithm for acoustic echo cancellation, noise reduction, beamforming and custom wake word engine tuned to hear “Alexa”. A dual Digital Signal Processor (DSP) with an inference engine, and an Intel 8-mic circular array.”
IO+ gives you unlimited feeds, unlimited dashboards, and two months of data storage.
ARM wants to help protect our future IoT devices out there.
This is so very cool.
Samsung will be opening up the new Bixby SDK to developers soon.
Mouser has put together a free e-book on smarter cities.
Web Directions have a VR & AR event with workshops coming up, followed by their big event called Summit with two tracks — one product/design and one dev focused! Use the code devdiner and you’ll a discounted ticket to Reality for $499, Summit Classic for $999 or Reality plus Summit Silver (includes videos) for $1599! Yay!
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!
3 co-located events. 15 conference tracks. 9,000 attendees. 300+ speakers. 300+ exhibitors. It’s all happening at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley! It even has a free track on AI for developers! Want to attend the whole event? Use the discount code DEVDINER20!
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!
Can’t make it to the AI Expo in Santa Clara? The event is also headed over to London in 2018! Use the discount code DEVDINER20 to get a good deal on your tickets! They have a a free track on AI for developers too!
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!