This week, one man tattooed a controller to his arm to use as a real world controller for his Sonic AR game, NVIDIA did some pretty impressive AI scene generation from real world images, Tilt Brush was used to design an ingenious carry-on bag with an expandable set of shelves, and more!
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A nice look at the state of VR right now by TechCrunch, one which isn’t totally doom and gloom — good to see!
VirZOOM have been busy and now have a neat set up for existing bikes at gyms to gain their VR experiences!
If you haven’t used your headset in a while, it may force you to wait to update… but how do you update it exactly? The Oculus Go is the more challenging of the two.
There are actually a bunch of VR for Good projects out there in 2018, it’s great to see this part of the space growing.
E3 2019 isn’t going to have Sony there — so VR Focus is really hoping the others step up the VR presence.
A look at whether VR can indeed help reduce pain.
Firefox Reality 1.1 includes localisation to 7 new languages with voice search support, a new theatre viewing mode, bookmarks, 360 video and improvements to its performance and UX.
“You could take an off-the-shelf AR display and give it similar vision features to what you’d find in a Hololens. Or build mapping and navigation into a robot without needing to raise millions in capital to pull it off.”
It is apparently possible to replicate physical objects in VR using a simple flash camera with no extra hardware.
This guy used Tilt Brush to design an award-winning prototype carry-on bag that has an expandable set of shelves inside it. It’s amazing and I need one.
Previously only on PC VR headsets, Virtual Desktop now lets you view and access your desktop computer from the comfort of Oculus Go and Gear VR too!
If it does indeed save lives — using VR for training just might be one of VR’s most positive impacts on the world.
Another great example of VR for Good!
Microsoft beat Magic Leap in gaining a massive $479M contract to give HoloLens to soldiers in active combat zones.
LusoVU’s smartglasses apparently have a new method for displaying AR content that can provide a better field of view and more.
Next Reality reviews Magic Leap’s Avatar Chat with accompanying videos if you’re curious what it’s like.
With the new Pocket Gallery feature, you can see classic Vermeer paintings as if you were standing in a museum right in front of them.
“When computers have vision but people don’t, why not have the former help the latter?”
DigiLens had a good funding round and one of the companies who funded it was the company behind Pokémon Go.
Instead of the typical trailer, this is “a scaled-down recreation of a scene from the film, complete with animated 3D characters, and highly-detailed set pieces”.
A man in Mexico City’s first tattoo is a trigger for his prototype Sonic the Hedgehog game in AR. Just wow.
L’Oréal has “a photo-realistic augmented reality simulation of nail polish shades and textures to be accurately displayed on a user’s fingers in real time”.
“Loro’s camera and app work together to let the user see farther, read or translate writing, identify people, gesture with a laser pointer and more.” A really nice use of AR!
A web-based interface for building AR apps with a community feature where others can view them using the WiARframe iOS and Android apps.
Xiaomi is doing quite well thanks to a boom of wearables purchases in developing markets like China.
Hearables are likely to grow in both popularity and capability in the coming years.
If you end up with issues with your Fitbit — Wareable has this handy guide to get you out of trouble.
A pocket watch converted to a digital Enigma machine!
You know who isn’t on the list? Australia. South Korea, however, is pretty far out front!
Their AI looks at existing videos and uses the objects and scenery found within them to build interactive environments.
HomePod uses machine learning tricks to interpret commands, even if it can’t ideally respond.
BrainOS “combines off-the-shelf hardware, sensors, and software to provide brains for industrial and commercial robots”.
StorySign recognises words in children’s books and turns them into sign language.
“At NeurIPS 2018 in Montreal, IBM detailed two novel training methods that promise to boost training speed while reducing power draw”.
AWS had a lot of news around AI — here’s VentureBeat’s summary.
RePaint uses a 3D printer to stack up to ten different inks to reproduce paintings, rather than the conventional four inks of printers.
A new method known as “Go-Explore” teaches the neural network that it’s ok to go back to areas — so if it finds a locked door, and later goes off and finds a key, it learns that it is worth checking again. There seems to be an OpenAI post that is fantastic on the same project (or something similar) that’s also worth reading.
“Google is removing gender-related pronouns from its prediction engine for Gmail amid fears they could introduce bias to its AI algorithms.”
“The idea is that individuals flagged by the system will be offered interventions, such as counselling, to avert potential criminal behaviour”.
AWS RoboMaker uses the Robot Operating System (ROS) to give developers a place to develop and test robotics applications.
“In a cautionary film, director Maxim Pozdorovkin lays out the many ways that automation could affect us in the long term from labor to sex to psychology”.
DeepMind believe AI can help predict 3D structures of proteins based solely on their genetic sequence.
SparkFun is shipping their own CircuitPython board!
This maker created his own pool controller powered by a Raspberry Pi.
Man in the middle (MITM) attacks between Sennheiser’s headphones are an unexpected security vulnerability.
As Wired says, “Two bitter tech rivals get along for a change, making your streaming life a lot less complicated”.
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