This week, we had a Boston Dynamics robot doing parkour, Pokemon Go gained ARCore support on Android, Magic Leap showcased an augmented reality AI assistant, a new Google Home Hub smart device emerged and more!

Boston Dynamics' parkour robot, Pokemon Go with ARCore and Magic Leap's AR/AI assistant concept

Boston Dynamics’ parkour robot stunts, Pokemon Go gets ARCore and Magic Leap’s AR/AI assistant concept

 

Learn how to build a conversational voice assistant!

I’ve released early access to my course full of step-by-step articles to help you build a virtual assistant/chatbot no matter your skill level! I’m turning it into an e-book — sign up, let me know what you think and you’ll get the e-book version as soon as it comes out!

 

Virtual Reality

Carmack vs ZeniMax lawsuit ends

John Carmack announced on Twitter that his personal legal dispute with ZeniMax is over, but Oculus is continuing to appeal.

The modern alternative learning resource: time to drop the ban on phones in schools?

Partially because of VR/AR — should we let kids have phones in school?

Facebook’s 3D photos arrive on your news feed and in VR

Using the 3D depth maps stored with portrait photos taken recent dual-lens iPhone 7+, 8+, X or XS, you can create 3D photos to view on Facebook’s feed or in VR on the Oculus Go using the Oculus Browser or on the Oculus Rift with Firefox.

A journey in some interesting Italian VR startups at Milan Games Week 2018: AnotheReality, Beyond The Gate and many more!

SkarredGhost interviewed some VR Italian startups, like Beyond The Gate and AnotheReality.

Feature-length VR film ‘7 miracles’ debuts at Raindance Film Festival

7 Miracles, one of the longest feature-length cinematic VR films ever produced, a VIVE Studios production about the miracles performed by Jesus was the winner of the “VR Film of the Festival” grand jury category.

 

Augmented Reality

Everything Magic Leap revealed during its first annual L.E.A.P. conference keynote event

Magic Leap’s first annual L.E.A.P. conference had a whole lot announced, here’s Next Reality’s details on it.

I met Magic Leap’s AI assistant Mica & saw the future of augmented reality

This AR assistant concept is a pretty solid look at how we might interact with technology in the future.

The Sims FreePlay adds multiplayer AR in ‘brilliant backyards’ update

The Sims FreePlay now has an AR cooperative build mode which “allows players to cooperate in building their virtual dream homes anywhere they’d like in the real-world”.

Adobe is building the Photoshop for AR (it’s called Photoshop)

“Project Aero” will connect tools like Adobe’s Photoshop into AR integrations.

Pokemon Go Android finally gets AR+ (and why it’s better than regular AR)

It’ll use ARCore’s depth-sensing to properly put Pokemon into your real world, they’ll know how close you are to them and how fast you’re moving towards them.

Snapchat becomes Snapcat with AR lenses for your feline friends

Finally you can take AR snaps with your cat!

NASA JPL may have given us a preview of next gen HoloLens. Actually not.

This potential sneak peek of the HoloLens 2 actually was an early HoloLens 1 prototype that NASA had — but it was a fun bit of excitement while it lasted!

Jaunt drops VR projects, will focus solely on AR and XR

One early VR content pioneer is switching its focus to AR and XR.

Magic Leap’s chief content officer Rio Caraeff opens up on walled gardens, data privacy & blockchain

Next Reality spoke with the Magic Leap CEO, Rio Caraeff, in an interview on Magic Leap’s approach to date.

Star Wars: Project Porg mixed reality experiment announced

One announcement at the L.E.A.P. developer conference was AR Porgs — sadly only on Magic Leap.

Apple continues assembling AR arsenal with acquisition of Spektral’s background removal tech, report says

“Spektral’s technology applies machine learning and spectral graph theory (the study of connections on a graph) to remove backgrounds from images and videos in real time.” (basically like a real time green screen).

Magic Leap One now available to most us consumers, Affirm partner offers buyer financing

Magic Leap has announced a financing option of US$96/month to gradually pay off the device.

 

Wearables

Some Apple Watch Series 4 models repeatedly crashing and rebooting due to daylight saving time bug

When clocks change for daylight savings, we don’t have the standard 24 hours in a day. That messed with things which Apple has since fixed.

