This week, CES 2019 began! It meant we had a whole lot of HTC Vive news including a new headset on the way and a new Ring doorbell for your door’s peephole. We also had an AR fashion show in Iran with invisible models, one smart dude got his Leap Motion AR headset to become portable and so very much more!
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The HTC Vive Cosmos is a PC-based 6DoF VR headset (maybe even a smartphone connectable one too!) featuring inside-out tracking, a flip-up visor, four separate cameras and a pair of motion controllers. Vive Reality is explained more in the next link…
The Vive Reality System encompasses the total user experience from the moment a headset is put on to how content is interacted with. Eventually, it will power all of HTC Vive’s headsets.
They’re hinting that a Vive 2 is potentially on the way, but Vive Cosmos is designed to sell alongside the other Vive headsets.
It’s like the Vive Pro, but with built in eye-tracking.
Sign up to this and you get unrestricted access to Viveport’s library, it’ll be available from 5th April this year!
Firefox Reality will become the default web browser on the HTC Vive!
The Oculus Rift gained ground this month over the HTC Vive.
Apple are indeed still exploring augmented and mixed reality, this patent shows some of the results.
It is a near identical recreation of the original PlayStation 4 game, including detailed assets developed from scratch — all by an independent dev!
This is a curious approach to making a cheap VR headset!
Skarredghost put together his list of VR predictions for this year.
This use of VR is a really interesting one — building empathy with patients living in social isolation using VR.
Audi’s spun out its VR division into a new startup called “Holoride” that are working to make in-car VR experiences with companies like Disney!
New evidence has emerged that confirms the 2019 release date for the HoloLens 2 VR headset!
These are incredibly exciting and I’m hoping they’re the first of a few AR smartglasses to come out this year that have a nicer form factor.
Oh look, my hopes already appear to be answered! It’s got a 52-degree field of view, 1080p resolution, spatial sound, voice interactions and haptic-feedback controllers with up to 3 degrees of freedom.
“The idea behind the system is to give drivers an insight into the ‘unseen world’, or Metaverse, motivating the decisions of upcoming autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles”.
Wired say that “a shiny new thing called XR — an umbrella term encompassing augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies — is the industry’s new favorite buzzword”.
Google’s Project Soli would be a direct competitor to Leap Motion. Rather than using image-based tracking, Soli will use radar.
There’s a good goal… make an AR device that brings immortality!
Noah Zerkin, a rather talented human, has managed to make Leap Motion’s AR headset prototype somewhat mobile.
I’ve always thought that Spectacles was a great initial step for getting the public ready for AR smartglasses, Next Reality think it’s time.
TechCrunch think it might be hard to keep up momentum alongside expectations this year.
A fan project developed for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality Headsets, “Duel Monsters VR” is waiting for Yu-Gi-Oh fans to try out!
Skarredghost has his predictions for AR for this year too!
I mean, it definitely brings the focus to the clothing… right?
The New York Times app now has an AR simulation of a Higgs particle reaction.
“Omron Healthcare makes some of the most highly-rated home blood pressure monitors on the market and has now miniaturized that technology into a FDA-cleared smartwatch.”
This is the second iteration of the smartwatch that uses thermoelectrics to turn your body heat into power!
One of them is for wearable fabric!
I feel like when this happens, we’ll finally be able to play out our secret agent dreams!
I get this question a lot, and while the answer isn’t super satisfying just yet… here’s where things are at.
Samsung showed various robotics projects at CES, including Bot Health and Bot Retail.
The robot lawnmower is “one of the first with support for Amazon’s Alexa assistant, and the only robot lawnmower that can use weather forecasts to automatically decide when best to mow the lawn”.
The Air 100, the Zen, and the Duo appeared at CES 2019.
There are a lot of devices that include Alexa within them now, Echo Dots have totally sold out this month too.
The New Yorker has a look back at AlphaZero and it’s victory within the game of Go.
If you want to get into building for Alexa, Amazon are willing to help out.
Nonprofit Resolve and Intel teamed up to create TrailGuard AI, an AI camera that detects poachers in near real time.
A 4K AI-enabled camera that automatically follows you around.
“A machine-learning model showed promising results, but city officials and their engineering contractor abandoned it”.
Kevin Tofel ponders about the assistant I ponder about every time I accidentally trigger it on my phone… Bixby.
Martin Ford has some thoughts on our approach to AI and deep learning.
“Door View Cam requires no wires or drilling for installation, and it includes sensors that do things like alert you if someone is knocking at the door.” They’ve got a bunch of smart lights too!
I can see this becoming an absolute lifesaver for cafes and restaurants everywhere! It can open and close parasols automatically, depending on the weather, or through Alexa.
Don’t worry everyone, you can finally talk to your toilet.
This deal from VentureBeat looks like it’s pretty reasonable. $51.99 for an Arduino clone kit with a bunch of learning material too.
Tech Radar say that “manufacturing, transport and utilities will top IoT investment”.
It sends your drawings to an XY plotter to re-draw it on bigger screen using an Arduino!
Their focus is more on the privacy aspect of things, which could definitely be a drawcard for some!
This guide shows how to set up your own home automation gateway so you can control the access given to each IoT device in your home.
Could they be moving away from ARM? Or towards an open platform with different hardware options?
All About Circuits looks at C from the perspective of programming microcontrollers. Really nice info in this!
Soon, everything will be Alexa-enabled!
For those who’d like a challenge.
This project lets you stream your local music library to Amazon Echo for free!
This DIY Arduino-powered vending machine is pretty darn cool.
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!