This week, we have a VR Ninja Dojo, Nintendo’s official re-emergence into VR, a preview of the Harry Potter themed “Pokemon Go” Niantic game, hints at when Apple’s AR headset will start production, a new Fitbit range and more!
Nintendo announced their entry into the VR space — a slightly more advanced Google Cardboard-style accessory for the Nintendo Switch.
Here are a few more reactions to the news.
Next time you’re in Japan, go get your necessary training as a deadly shinobi warrior!
It’s the third year for the VR Awards with 12 categories open for nominations — get nominating!
Tribeca Film Festival 2019 has a bunch of VR premieres, with more than 30 experiences, including “Doctor Who: The Runaway”.
This escape room experience is set up to accommodate the minimum roomscale requirements for VR.
Multi-Con VR is “a comic con-style online VR event featuring contests, cosplay, fan art, celebrity panelists, and a slew of other exciting happenings”.
“While the PC version has always supported online multiplayer that feature has always been between the same headsets. Now Oculus Rift and HTC Vive users can go head to head.”
They’re switching from their custom OSVR headsets to HP new Windows Mixed Reality headset with inside-out tracking — they get higher quality visuals and less cables and cameras for tracking.
Spotted in a now removed job listing!
Google has added new AR YouTube selfie filters along with this post about how their system works — AR and AI working together to produce some cool results!
We’ve got some gameplay footage and info on the upcoming “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” — and you can pre-register for it on Google Play.
Hopefully means we’ll get to see the Apple AR headset in a year or so! It’ll rely on the iPhone, so it won’t be totally standalone, but it could mark a point where AR glasses go mainstream super quick.
Next Reality have a deeper look at the HoloLens 2, asking the HoloLens team a bunch of questions.
We’ve got some photos of what the next generation of Google Glass Enterprise Edition.
From March 12, Microsoft will livestream a six-part series called “The Realities Show”, all about the HoloLens 2.
Google’s new AR navigation feature is out for select local guides — it’s a pretty darn cool feature that hopefully comes to everyone soon!
If you’ve been waiting out for an Apple Watch, here’s a pretty neat opportunity!
Swatch will have their own smartwatch soon, here’s a nice article looking at what is known about it so far.
Their atrial fibrillation detection will “make sure that there’s a good next step” after notification.
There are even more Fitbits to choose from now!
James Park, the Fitbit CEO, on the new range of Fitbit products and the Apple Watch.
“The former nonprofit announced today that it is restructuring as a “capped-profit” company that cuts returns from investments past a certain point”. This is, of course, a bit worrying for those who fear the investments will affect the direction of the company.
WellSaid’s voices are actually pretty darn impressive — they’re more realistic than Google’s WaveNet. The examples shown are incredible.
Scientific American had a nice piece on how Alexa’s machine learning works.
Everything is designed for humans to interact with — so robots will need human-level dexterity to be able to interact with the world too.
“New research finds that when robots are beating humans in contests for cash prizes, people consider themselves less competent and expend slightly less effort — and they tend to dislike the robots”.
The U.S. Army will “invest $72 million in a five-year effort led by Carnegie Mellon to develop AI defense technologies”.
“Researchers believe they have become the first to create an AI-controlled robotic limb driven by animal-like tendons that can even be tripped up and then recover within the time of the next footfall, a task for which the robot was never explicitly programmed to do”.
Amazon say they’ve worked out a technique to minimise imbalance in AI training datasets.
“Researchers have developed a robotic system that can feed people who need someone to help them eat”.
This aims to help business executives “implement an AI strategy and address the ways AI changes an organisation”.
Researchers built AI that uses tweets (yes, from Twitter) to predict the severity of software vulnerabilities with 86 percent accuracy.
An interesting look at the effect of AI on art as the HG Contemporary gallery in Chelsea has an exhibition from an AI “artist”.
They use “mathematical techniques to prevent machine learning models from gleaning or remembering personal information from the data sets they’re being trained upon”.
“Deep learning helps one of Georgia Tech’s musical robots to understand humans and sing to them”.
The AI restaurant and appointment booking assistant is going to be released to a whole lot of the US.
The TensorFlow 2.0 alpha revealed this week provided a preview of upcoming changes aimed at making ML easier for beginners. It will use Keras as the high-level API for building deep learning models.
A few extra lines of code can bring extra protection for people’s data.
The Atlantic’s April 2019 issue looks at how robots will alter humans’ capacity for altruism, love and friendship.
Yep. It’s a shame really. The label of “AI” attracts between 15-50% more funding.
“Researchers have developed an AI platform to detect a range of neurodegenerative disease in human brain tissue samples, including Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy”.
Geek.com featured the Echo Wall Clock and talked about how it works.
The Strawberry4Pi board is made to connect on top of a Raspberry Pi Zero W and has four built-in mechanical relays for turning devices on and off.
This is a nicely put together web page from Trend Micro on the aspects of the smart home which we’ll want to keep secure.
The two major challenges with IoT in the cloud listed are the rapid growth of data and the lack of IoT data security.
Hackster has a look at the ZeroPhone — a working, open source smartphone that is nearing production.
“The RedBoard Edge takes the classic Arduino Uno, but moves everything around to more convenient locations for a streamlined final version of your gadget”.
This cute little hexapod robot toy called Tobbie has been upgraded via Raspberry Pi!
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!