This week, we had a soft spider-like robot that might help with microsurgery, an amazing backpack with robotic arms and an AR-version of Snake from the Nokia brand. Oh, and a robot powered by popcorn. That too.
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Facebook Reality Labs have put together a fully-automated pipeline to reconstruct mirrors and other reflective flat surfaces in 3D scenes — very handy for improving the realism in virtual worlds.
This VR recreation takes you to Hiroshima before, during and after the US dropped the atomic bomb on their city.
MechZ from SiliconDroid is on the lookout for Beta testers for their online multiplayer — get in touch with them if you have an Oculus Go.
“Using an assortment of custom, interactive electronic instruments and controls, users are able to compose, remix, edit and perform a variety of tracks from big-name electronic artists”.
We may get to see immersive 8K video from the deep sea thanks to a new ultra-low-light camera.
A nice behind the scenes look at how QuiVr came to be!
The Venture Reality Fund’s Tipatat Chennavasin says VR is “only just getting started”.
I’m so incredibly jealous.
The Oculus Connect 5 logo was designed in VR, here’s a video of the process!
YouTube’s 3-month workshop is headed to Europe for the first time — worth looking into if you’re into VR and are nearby!
Barry Sandrew is a neuroscientist who invented a process for colorising B&W films and bringing 3D to 2D movies.
They’ve got a whole lot of patents around vehicles actually!
They are using 100 HoloLens devices in their Global Training program where employees can examine 3D models of vehicles and view internal parts.
“If you find yourself on the run from the Empire, you no longer need a droid to send a holographic distress message, you just need an iPhone X and the HoloBack app”. About time, right?
Lockheed Martin is using AR to build NASA’s Orion spacecraft on their mission to Mars!
Version 1.4 brings passthrough camera auto-focus support, faster plane detection and more image resolutions for computer vision to the platform.
USA Today had great news about how well its AR app went (pretty darn well!). Great news for AR.
You can now play Snake in AR on the Facebook Camera!
It’ll have a horizontal FoV value of 40 degrees, vertical value of 30 degrees, and a diagonal value of 50 degrees, resulting in a 4:3 ratio.
The first voice-activated examples include: saying “okay” to add corresponding stickers, saying “love” to activate a flourish of hearts, saying “wow” to prompt a camera zoom and more!
Miracast enables HoloLens users to mirror their view to a nearby Surface device or TVs and monitors equipped with a Microsoft display adapter.
“In one animated image, a user conjures a cloud with a spawn gesture and, with a release gesture, causes the cloud to float upwards. In another animated image, with a blink of the eyes, the same cloud changes color.”
“The storage capacity for the Magic Leap One will be 128GB, with approximately 95GB available to applications. In terms of memory, the device will offer 8GB on the system, with 4GB available to apps.” We also had the Magic Leap reservation page images hinting at an impending release but the “summer” they mention could be around late September.
Mollie always wore her Fitbit, so investigators are hoping it’ll help them track her down.
The Pentagon has realised that data from fitness trackers and location-based apps might give away where soldiers are and are trying to crack down on it.
It turns out Fitbit is doing pretty well at the moment, after all that doom and gloom talk months ago from the media.
Seven National Guard soldiers were injured in an attempted assassination by drone. Just wow.
I want a backpack with robotic limbs!
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to give it a go, now’s the time!
Some are trying to use AI to automatically detect guns in schools, but it’s still difficult to judge the accuracy or integrity of their systems.
iOS developers talk to VentureBeat about Apple’s Core ML platform and the improvements they’d like to see in future versions.
Scientists have created a very small and soft robotic spider for microsurgery and other procedures.
Mei, a messaging app for Android, leverages machine learning to analyze your chat partners’ personalities.
It turns out bots are being used heavily to influence public opinion — more than 70% of a random sample of tweets on e-cigarettes appeared to have been produced by bots.
After WALL-E, I think we already knew that but it is now scientifically confirmed.
Tesla has developed its own self-driving computer chip.
I can see this growing as an option for deliveries (I hope it’s quieter than drones).
Airbnb has been used to find a range of environments for testing Carnegie Mellon University’s robots.
This is definitely true for me at least.
This is truly the future. Researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with popcorn.
If you ask Alexa a question and it doesn’t have the info, “Answer Update” will let Alexa notify you when it learns the answer.
Arm has announced a new ‘device-to-data’ IoT platform to “combine Mbed’s IoT device management with a new generation of Arm data management and connectivity tools.”
I look forward to seeing how many people start bringing IoT fun into karaoke machines in the near future!
A two day event in Melbourne showcasing world-class VR/AR experiences. First day is a business summit covering industries like film and television, advertising and branding, gaming, technology, AI and investment. Second day is an expo that’s open to the public!
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3 co-located events. So much great stuff happening. Get ready for the AI Expo coming to North America in November! The discount code DEVDINER20 will get you 20% off!
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