This week, Snapchat had a pretty neat location based AR dragon in New York for Game of Thrones, Woolworths got its own robot, Oculus messed up and may have left a bunch of easter egg comments in its Quest controllers and Nintendo’s Labo VR elephant controller actually is pretty darn genius.

An AR dragon in New York, Woolworths new robot, Oculus' odd messages and Nintendo Labo VR's elephant

An AR dragon in New York, Woolworths has a new robot, Oculus messed up and left some odd messages and the genius of Nintendo Labo VR’s elephant



Virtual Reality

PatCat’s Fav VR Pieces This Week!

Oculus Touch controllers may hold accidental hidden messages

Oculus co-founder confirms tens-of-thousands of controllers may have been released with hidden messages of “This Space For Rent”, “The Masons Were Here”, “Big Brother is Watching” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!”

Nintendo’s Switch VR Labo Kit includes a genius makeshift 6DoF controller

That elephant controller? It’s actually a pretty darn smart 6DoF controller that’ll let you draw in Labo VR and all sorts of things!

Superhot VR made more revenue than the original

It has sold over 800,000 copies and gained more success as a VR title than it did as a non-VR one!

BBC drops first trailer for interactive Doctor Who VR animation

The Doctor Who interactive VR experience has a trailer now!

MIT’s MoveU makes you feel virtual reality movement by stimulating your inner ear

It helps prevent motion sickness using “galvanic vestibular stimulation”.

The 7 habits of highly effective AR/VR startups

VentureBeat had a piece looking at the things AR/VR startups do right to find success.

Oculus VR’s cross-buy strategy main goal: Facebook platform lock-in

“Facebook is on the path to platform lock-in with Oculus Quest, and at this early stage of the market, it could have big ramifications for virtual reality”.

Research suggests VR may help patients suffering from Parkinson’s

VR may be able to help with balance and motor control for those who really need it.

Firefox Reality 1.1.3

“This release includes some major new features including support for 6DoF controllers, new environments, a curved browser window option and some bug fixes.”

Nintendo details Super Mario Odyssey for Labo VR

“Super Mario Odyssey is getting three VR mini missions where you’ll collect coins and music notes.”

Nintendo Labo VR includes a Virtual Boy easter egg

“Virtual Boy: Check out old VR in new VR” is a clip in Labo’s video section with a look at “Mario’s Tennis”.

Acer announces new OJO headset with higher res, open-ear audio, & IPD adjustment

It has a total resolution of 4,320 × 2,160, and 2.25 times the total number of pixels as Acer’s original OJO 500 headset which had up to 1,440 × 1,440 resolution per eye.

Augmented Reality

PatCat’s Fav AR Pieces This Week!

Charlie Fink on how the world will be painted with data

Charlie Fink answered a few questions this week for Dev Diner around the AR industry and his new book, “Convergence, How The World Will Be Painted With Data”.

The magic of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 hand interaction on display in mixed reality toolkit v2 demo video

We’ve got some nice recorded footage on the Mixed Reality Toolkit YouTube channel showing what hand interaction is like on the HoloLens 2 — much better than HoloLens 1!

Coachella debuts its first interactive AR stage

They’ll have rocket ships, planets and all sorts of space themed stuff going on above the crowd in AR.

Snapchat summons dragons from Westeros to New York for Game of Thrones AR promo

This latest AR promo within Snapchat shows just how far their AR tech has come, it looks pretty darn good!

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

PatCat’s Fav AI and Robotics Pieces This Week!

Google launches an end-to-end AI platform

Google’s beta launch of their new “AI Platform” aims to “offer developers and data scientists an end-to-end service for building, testing and deploying their own models”.

Amazon Alexa now offers long-form news coverage in addition to flash briefings

Amazon is rolling out a new feature that will allow Alexa device owners to get more in-depth news if you want more than just the short flash briefing.

Amazon workers are listening to what you tell Alexa

A report from Bloomberg raised the alarms for many in the public, however having humans verify a small percentage of the audio sent to Alexa is one of the ways they train it to improve.

Why companies like Amazon manually review voice data

“As much as we want to believe that there have been breakthrough advances in AI many of the most advanced implementations of this technology, like Alexa, require a human in the loop”.

Spotted: Woolies deploys robot, self-serve cameras at store

Woolworths, one of Australia’s big supermarket chains, has added a robot into one of its stores, roams around and alerts staff to spills.

Microsoft wants to unleash its AI expertise on climate change

Microsoft wants to use its tech to monitor and find insights in environmental data.

Scientists print first 3D heart using a patient’s own cells

Impressive! “Scientists at Tel Aviv University 3D printed a functioning heart using a patient’s own cells and biological materials”.

OpenAI five crushes DOTA2 world champs, and soon you can lose to it too

Soon you’ll be able to battle it out with OpenAI too.

Researchers use drones to detect potholes, cracks, and other road damage

“Researchers describe an algorithm that automatically maps potholes, cracks, and other types of road damage”.

Harvard Medical School’s AI can detect genetic defect that causes some cancers

“Harvard Medical School researchers describe in a newly published paper an algorithm that can accurately screen for certain kinds of cancer”.

AI developed a whole new sport

Speedgate is apparently what happens when you ask AI to create a sport.

Canalys: 200 million smart speakers will be sold before year-end

These numbers are “driven mainly by growth in East Asia”.

Doing machine learning from the Arduino development environment?

The Maxiduino is a New MAix-Based Board from Sipeed for machine learning.

MIT’s RoCycle robot is capable of auto-sorting recyclables

“The RoCycle robot uses sensors in its gripper to identify an objects makeup and then sort it accordingly”.

This couple hired a robot photographer for their wedding

It’s more like a travelling photobooth, rather than a wedding photographer replacement.

AI agent offers rationales using everyday language to explain its actions

“Researchers have developed an artificially intelligent (AI) agent that can automatically generate natural language explanations in real-time to convey the motivations behind its actions.”

The first research book written by an AI could lead to on-demand papers

It looked through over a thousand papers to put together its very own book.

Meet Blue, the low-cost, human-friendly robot designed for AI: Blue’s creators hope the new robot will accelerate the development of robotics for the home

Blue’s goal is to be low-cost and safe enough that every AI researcher could have one.

Internet of Things and Makers

PatCat’s Fav IoT Pieces This Week!

PiSugar is a compact battery solution designed specifically for the Raspberry Pi Zero

The PiSugar battery solution aims to keep portable Raspberry Pi Zero projects as compact as possible.

Logitech launches Alexa-enabled Harmony Express Universal Remote

It has less buttons as it gives a lot of that role to Alexa instead!

A robust ESP8266 RFID access control system

The ESP-RFID project “combines the diminutive WiFi-enabled microcontroller with a nice custom PCB and some exceptionally slick software to create a very professional access control system without breaking the bank”.

Spy on your smart home with this open source research tool

The IoT Inspector (available for Mac, Windows and Linux has a wait list) is a tool to let you see what your smart devices are up to on your network.


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