This week we have a patent that shows PSVR has hand tracking in the works, deep learning has put Harrison Ford back into the latest Star Wars flick, an auction for an AI-created artwork is about to take place and much more!
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CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson says, “we expected VR to be two to three times as big as it was”.
It could just be a matter of waiting just one more year according to a quote from this Forbes article — “SuperData’s latest research and analysis points to the fact that 2019 will be the year of VR”. “Fact” is a very strong claim there though.
“The specifics of the patent describes a system which can identify fingers on a hand by using devices mounted on each wrist, similar to a wristwatch or fitness tracker, which transmits infrared light.”
Vive are onto it too and it’s likely to come earlier than PSVR’s option. The front-facing cameras on the Vive Pro will soon be used for hand and finger tracking.
“Studios can apply for the Vive Wave Full 6DOF Controller Dev Kit, which includes two 6DoF controllers and a tracking attachment that works with any existing Vive Focus devices and a suite of related software tools”.
Contrary to previous research, severe motion sickness and cybersickness may be the same clinical condition.
One prototype uses four OLED microdisplays, each with a resolution of 1920 x 1200!
Daisy signed up for a three hour tattoo session and “thought it would be the perfect moment to experiment with VR and pain management”.
Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced this week that he is leaving Facebook.
“A report to the contrary notwithstanding, a company spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat that a next-generation Oculus Rift headset is still in the works”.
Samsung says it has solved the screen door effect by applying a light diffuser to the black grid typically between pixels. The diffuser uses ambient light from adjacent pixels to make the black lines “near impossible to see”.
VentureBeat’s 2018 VR Awards “highlight some of the best games, social experiences, films, enterprise, and even medical uses for virtual reality”.
When it can’t hit 90FPS in VR, Motion Smoothing kicks in, it runs at 45FPS and generates a synthetic frame in between each frame.
“In another example of VR bleeding into real life, Cornell University food scientists found that cheese eaten in pleasant VR surroundings tasted better than the same cheese eaten in a drab sensory booth”.
“Researchers found that people who underwent a virtual reality experience, called ‘Becoming Homeless’, were more empathetic toward the homeless and more likely to sign a petition in support of affordable housing than other study participants”.
Thalmic — now called “North” — have a pair of AR glasses on the way. While I’ve covered them in a previous week, Engadget had a closer look at them this week (and they officially changed their name this week!).
It acquired Blue Vision Labs and is also revealing an autonomous Ford test car.
TeamViewer introduced TeamViewer Pilot, an AR solution for remote support!
Karl Guttag compares the resolution of three major players in AR.
6D.ai show the hyper-realistic AR experiences devs can build with its SDK — it looks pretty darn cool.
It’s worth a try!
Last time they showed the dangers of Hurricane Florence — this time they’re showing the dangers of wildfires and how they spread. Such a great use of the tech!
MagiMask is an inexpensive AR headset you can pre-order on Kickstarter today.
It allows multiple Magic Leap One users to communicate with each other using AR avatars.
HoloLens users get a quick action menu for starting and stopping video capture and a new notifications interface that lets them view and interact with notifications like on a PC.
All About Circuits had a nice overview of where haptic technology is at these days.
“The Vapor 2 is a $250 Wear OS smartwatch powered by Qualcomm’s prior-generation Snapdragon Wear 2100, arriving to challenge the last-generation Apple Watch”.
MIT Technology Review has a great piece on AI and ethics that is worth a read.
“Baidu researchers have developed an AI system that’s capable of simultanesouly translating between two languages with a high degree of accuracy”.
ZipRecruiter’s new feature uses AI to match job seekers with candidates and to encourage them to supply info that might improve matching accuracy.
The Verge has a look at the first auction of an artwork generated by AI, happening later this week on October 25th.
At Wired’s 25th-birthday celebration, they put together what they think *could* be the world’s first robot petting zoo — here are photos!
Wired ask, “What AI might be missing is a history. Do robots need to know who they are and where they come from?”
Hackaday features this example of building a neural network — it learns if you should put a light or dark font on a particular colored background.
“Google’s Fluid Annotation tool leverages a combination of AI and human workers to speed up image annotation by a factor of three”.
An anonymous employee from Amazon claims Rekognition tech will only “amplify oppression”.
While it’s not perfect — it does works out relatively well and may help ease those who wish Ford was in the latest movie.
Wired shows how new algorithms are staying one or two steps ahead to identify deepfake videos (at least for the time being).
So originally they said it wouldn’t be used for that but… apparently it will be after all.
Questions are being raised about Ring’s ability to help reduce crime (I’d still much rather have one of these on my door than not to be honest).
The Top 3 get a free Omega2 Collector’s Kit with a value of US$249! You’ve just gotta power your Halloween project with an Omega2.
A curious extension of the idea of making motors out of PCBs.
The Pi Hut has a step-by-step guide on how to assemble, install and configure the Raspberry Pi TV HAT to stream, record and serve digital TV and radio using a Raspberry Pi!
“A feature-rich microcontroller especially designed for Halloween and other multimedia projects”.
At Twilio’s Signal developer conference this week, they launched two new products today to make it easier for IoT devs to connect their devices.
Not enough Alexa things out there, right?
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