This week, Leap Motion revealed their very own AR platform with hand tracking (so cool!), the Arduino Yún is back with a sequel, Samsung has an interesting wider watchface concept, Apple poached Google’s head of AI and more! It was a huge week!
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Been waiting for VR to get cheaper?
It’s apparently a really good experience on PSVR too — just goes to show you that you don’t need a massive team to bring things into VR.
Jessica Outlaw put together a big survey of VR users which is worth reading!
The Verge look at how Oculus is handling VR users’ personal data.
Prague’s National Gallery introduces a tactile VR experience for the blind — just fantastic to hear!
Wareable did some comparison between the old and new Vive!
Waiting for Apple’s VR headset? It might still be coming.
It highlights parents’ concern around the impact of VR on kids (not research on the actual impact).
The creator of Second Life wants to bring realistic haptic feedback to their social VR platform.
Leap Motion have a reference design for a full augmented reality platform! This is crazy exciting and I already want to develop for one.
It’ll run on an ARM chip instead and have better battery life. Reportedly coming early next year.
They’re likely making glasses that utilize MicroLED and will run a new fork of iOS called rOS.
“The promise of WebXR is having web pages work in 2D, and across the full range of AR and VR devices”. Mozilla’s Mixed Reality team have a detailed piece on progressive WebVR and what it means.
Now that’s a different use case for AR!
More screen real estate as this watch extends horizontally.
“What happens when our digital devices become star witnesses for the prosecution?”
They say the Mercury is the world’s first truly “smart coat” and pre-heats with an Alexa-directed voice command.
Wondering what the difference between the two is?
For me, this initially read as something crazy morbid — does that mean I already know I need to be more active before I’ve even installed the app?
“Comet.ml allows data scientists and developers to easily monitor, compare and optimize their machine learning models”.
“What this means in real terms is that future bots will be less dependent on a wake-word.”
I think this is pretty spot on.
Apple is definitely looking to grow their capabilities here (and as AI is the future’s driver of tech innovation, as per the last link, this is a pretty big win for Apple!). As the Inquirer says in this piece, it’s “time to get Sirious”.
One guy took his Tesla onto the highway where the fatal crash happened to see whether Autopilot would make the same mistake twice — it did (he was paying attention though and took control of the wheel).
Intel and Waymo insist their autonomous systems could have prevented the crash (which I think is 100% true). It’s the danger of rushing to market too soon they’d all warned about…
The company studied human personal assistants make better virtual ones.
It is something that I never really considered — but the voice of our AI is pretty important!
There is potential here for a business-focused voice enabled app to take businesses by storm.
Some see it as “a path to artificial general intelligence”.
They say “Google should not be in the business of war”.
An interesting concept — you can’t talk to Fribo, but it listens to your environment to work out what you’re up to.
Whether the dictator is kind or not, Elon asks whether we’ll want that in a new documentary.
OpenAI has announced a competition to apply machine learning to Sonic!
Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia’s youngest and first female president, wants to move the country to a digital society.
They apparently deny that’s what they’re up to though.
The latest updates to Premiere CC and After Effects CC bring some AI into the fold!
The Arduino Yún is back!
Microsoft’s goal is “to give every customer the ability to transform their businesses, and the world at large, with connected solutions”.
This could be “the first IoT botnet used in a DDoS attack since the initial Mirai attacks”.
Edge computing is where people keep their data in gateways or on on-premises instead of sending it all to the cloud. Stacey Higgenbotham explains more in relation to the IoT!
This is worth thinking about — every technological advancement affects the generation to come, how will voice assistants affect kids?
They’ve revamped how you can make Alexa skills natively on their platform.
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