This week, we have a parrot sneakily ordering treats via Amazon Echo, Walmart’s new robot fry cook named “Flippy”, AI-powered “one button Photoshop” for selfies, sad news of ODG’s AR patents being sold next year, unbelievably realistic AI-generated human faces from Nvidia and lots more.
There are way more options for customising your avatar in AltspaceVR now, the virtual world is continuing its expansion!
A regulatory filing confirms that the IMAX VR experiment is over.
You’ll have things to decorate your VR home as well as a new keyboard set up.
Palmer Luckey, no longer at Oculus, published his own guide to improve the Oculus Go’s user experience with several DIY modifications!
HTC have produced the “world’s first feature-length VR movie” and it’s all about the miracle stories of Jesus.
LooxidVR is a VR headset that can read and analyse your emotions using EEG and eye tracking data.
“RaveRunner is a game you can get lost in, and by stimulating so many senses it allows you to let your higher level thoughts slip away — you become purely reactionary and non-judgemental.”
Wondering how to remove that popup asking you to pair the controllers? Here’s how!
An asset sale is planned for January, before the R-9 headset ships… things aren’t sounding promising, but I’m sure one of the big players will purchase the patents and tech!
Speaking of patents, North are apparently eagerly using acquired patents from Intel’s exciting (but sadly shut down) project Vaunt for their own (also exciting!) AR headset — Focals.
Project MARS is a new AR authoring tool that’s on the way!
On Wednesday, Niantic began rolling out the new Trainer Battles player versus player fight mode. I still don’t get why it didn’t have that at the start?
It’s a really curious concept, worth checking out if you’re interested in escape rooms and it’s available for both iPhone and Android.
“Scientists at Caltech are using AR to give objects in a room a voice, allowing the visually impaired to hear their surroundings”.
Tesla are looking to increase their assembly line productivity using a Google Glass-type device.
The update is rolling out this week! They’re also releasing “a new Exercise API and open-source tools that should make it easier for developers to create apps for more complex activities like skiing and snowboarding” (ones that don’t focus on steps).
After a rash on her wrist left her without a smartwatch, Lauren Goode from Wired realised just how far wearables has come.
“Garmin has announced it’s partnering with Actigraph, maker of medical-grade monitors, to combine its wearable know-how with Actigraph’s health expertise.”
This could be handy, especially if you’re about to gift someone a Fitbit this holiday season!
Speaking of gifting a Fitbit…
Nvidia researchers have come up with a very very impressive way to generate super realistic human faces using two dueling neural networks.
“Amazon has enabled a Security Panel Controller framework that lets you control security systems with your voice”.
CastlevaniaBot is a plugin for the Nintaco NES emulator that plays Castlevania all on its own.
Currently it looks like Microsoft may allow you to activate apps with a hotword and possibly swap out Cortana on a system level.
It’s a sponsored post at VentureBeat but this could be a good thing to grab if you’re looking to learn at only US$39.
“Companies like Amazon and Walmart say their automation efforts will lead to new jobs, but critics worry about the humans who could be phased out”.
VentureBeat say the “AI Index 2018 is one of the only attempts out there to give a comprehensive look at the state of artificial intelligence around the world”.
Google’s latest AI is “an attention-based neural network that can generate music with improved long-term coherence”.
Facebook AI Research is open-sourcing some of the conversational AI tech it is using to power its Portal video chat display and M suggestions on Facebook Messenger!
In this blog post, Google say they won’t offer a “general-purpose” facial recognition API just yet, they say it “merits careful consideration to ensure its use is aligned with our principles and values, and avoids abuse and harmful outcomes”.
Serve is the “first robotic delivery device created from the ground up by an on-demand delivery company”.
An update on this which was mentioned this back in Issue 167 — the robot assistance for the reef was completed successfully with more planned for 2019!
“How do you deal with an issue after moving onto the next delivery milestone?” Of course, like everything these days, the answer is AI.
Lensa is a “one button Photoshop” for your selfies that’s coming early next year.
“Flippy, the burger-flipping, chicken tender-frying robot, might be making an appearance at a Walmart deli near you”.
One robot engineer attempted to build a real Transformer. It is amazing.
This parrot has so far demanded treats such as strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli and ice cream.
Hackaday had a look at what is a very important part of IoT’s future.
GE “has given the clearest signal yet that running a successful software business is very different from running an industrial conglomerate”.
This looks so very cool! An old school Beckman Model 421 dumb terminal from the early 80s given new life via Raspberry Pi!
This DIY project combines a Wii balance board, a Raspberry Pi and an online data analytics platform!
What a curious idea indeed.
Amazon’s clock shows your active timers with LED lights in the minute positions around the clock face edge.
This MRI scanner actually plays music through its gradient coils!
At JOLT Roadshows, inspirational speakers from the world’s leading enterprises will share how they have embraced AI to improve revenue, customer retention, and experience! They’re at six locations throughout early 2019 in both USA and Canada. Click the link for info — it’s free!
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!