This week, new patents revealed what the next PSVR controllers might look like, Eero is being purchased by Amazon, Samsung accidentally leaked their own new wearables, IBM are soon going to allow their Watson AI to run on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, and we learnt that Facebook considered buying Unity (and we had a big peek at Mark’s VR/AR strategy)!
Mark reveals a lot about his strategy for Facebook and VR/AR, including saying “From a timing perspective, we are better off the sooner the next platform becomes ubiquitous and the shorter the time we exist in a primarily mobile world dominated by Google and Apple. The shorter this time, the less our community is vulnerable to the actions of others. Therefore, our goal is not only to win in VR / AR, but also to accelerate its arrival”.
Sony’s Shawn Layden says VR still feels experimental but that PSVR will see a dramatic change in 10 years.
Two new patents show what could be the start of some of that dramatic change.
Here’s a clever way to make your own DIY VR headset.
It will be an animated interactive story you can be a part of!
Harmonix announced a brand new VR rhythm game on Twitter this week called “Audica”.
This is a really curious WebVR creation — Josh created all graphics for Jingle Smash in code.
Didn’t seem to be an issue in the film Ready Player One though.
“New research shows that an immersive virtual reality environment treats 45% of children with autism, freeing them from their fears and phobias — and that the treatment lasts”.
It contains real-time raytracing, an audio driver, new avatars, new environments, new VR UI and more.
This pencil for VR aims to have surface sensing, capacitive touch, haptic feedback and more.
If your headset is out of warranty and is having an audio issue, there’s a free repair kit fix.
Wired had a great piece on how we are building a 1-to-1 map of almost unimaginable scope of our world. This article sees the future very much like I do – it’s a good read.
Nicole Lee from Engadget gives her thoughts after trying out the Vuzix AR headset.
We’ve got a DIY VR headset above and a cool, low budget DIY AR headset approach here!
“The latest release of ARCore, version 1.7, can create a 468-point 3D mesh of a user’s face from just the front camera alone” — it isn’t as much as Apple’s TrueDepth camera but it’s a start!
VentureBeat has a look at the history behind “Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders”.
This app uses AR to show you what your potential meal might look like. I’ve seen a few of these style apps, it’s an interesting idea.
The Harry Potter themed Pokemon Go-style game comes out later this year and we can assume it’ll be a big deal for a while just like Pokemon Go.
The Light Capture tool builds a replica of the natural environment’s lighting — imagine seeing reflections of the real world in your virtual objects.
This group has released a crowdfunding campaign on software and hardware for creating apps controlled by eyes, hand gestures, and even thoughts and emotions.
A short video of a very nicely done real estate prototype that shows a building and surrounds in AR.
Wearables could one day be powered by “flexible supercapacitors that recharge using solar energy and run for 15,000 cycles”.
They have accidentally revealed their upcoming Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Fit, and Galaxy Watch Active.
I’m pretty excited to see what their Pixel Watch will look like.
Soul Electronics’ wireless earbuds use AI to help elevate your workouts.
This is big! “Watson AI will soon be available not just on AWS, Azure and the Google Cloud, but on pretty much any public, private or hybrid cloud platform”
Facebook AI Research director Yann LeCun says deep learning may need a new language that’s more flexible and easier to work with than Python.
OpenAI are worried about potential abuse of their text generator. It sounded like a lot of the time it generated not great results, but the times that it worked, it worked surprisingly well.
Quartz ask whether we should put algorithms through as thorough testing as we do prescription drugs.
French researchers have built a six-legged robot with a navigation system modelled on that of a clever desert ant that is “more accurate and less prone to collisions than GPS”.
It is trained using machine learning to give it a sense of how it is positioned, despite being soft and flexible (rather than solid and always positioned the same).
ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com uses the research from NVIDIA we saw a few weeks back to produce a stream of believable fake faces (refresh and every time you get a new one!).
PullString helped companies build conversational voice apps with Alexa and Google Assistant and were known for their Hello Barbie connected toy.
“Researchers have developed a machine learning system that examines artery calcium deposits in the heart to assess heart disease risk”.
This AI is “exceptionally good at predicting future actions in unfamiliar environments” and is now open source!
You know what robots need? More wings.
Facebook’s Portal, their Amazon Echo-like device with video calling, initially would swivel around to face you when it sensed your presence. They took that feature out. There are a few peeks at their prototypes here.
Fast Company also had a piece looking at how Facebook designed its video abilities with the help of cameramen.
“Researchers devised a novel method of replicating how humans process sound, which they believe might be used to improve speech recognition in robots”.
It is a nice, small and clean DIY robot!
“Dubbed Clever-Commit, the AI will act as a form of coding assistant that learns from a developer’s base bug and regression data to predict and flag potential new bugs that might be added as new code is slapped onto the codebase.”
The “Helium vector extension for Cortex-M processors aims to facilitate more complex development on the edge”.
You can now easily publish skills you make in the Alexa Skill Blueprints app.
Wired has a piece on Alexa and why voice is going to “upend our relationship with information”.
Take that AI. We can still beat you in a debate.
The CH552 microcontroller does “USB natively, has an Open Source toolchain, and costs a quarter”.
Maxim has released the MAX41461 — intended for a variety of low-cost wireless applications.
Amazon announced they’ll be acquiring mesh Wi-Fi maker Eero. Stacey Higgenbotham has a good take on what this means for the smart home.
Kevin Tofel looks at a IoT hub that works locally on your network rather than going over the cloud.
This developer didn’t like how the controls were laid out, so he made his own.
Health monitoring system for plants is a great use of the Particle Electron.
“The Intelli-T uses a weight sensor and a Raspberry Pi to alert you when your tea supply is running low”.
All About Circuits looks at some trends in building automation.
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!