It was a HUGE week, Google managed to make an incredibly convincing virtual assistant to book appointments over the phone, Google revealed a really handy real-world use of AR in Google Maps, robots are running, helping keep pets company, helping people put on hospital gowns and more!
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Unity’s Carte Blanche is different to their VR editor — this tool aims to get all sorts of people creating VR!
Google even has a web tool to help all sorts of people make VR experiences right now.
There are a lot of ways to make VR experiences! VRFocus spoke to Mark Jennings from Notch about how their tool is “simplifying the workflow for VR creation”.
VR has given researchers a way to use new methods of investigating how we make sense of the world with sound.
PETA, or the “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” have brought their message to VR.
“Google managed to elicit an audible gasp from the crowd at I/O today when it showed off a new augmented feature for Maps” — I think this is a huge moment for AR!
This is also sounding like it has huge potential!
It’s not in the immediate future but the plan is to build a larger platform that can be utilised by third parties.
Yay for an immersive AR web!
Looking forward to what this great team manages with AR!
I sure hope so!
This new solution will be “entirely standalone, wireless, and support both VR and AR experiences”.
Always neat to see the work of student developers!
Updates to Wear OS sound promising and there is a rumoured LG smartwatch with a “slick circular UI” that sounds pretty exciting.
This sounds even more exciting! They may release up to three of them, actually.
Whoop’s sports-tracking wearables are available for a $30 monthly fee.
It really does look like a Pebble watch! Here’s Ausdroid’s review.
This blew people’s minds this week — you’ve just gotta listen to the audio if you haven’t already. Even if you click nothing else this week, this is the one to look at. Then watch this Funny or Die parody.
Google introduced ML Kit, an SDK for app developers with a number of pre-built Google-provided machine learning models.
Dopamine might be why we can learn faster than AI, so DeepMind wanted to AI to explore that.
They’re also working to give their AI spacial awareness that mimics ours.
And helping finish our sentences!
And improving their Clip smart camera’s ability to automatically capture specific moments — like hugs, kisses, jumps and dance moves.
Adobe is in the AI game too.
Ben Dickson put together an opinion piece on why we should also look at the positive uses of the tech being used for deepfakes.
This robot is successfully sliding hospital gowns onto people’s arms!
Want one of those Boston Dynamics dog robots? Next year is your year!
Happy with your current dog (or a cat person?), get your pet its own robot friend instead to keep them active and reduce anxiety!
Tesla apparently considered eye-tracking technology and steering wheel sensors.
Synthetic data is computer-generated data that mimics real data — data created by a computer, not a human.
A team of Microsoft interns have put AI into a screenshot snipping tool.
Oh, ummm… also… Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot can run now.
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Makezine has a piece on the talented women who’ll be speaking at Maker Faire!
They’ve fixed it but there’s still a short window of opportunity for people to get your videos after you take away their access which they want to reduce further.
Speaking of IoT security, Google has a solution they’d like to propose.
A new kit of Arduino wonder!
Even more smarts entering the home!
You can use Alexa to unlock Yale’s smart deadbolts — though I worry about that functionality…
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I’d love for someone to make smart headphones that can pick it up!
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