How Jamal Khashoggi’s Apple Watch could solve his disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi went missing in Turkey last week, some are asking whether his Apple Watch could help solve the mystery of where he is.

Montblanc Summit 2 is a Wear OS smartwatch for men and women

“Montblanc Summit 2, the first smartwatch to come packed with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip is now available to buy.”

Wear Space — a wearable device that gives the user a personal psychological space

It’s a wearable cubicle from Panasonic!

 

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

That Atlas robot might be doing parkour now, but it still can’t chase you up the stairs

Boston Dynamics now have their robots doing stuff that I definitely can’t do but should probably practice so I can compete in this new world order.

The Pentagon’s push to program soldiers’ brains

Or we could all control these robots using our thoughts…

The bizarre thing that happens when artificial intelligence tells people their fortunes

Fortune cookie-style fortunes… they fed this AI thousands of inspirational expressions to see what it would come up with. “The first man gets the oyster, the second mouse gets” was just too deep for me.

Researchers call for more humanity in artificial intelligence

Removing bias and aligning AI with humanity makes sense for the future of AI.

Microsoft’s Nadella says AI can make the world more inclusive

Microsoft’s CEO says that AI can help deaf people communicate, but the algorithms need to be fair.

Hybrid robot walks, transforms, and takes flight

“Project Malaikat” is a 3D printed hybrid bipedal walker and quadcopter robot — Hackaday has links to the 3D models available to download.

IBM launches AI OpenScale and Multi-cloud Manager to simplify AI and cloud deployment

These new IBM tools should help streamline the deployment and management of AI and cloud systems.

MIT commits $1 billion to make AI part of every graduate’s education

“MIT annnounced a $1 billion commitment to create a new college and make artificial intelligence and computing a part of education for all its students”.

Vector, Anki’s cute robot companion, is available today

Vector, the new cute little robot companion by Anki, is available to order. It’s a newer robot from the team that made Cozmo.

If SETI uses off-the-shelf hardware & software for AI — can’t you?

The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence is using tech that you could find for your own builds — here’s a look at what they use.

Pixel 3 review: a phone made better with AI

There’s a whole lot of AI in the new Pixel 3 phones.

When a drone crashes into an airplane, everyone has a bad time

Here’s a look at what could happen if a drone hits an airplane — a reality we hope never to see but feels ever so likely with more and more drones about.

Nvidia CEO: AI advancements will result in a four-day working week

I’m not sure if this is really what AI will bring, but it would be nice if so.

Amazon kills off its secret AI recruitment tool that showed bias against women

Amazon’s AI system which filters through CVs to select the best ones to put forward for human interview, was dismissing women.

AI tool automatically reveals how to write apps that drain less battery

Researchers have created a new tool, called ‘DiffProf’ to help guide devs to reduce battery drain in their apps.

 

Internet of Things and Makers

Google Home Hub — Under the hood, it’s nothing like other Google smart displays

Google’s own smart display is set to compete with the Amazon Echo Show — it has one big difference — there’s no camera. It also doesn’t use Android Things but a version of the Chromecast platform.

Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal

TechCrunch compares these three smart displays to show the differences amongst them.

The battle for the home

This Stratechery piece looks at which company “will win the race to be the computer within which users live”.

UK gov launches “world’s first” Code of Practice for IoT security

The UK government has worked with industry partners to develop a new voluntary Code of Practice to improve security and consumer safety.

OnionOS just got better

There is a new firmware release bundled with OnionOS for those with Omega boards — it includes a totally new Wi-Fi driver, a fancy new “onion” util script and OnionOS has a bunch of changes too!

Yale users complain after ‘smart’ alarm app goes down due to ‘network maintenance’

People were unable to turn on/off their smart alarms for their connected homes due to a maintenance issue.

Amazon patents new Alexa feature that knows when you’re ill and offers you medicine

Amazon’s proposed system doesn’t need to ask people whether they’re ill – it would just know automatically by analysing their speech and listening for coughs.

Useful notifications from your home appliances using Node-RED

This developer uses Node-RED to get alerts from his washing machine. Here’s how.

News brief: Microchip releases AVR-IoT wg development board

Microchip announced an IoT development board that aims to streamline IoT device development.

Use a sonic screwdriver for your purchases instead of a boring card

Last but not least, a Hackster feature that Doctor Who fans will appreciate! Allons-y!

 

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