This week, Google patented a pair of VR shoes, they also found a workaround to enable their assistant through Siri and Jimmy Fallon had a duet with Sophia (and we met Little Sophia, coming soon to a home near you!).
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For those who need the classic VR shooter but only ever could afford a PSVR — Space Pirate Trainer is coming!
UNAIDS partnered with Google and Makhulu Media for a series of VR films about HIV testing.
A new Vive trademark filing might be for a new VR device of some sort (we have no idea yet).
Apparently, virtual darts is harder than real darts.
OtoTech combats motion-induced nausea without the side effects of drugs.
The funding campaign is due to launch next week.
Mozilla recently released an update to their WebXR Viewer that fixes some small bugs and updates the app to iOS 12 and ARKit 2.0
PoseVR “lets you animate characters in a VR environment similar to how a stop-motion animator would manipulate a physical puppet, frame-by-frame”.
Google patented motorised VR shoes that supposedly feel like real walking.
“By utilizing two cameras, the Snapchat app will be able to overlay AR lenses and create 3D-like photo effects from footage taken by the Spectacles”.
Dean Takahashi at VentureBeat talks about his experience with “Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders”, one of the games on the Magic Leap One.
New York Times readers can now view the original Statue of Liberty torch in AR!
“The Royal Navy is using AR for a futuristic UI that will promote more efficient ship wide communications”.
“Just above the 6 o’clock spot is a small 0.42-inch OLED display that shows your heart rate, messages, battery life, step count, calories burned, distance travelled, sleep tracking and more.”
“Much like a human’s smartwatch, the new ear tag technology can keep tabs on location and ‘unusual movements’, alerting cattle owners to an escaped, stolen, sick, or delivering animal.”
Dialog Semiconductor’s newest power management IC aims to help solve wearables’ battery life issue.
Amazon has released the same machine learning courses that it uses to train its own engineers — totally free!
A post that explains the four most common concepts in machine learning.
Google’s automated restaurant booking AI is out on some Pixel phones — this article discusses the Google Duplex voice and its similarity to a human (the video of it being tried out is quite cool!).
Amazon “has been working on a better cadence and tone for the native Alexa voice to make it sound natural when delivering news”.
This article raises a good question — are pre-programmed responses to emails teaching us to reply in ways that aren’t as human-like?
“Computer scientists have devised a novel computational method, driven by machine learning techniques, to successfully and realistically simulate the multi-step process of putting on clothes”.
Having the inability to see inside AI’s decision making process within healthcare isn’t ideal — DeepMind may have found a solution.
It uses a “kNN algorithm”, which is a “very simple classification algorithm that uses similarities between given sets of data and a data point being examined to predict where the said data point belongs”.
A start-up that requires prospective babysitters to hand over their social media accounts said it uses AI to assess them first.
For all of you who’ve felt like two arms just wasn’t enough for your food consumption activities.
Axon is promising its AI will be able to describe events recorded in body-cam video, but IEEE Spectrum are skeptical.
A brief introduction into human interpretable machine learning and model interpretation for those keen to try to learn!
Jimmy Fallon had a duet with Sophia the robot and introduced “Little Sophia” which we’ll be able to buy in 2019.
I loved the feature image on this New Yorker piece. It’s a nice article!
The Cognitive Architecture for Space Exploration is best explained as similar to HAL 9000, but hopefully without the killing.
Apple’s latest AI acquisition was able to modify its behaviour as it learns about its users and was designed to work locally (not in the cloud).
Stanford University researchers have created an electronic glove that gives robots a sense of touch and improves their grasping abilities.
Wired look at “some of the pioneers showing what happens when the masses can teach computers new tricks”.
They simulated a set of models of simple organisms capable of accomplishing “the most common phases of life in a controlled virtual environment”.
“Singapore’s security robot is a four-wheeled device that moves independently along a pre-defined route”.
“Trained by IBM Watson on 15 years’ worth of award-winning luxury advertisements and human emotional responses, the bespoke AI managed to keep its message original and on-brand.”
There are over 1 million things, according to Google, so they set up a website to help you filter through them.
A common complaint about Google Assistant devices is that the speakers aren’t as good as Amazon — maybe this one is better?
This DIY approach to adding an extra axis to a CNC machine turned it into a CNC lathe.
For wine afficionados, here’s a way to monitor and manage that chemical process to mature some quality wine.
You can record a phrase like “OK Google” and whenever you say “Hey Siri”, and then that phrase, the Google Assistant app will open and start listening.
A look at making PCBs for outer space from Hackaday!
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