This week, we’ve got red Amazon Echos in support for charity which Canadians may be especially excited by because… the Echo is now available in Canada! We’ve also got a somersaulting Boston Dynamics robot, a remote controlled robot from Toyota and even minibots that can glide along water.
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Aiming to simulate the feeling of larger objects using VR controllers!
Mozilla explains the concept of the Social 3D Web and how they’re working to bring it to fruition.
There are a bunch of WebVR experiences featured by the Oculus team, along with a hint of plans for WebVR to come to the Facebook news feed!
The future is now.
SynergyWiz are making it possible to 3D print your own headstrap!
Google’s latest Spotlight Story is available on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Console VR is glad to have Resident Evil around!
Pixar’s new film has a VR companion piece that Oculus and Pixar are promoting as a social space where up to four players can hang out together.
The Zoom video conference platform has partnered with Meta for real-time interaction of 3D models.
A look at Lenovo’s partnership with Disney to make an AR Star Wars app.
A simple overview of how AR might change things in day to day life.
“Being able to detect sleep apnea and hypertension in the comfort of our homes with just a simple device could be a game-changer in medicine.”
Kids in Germany will have to stick with regular watches for now.
So much more to do around wearables but the industry is working on it!
Wondering which to get? What the difference is? Here’s a guide!
Boston Dynamics have reached new heights with their latest robotics work! You’ve gotta watch this video of Atlas if you haven’t yet.
This bot can be remote controlled and transmits video with force-feedback and motion controls!
Your virtual assistant apps will have new subcategories in their store, there’s a new discovery mechanism, speaker to phone transfer and a whole bunch more!
AISense works through long conversations using machine learning and provides users with a full text record of what was said.
It does everything Alexa can but is a bit too small for The Verge’s taste.
Bots are getting way smaller than the bot above! A team of engineers from the East China Normal University have developed a chemical motor for lightweight robots that can glide along the surface of a body of water.
“Tensorflow is open-source, but scaling it is not” — if you’re looking for some way to host your own machine learning, this might be a good option!
This AI approach could be better than Convolutional Neural Networks.
A Bluetooth flaw unexpectedly ended up also being found on our favourite assistants — they’ve been patched for it now.
They’ll give $10 to charity for each red Echo sold!
If you’re a Canadian who loves the colour red… now’s the time to get into the Echo ecosystem! Alexa even has a new Canadian English accent.
The Echo Show is now available in the UK (no YouTube on it still though!).
Attackers could disable the camera and get into mischief. Amazon will be putting out an update to try to fix it asap!
Apple says it needs “more time before it’s ready for customers”.
Now that GE has released a hub, their lights can connect to assistants!
These calls are similar to the German privacy concerns for smartwatches.
Hackaday revisited a blog post looking into making motion sensing lights.
Applets can trigger your Roomba to start when you leave the house, fire off a tweet when your cleaning is complete and plenty more.
Quarterly has new experts putting together a Maker Box every 3 months, this month’s Maker Box is by Adam Savage and Tested.com.
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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Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!