This week, Snapchat provided an augmented reality replica of Big Ben to replace it during construction, Leap Motion provided a huge amount of new access to their camera and NES in VR became a thing. Hope you all get a chance to tinker with emerging tech over the holidays — have a great holiday season everyone!
VentureBeat asks — how can other location-based VR businesses even hope to succeed if a giant like IMAX can fail?
This game looks quite fun — it’s a multiplayer shooter for VR, but now you can also challenge people on mobile devices!
“Clay AIR has announced a collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to provide OEMs with interaction technology to accelerate adoption of augmented reality (AR) and VR devices.”
The 2018 Steam Winter Sale ends on 3rd January 2019 at 10am PT! Go get some cheap VR experiences!
Angry Birds is going to have its own VR game in 2019.
Facebook is formally open sourcing its “DeepFocus” research into more realistic eye-tracking VR headsets and releasing the related code publicly.
Bringing old NES games into 3D was already cool but it’s especially cooler in VR!
VeeR CEO Ayden Ye spoke about his VR-only content platform VeeR, along with VR in China.
A new Snapchat Lens allows people to point towards Big Ben and its construction covers come off, revealing Big Ben in its glory and even showing the right time!
Marriott Hotels teamed up with LIFEWTR to let guests redecorate their rooms in AR and share photos with friends.
Next Reality has a list of their picks for the five most innovative AR products of 2018.
VR Scout had a top 8 of 2018, focused more on AR experiences, rather than devices.
LeapUVC is an expansion of its Image API that gives developers access to the Leap Motion Controller’s camera data. It gives devs more control over properties such as LED brightness, gamma, exposure, gain, resolution, and more.
You can now scroll by swiping with the cursor pointed to the edge of the window, select text with the controller trigger and touchpad, or press and swipe with fingers on a mobile touchscreen.
Despite funding difficulties, Meta released a video with four testimonals from enterprise — a lovely sign that we’ll see more from Meta again in 2019.
For those whose vision is preventing them from enjoying the Magic Leap — prescription lens inserts are now available.
A curious article from Skarredghost on “mediated reality”, worth a read!
Always a sad thing to happen in emerging tech… especially right before Christmas.
If you’re looking to get a Fitbit Versa and you’re in the US, there’s a nice deal waiting for you!
A useful series of tips for Apple Watch owners!
Wareable has high hopes for smartwatches, not only in 2019 but for many years to come!
Gatwick Airport had a big shutdown this week after drones caused planes to need to remain grounded. Sadly, it seems police haven’t found those behind it yet. Or the drone may never have existed.
Loup Ventures recently tested four smart speakers by asking Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana 800 questions each. Google Assistant got 88% right, Siri 75%, Alexa 73% and Cortana 63%.
There have been some odd responses from Alexa after Amazon turned to the web to make Alexa smarter.
These scanners will “use AI and millimeter wave technology to speed you through the lines and even monitor crowds from afar”.
Google and Microsoft are pledging not to use AI technology in certain ways as we move into a more AI centric future.
Now there’s a curious approach to learning an instrument.
“IBM just designed a tiny fingernail sensor that uses AI to track disease progression”.
Packt Publishing demonstrated “how a neural network can learn to craft novel — if a tad nonsensical — song lyrics”.
“Researchers from the Yale Social Robotics Lab have created OwnageBot, which understands the concept of ownership”.
“Researchers at Microsoft Research, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Maryland have developed a method that exposes biases in word embeddings”.
VentureBeat say that “there were a lot of ups and downs in AI research this year. But despite all the dire predictions, it did more good than you might remember”.
“Researchers have demonstrated a computer system that can discover and identify the real-world objects it sees based on the same method of visual learning that humans use”.
Enter a code on a keypad, get your groceries from the R1, then it returns to the store to recharge and reload.
They’re inspired by the pads on a gecko’s feet and can climb on vertical and upside-down conductive surfaces.
One-month-old Joy Nowai on Tuesday became the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by drone to the remote South Pacific island of Vanuatu!
With this build from Leap Motion, you can now run more than one Leap Motion Controller on the same PC!
An Amazon user in Germany recently requested data about his personal activities and inadvertently gained access to 1,700 audio recordings of someone he didn’t know. It was an error by someone in the team at Amazon but does raise concerns about how much care Amazon are taking.
All About Circuits looks at what reflection noise is and how it can affect your custom PCB.
The Spresense development board is Sony’s debut into the Maker market for microcontrollers and Make are impressed!
STMicroelectronics are trying to get the software side of things to accompany their hardware.
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!