This week, Meta’s AR assets were sold off to a secret buyer, we may have a potential HoloLens 2 reveal date, neurosurgeons are looking into giving tours of your brain in VR to help those going into brain surgery, DIY parasites hide what you’re saying from the big players (while giving you your own wake word) and Lyft are looking into VR and AR!
One developer, Zulubo, has come up with a subtle way to do screen shake in VR to give a sense of impact without making you feel unwell.
The foot controller should be coming in April.
It includes a VR app that responds to real-world bumps and stops during your ride (potentially even uses the history of past rides), and an AR app to give you ideal pickup locations and such.
The entire Hardlight VR suit project is now available under the MIT license.
“The consortium brings together several major Japanese companies with the intention of coordinating various activities aimed specifically at the development of the virtual reality business within Japan.”
Brain surgery can be a terrifying process and they say this VR tour of your brain could help ease that anxiety. I think it’d be pretty cool to explore your own brain in VR!
Live streaming VR company NextVR had less positive news for its team last week…
I’m pretty darn excited for HoloLens 2 to be revealed and hopefully February is the month it happens!
Meron Gribetz, the previous CEO of Meta, answered questions from a bunch of outlets including Next Reality (linked above), TechCrunch and UploadVR. Basically — Meta’s assets have been sold to a mystery third party who hopefully will be revealed at some point in the future.
Lots of AR headsets on the way, Facebook appear to want to go the route of having ones that look like regular glasses — likely similar to what Apple will want too.
Wareable report that Magic Leap might be doing some smartphone-based AR (think ARCore and ARKit)?
“The technology projects 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient’s body”.
Many (including myself) are hoping this is a good sign we’ll have a Google branded Pixel smartwatch that’ll showcase the best the platform has to offer.
Got an older Gear smartwatch? It can now do new things!
Monitor your health without the need for a bulky smartwatch.
Fitbit have some new fitness trackers on the scene.
A bunch of smartwatches are bringing in electrocardiogram features, this one isn’t available for public use though.
If you have a Fitbit, you can sign up for the program and “help build one of the world’s largest health data sets”.
Wearable have their picks of the month up!
It works with Nest, Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee and shall reportedly soon work with Siri too.
VentureBeat have a promotion on this e-book bundle with Arduino projects.
“Like a high-vis jacket that only robots can see” — this story felt like one of those stories where we’re definitely in the future now.
I’ll have to take some notes from Wired’s article here!
Robots weren’t quite able to replace humans and were actually causing more issues in some areas.
“I think to be a well-informed citizen in the 21st century, you need to know a little bit about this stuff [AI] because you want to be able to participate in the debates” — Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott
Rain confuses Sydneysiders here too.
A new robot could help us better understand how one prehistoric creature moved.
Recode say that voice assistants are more habit-forming in cars than on smartphones.
Microsoft’s CEO thinks Cortana should become a skill for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Kevin Tofel talks about his thoughts on the smart home post-CES this year.
“Researchers have designed a flexible robot designed for drug delivery that’s small enough to flow through the bloodstream”.
I’m a fan of robots that can draw, this is pretty neat!
Facebook staff are in a bit of trouble after being found out leaving reviews on the Facebook Portal on Amazon — something that’s definitely against Amazon TOS.
Alexa shall now tell you the news and read Wikipedia articles in a more professional voice.
He coined the term “Internet of Things” and Newsweek had a piece about him this week.
Alias is an IoT project that’s a really smart idea! It is a smart speaker topper which you can train with your own wake word, it then filters any requests to ensure only those you want Alexa or Google to hear get passed on.
It has a touchscreen synthesizer built in to help musicians create new complex music with the one guitar.
This Pi was found in a network closet spying away on a company network!
All About Circuits looks at new optical imaging sensors coming in 2019.
For those keen on LoRaWAN, there’s a new board awaiting you!
This collaboration just might encourage more kids to get into making — fantastic news!
Make have a guide on how to use a debugger to spy on your microcontroller code while it is doing it’s thing.
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!