This week, we finally got to see the HoloLens 2, we also had a peek at a spherical display that lets two users view a VR world at once, we also have a look at the Varjo VR-1 has a resolution of about that of the human eye, a new Kinect from Microsoft and more!
Antony Vitillo, Skarredghost, discussed his VR/AR experiments, tips for becoming a virtual reality developer and what he sees coming this year with me for this Dev Diner article!
They want to use 5G, their Snapdragon 855 platform and OEM headsets to bring you VR/AR headsets.
A solid look at how Nintendo is most likely to enter the VR market.
Kellogg’s see’s 18% bump in sales after using VR to recreate supermarket shelves for researching the best placement of their brand’s boxes.
Blake Harris’ “The History Of The Future” book reveals two canceled Oculus Rift successor projects codenamed Tuzi and Venice we didn’t know about before.
Subpac offers a backpack-like subwoofer to help deaf players feel the music instead. Such a nice idea!
Yet another person is going many hours straight in VR… this time it is 168 hours with multiple headsets.
The issues have since been fixed but make sure you’ve got the update!
HTC announced the Vive Focus Plus, a full 6 DoF version of the Vive Focus, featuring 6 DoF controllers. Here’s Skarredghost’s hands on look at them.
The HTC Vive Cosmos, a combination PC/mobile 6DoF headset featuring inside-out tracking and a flip-up visor, has had a preview of its controller emerge.
You place the virtual environment in your real-world space and either monitor or get involved in various vTime virtual chat sessions. It’s a curious way of bringing VR environments into AR.
VR is being used to aid in diagnostics and treatment for young cancer patients by the CSIRO, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Children’s Cancer Institute and Start VR.
Marketed towards industry, Varjo has a resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree – 20x higher than current headsets out there.
Researchers have developed a ball-shaped VR display that supports up to two users at a time that has a distortion-free 3D image even when viewed from multiple angles.
The new HoloLens is focused on enterprise with a field of view twice as big as the HoloLens 1, better gesture interaction and more.
This is really exciting news for WebXR. The HoloLens 2 will be so open that the Firefox Reality browser will be available on it!
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, a veteran critic of Microsoft, praised its openness this week.
Magic Leap are “collecting partners to build the Magicverse, a network that will bind physical and digital worlds”. It’ll be interesting to see who ends up making the dominant digital world in our future.
They look like a set of miniature sci-fi brass knuckles but are motion controllers for the iPhone to bring its AR some better hand tracking.
Vuzix’s AR M400 headset uses the Snapdragon XR1 chip that was designed to for AR wearables.
Nreal has partnered with Qualcomm for 5G connectivity and LG Uplus for “value-added compatible devices” with their smartglasses.
It teaches creative problem-solving skills, leadership and confidence through story and adventure instead of violence.
“When harnessed for the public good, not simply frivolous enhancements to the gaming world, AR has the potential to usher in transformative progress”.
“The employees, many of whom have worked on the product for years, say they want HoloLens to be used for good, not war, per a new $480 million Army contract”.
Despite that, it doesn’t look like Microsoft is budging on that Army contract.
“Microsoft unveiled plans to port its Remote Assist app to Android, and unveiled a new app for displaying 3D models called Product Visualize, both of which are part of the Dynamics 365 enterprise platform”.
The Galaxy S10 5G has a 3D depth-sensing camera that can capture 3D images, measure and map real world spaces in detail, and use fast connectivity to keep latency down.
Aryzon, a Google Cardboard style headset, now has a simpler design that just folds out super easily. You can order custom prints of it too.
They reduced the Focals smartglasses’ price by nearly 50% but have also needed to cut 150 of their over 400 employees to keep things going over the next few years.
You’ll soon be able to control your smart home devices with your Fitbit!
It’s a bendy screened smartwatch!
Most impressively — it will use on-device AI for it so none of your conversations will be sent to Google.
Qualcomm revealed a platform designed for robots and drones.
“Microsoft is now packaging up all of its impressive work with Kinect into a tiny sensor that it’s hoping businesses will now pick up and use.”
The Qualcomm Mesh Networking Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) aims to speed up the integration of AVS into mesh Wi-Fi systems.
On Tony Robbins’ podcast, Hypergiant CEO Ben Lamm explained how AI can help serve clients “like nothing else can”.
An Open AI model wasn’t fully released due to worries about malicious use. “As a result, the wider community cannot fully verify or replicate the results”.
This Medium post believes AI “doesn’t have to be a threat to human musicians. It might actually improve their melodies.”
“The service now also supports seven new languages: Danish, Portuguese/Portugal, Russian, Polish, Slovakian, Ukrainian and Norwegian Bokmål.” It also features the ability to optimise audio playback for specific devices.
As of last month, Google had 4,253 actions for its Assistant and Home products in the US, whereas Alexa had 60,000 Skills.
“The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction”.
“Sphero RVR (pronounced “rover”) launched on Kickstarter this week to great interest, surpassing its $150,000 goal in less than 24 hours.”
“University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision.”
Wired asks the question — “Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies keep injecting more and more smarts into our daily tasks. Will we become indistinguishable, or truly free?”
Wikidata gives virtual assistants like Alexa lots of info to draw upon — Wired has a closer look.
A new study showed that AI can substantially improve our understanding of the Earth’s climate.
Through Alexa, listeners of Nova’s radio station will be able to ask Nova “Who sings this song?”, “What song is this?” or give feedback and tell Nova that they love a certain song. (Guess what? I’ll be working at NOVA Entertainment soon to keep developing this and other cool stuff!)
ARM has a new Platform Security Architecture certification test to ensure IoT applications are safer.
YouTuber, uXeBoy, built an Arduboy Game Boy Advance cartridge so you can use the Arduino microcontroller-powered system with the Game Boy Advance screen and controls.
The Gentlemen Maker team show how to use a Raspberry Pi to make your own posh home automation system!
Balena.io (formerly Resin.io) has officially released their balenaFin V.1.1 Carrier Board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 and 3+
Now there’s a new interface for an IoT system! Pretty neat.
Using a 4G LTE dongle with a Raspberry Pi to create a 4G LTE router to provide Wi-Fi internet access to a whole home.
“The combined package is aimed at helping engineers to more quickly develop low-power IoT applications and bring them successfully to market.”
A Medium post looking at how we can approach the IoT in a more forward facing way.
Mouser is giving away 10 Digi XBee3™ Cellular LTE-M and XBee3™ NBIOT Cellular Development Kits in their latest design contest.
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!