This week, Leap Motion released their latest Orion SDK with a cat-themed demo, we had a sneak peek at a VR-based Rube Goldberg machine creator, we’ve got robot traffic cones, a bunch more info on the Magic Leap AR headset and more.
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Asier Arranz, a creative developer, put together this really smart prototype with the Mirage Solo VR headset.
Leap Motion had a major release of their Orion VR tracking software, now available for public beta on Windows. It has better finger dexterity and fidelity, significantly smoother hand and finger tracking, and more! They’ve also provided some new demos, including “Cat Explorer”.
Users can now publish 360-degree content to Google Maps Street View directly within the Istaging’s VR Maker app.
Bethesda is going to make their next game cross-platform — hoping to have smartphone users and VR users being able to play together.
Unreal Engine now has some exciting mixed reality capture support!
It’s an interesting concept to bring to VR… for those who want to be totally immersed in their Tetris game.
This is just fantastic! I’ve gotta try this at some point.
Oculus Studios is launching a VR tour of the Anne Frank House, the home in Amsterdam where the famous author hid from the Nazi’s during World War II.
Leap Motion have their own AR headset design that is open source — you could make your very own today if you’re handy with hardware and tracking down parts!
They live-streamed a preview of Magic Leap’s headset on Twitch, but were very limited in what they were willing to actually show… which made the chat rather angry! Yet Wearable think they’ve been doing a great job and that it’s an example of community management 101.
Here’s CNET’s summary of the livestream.
Here’s Karl Guttag’s more technical, indepth look at the Magic Leap livestream as he tries to work out as much from the stream as possible.
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Project Aero is a multi-platform AR authoring tool whose content can be published on the web or on VR and mobile devices.
Snapchat has added audio reactivity to their latest AR lens!
Keen to get into projection-style AR instead? Check out Lightform.
Fitness trackers are looking for ways to keep growing and expanding, so entering into more physical and mental healthcare areas is key.
Huge congrats to this team — they’ve got themselves a $1 million prize!
The spotted watches were apparently one offs for employees, but it might still be a thing.
“Voice in a Can” is an app that lets you talk to Alexa by tapping into their app.
“Ace is aimed at getting kids off the couch and doing activities, tracking fitness and sleep activity and deploying move reminders every so often”.
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TechCrunch looks at how AI and data innovation counterintuitively also stand to benefit from GDPR, while simultaneously being potentially harmed from it.
Elon Musk tweeted this announcement and while it’s not entirely clear what it means yet, it could be a pretty big step for Tesla.
ROS is a framework with libraries and tools for developing robots.
I don’t know why but this idea seems like an ingenius one to me! They go about 4mph (about 6.5kph).
“For many architects, the hardest part of their job starts after they finish designing a building, when the onerous process of code compliance begins” — AI might be able to help!
The Inquirer isn’t too full of praise for Google’s ethics on AI collaboration.
The “world’s first psychopath AI” is what happens.
iOS 12 has a whole bunch of Siri-based, AI enhancements.
“A growing field has emerged to help ensure the computer algorithms are fair and free of bias.”
It turns out there’s no evidence (yet) that robots filling in for humans in this regard offers any health benefits, despite a growing industry for it.
Drivers could refuse to pick up people who are a tad too intoxicated.
Alexa and the IoT get a mention in this joke video from the Bethesda team.
This was a super creepy story… their baby monitor was watching them, “it was pointing to the spot where she breastfed her son, Noah, several times a day”.
“It’s been more than a year since researchers discovered security problems in CloudPets’ internet-connected toys. Mozilla and Cure53 recently found that none of those issues have been fixed.” — Yikes.
This is incredibly sad news to hear.
“One Samsung smart TV connected to more than 700 distinct internet addresses in 15 minutes.”
“Ericsson has almost doubled its forecast for connected cellular Internet of Things (IoT) in 2023 to 3.5 billion”.
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