This week, Google released an alpha version of Google Maps’ AR mode, Childish Gambino appeared on Pixel phones to dance away and we have a new Pictionary-style game that’ll help train up AI to understand context between images better.
Seriously — people were moving so fast that Steam VR couldn’t track their movements.
Anastasiia Ku explores various text input possibilities for gaming and VR devices.
The YURfit Plug-in will track calories while you play VR.
The W3C moved the WebXR Device API into draft specification! One step closer to both VR and AR working well on the web.
Over the course of one month, 19 patients who reported having frequent nightmares were able to modify the visuals they found threatening to make them less scary.
A discussion around interactivity in VR that’s worth reading.
With a bit of sneaking around in the code, UploadVR has spotted info on the the Oculus Rift headset.
VLC player now supports VR!
“Infinite Instrument’s customisable interface is proving to be an effective tool for physically disabled musicians”.
Skarredghost has a look at the enterprise high-end virtual reality headset produced by VRgineers with an embedded Leap Motion v2.
“To help accelerate the process, Ford Motor Company is exploring the possibility of using VR to design cars through Gravity Sketch, a VR tool that lets designers sketch directly in a 3D VR environment”
Google Maps are looking to add an AR mode which can help guide you the final steps of the way to your destination.
easyJet joins a list of airlines using AR to check your baggage size!
Microsoft published a teaser video for their media event at Mobile World Congress Barcelona on Feb 24.
Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, can now dance around in your Pixel camera’s view.
Map merge will allow multiple people to share the same mapped area – perfect for multi-user experiences.
ODG’s physical assets are being auctioned off.
8th Wall now have a web interface for creating new AR apps.
Their concept would involve an AR headset with a smartwatch providing a camera, display and microphone on the headset’s right arm.
All About Circuits has a look at the manufacturers in the wearable market and what they are producing.
Unlike Fitbit’s Ace, the new wearable will reportedly have a larger screen and a more friendly design.
This new material “responds to the body’s heat and wetness to help keep us at a comfortable temperature at all times”.
This AI plays something like Pictionary with you and others around the world to slowly grow in its understanding of intent behind drawings.
If you’re a stray cat, it’ll let you in. Dogs are left to remain outside in the cold! It can recognise 174 different kinds of cats and can also spot if cats have diseases.
55 self-driving cars built by Changan Automobile at a test track in China, set a record for the largest parade of autonomous cars.
Rat cyborgs were able to be successfully navigated by the human mind to navigate a complex maze.
RAIL now offers end user license agreements and source code license agreements that software providers, researchers, and developers can include with their software to prevent harmful use of their technology.
Uber’s Ludwig is open source and allows anyone to train AI models without code!
Google and Microsoft have added warnings to their “risk factors” for investors about potential legal and ethical problems from their AI projects.
AI chatbots may offer a new form of care, but also raise new questions.
Deep learning is being seen as a solution to get accurately through lots of medical scans in a short period of time.
Google Assistant “could eventually recognize if you’re frustrated or pick up conversations where you left off.”
Researchers at Affectiva are onto this idea too — they’ve got an AI system that can detect anger or frustration in speech in 1.2 seconds.
This robot can draw posters via voice commands — it’s totally open source so you can make your own.
Rather than helping, this machine messes with you as you try to draw.
They teach Alexa “what individual recorded instances of her name sound like, so she will know to ignore them”. The Alexa commercial for the Super Bowl is also in this post and features Harrison Ford!
Your desk job is safe for now, there’s a lot that humans do which robots aren’t able to just yet!
There is evidence showing that fake news and real news spread differently, Fabula AI are looking to identify it.
They’ve got built in obstacle avoidance and leverage AI to learn users’ movement preferences, style of driving, and their current physiology.
Motherboard look at the results of having a platform where the community oversee images from Ring of crime or suspicious activity.
A very cool use of a Raspberry Pi paired with an energy efficient e-ink display!
If you’re looking to go beyond using prototyping breadboards, here’s a way to make your own PCBs.
This can be programmed to fully cut power off after a software shutdown command has been issued and can cycle power if your Pi freezes up.
IoT For All sat down with MultiTech and Avnet, two leading IoT hardware companies, to discuss their plans with edge computing.
A neat infographic on the growth of smart homes across the world.
A look at languages available to program microcontrollers.
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!