This week, we have VR headset announcements from Valve, Oculus and HP, Microsoft’s Build conference brings HoloLens, AI, robotics and IoT news… and we’ve got Google I/O announcements coming next week! So much going on!
The Valve Index VR Headset will start shipping June 28th for US$999 — it’s like the HTC Vive, needs to be connected to a PC, uses lighthouse tracking and such, but has higher specs!
Oculus’ new VR headsets, the Oculus Rift S and Quest, are both now live for pre-orders today at US$399! TechCrunch say that the Rift S is barely an upgrade and Engadget say it is just another tethered VR headset.
People have been pretty keen on the Quest — people pre-ordering from now will likely get theirs shipped after May 21st.
Mr SkarredGhost has a guide around what the Quest actually is and such!
He also covers what the Rift S is for comparison!
VR headset galore in May!
“The controllers come in two versions, the Sword and the Sword Sense. The main difference being that the Sword controller has a trackpad, while the flagship Sword Sense controller has sensors for finger tracking and a thumbstick with a smaller trackpanel on the face”.
With the new The Lion King movie, “everything in the shot is now computer generated”. “To allow Favreau to direct CGI shots as he would on a real set, Disney built a realtime VR renderer for the film’s environments”.
Ever wonder how VR headset positional tracking actually works? Read this!
“Through the help of location-based VR technology, the NYPD is training hundreds of officers in multiple scenarios that would be impossible to recreate in real-life.”
Facebook showed some interesting research work at F8 2019 tracking full body.
VR Scout share four platforms where you can build VR projects without any programming experience.
“They’ve got an enterprise-grade bundle available for $999 plus a $180 annual fee.”
You can now preorder the Valve Index, a high-end VR headset with some class-leading features, and a price to match ($999 for the complete bundle). Who is this for and should you buy it? Display: The Valve Index display has a resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye (same as Vive Pro or Samsung Odyssey), …
Mozilla are working with Valve to bring the immersive web to SteamVR!
At the start of the Microsoft Build conference, their demo didn’t quite work out, but you can see what it was supposed to be.
VentureBeat’s Jeremy Horwitz feels like the HoloLens 2 is a disaster in the making and wasn’t impressed by their show at Build.
Whereas Next Reality say they boosted their profile by taking the stage at Microsoft Build to show off their new integration into Microsoft Teams.
More will be revealed on May 17th but the video looks pretty promising. If this is indeed a slick version of Minecraft in mobile AR… I think it’ll be pretty darn popular.
“This week, North released the latest set of new functions designed to keep users entertained on public transit, in waiting rooms, and during other moments of idleness”.
The “Art of Wick AR” contest challenges fans to build and share their own AR Lenses with Lens Studio with the chance to win prizes.
The first stand-alone contact lens with a flexible micro battery has DARPA very interested.
The HoloLens 2 Dev Edition is available later this year for $3,500, you’ll need to be a part of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Developer Program to get one.
“ZapWorks will enable developers to build for both platforms and deploy via a single project, rather than develop separate versions for iOS and Android”.
Public beta testing of the Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go has begun in my neck of the woods!
Matt Miesnieks from 6D.ai makes some really important observations in this article. He says “AR means anyone can rip, mix and burn reality itself”. There’s so much to unpack in our AR future.
Smartglasses maker Vuzix now support both Alexa and Google Assistant with their Vuzix Blade headset.
Facebook’s AR camera platform, Spark AR, will be bringing its Windows editor and Instagram AR to all developers later this year. They also hinted at landmark style AR like Snapchat’s capabilities.
Virtual assistants are struggling in some areas.
Cortana is going to sound more casual and human-like soon, even with ums and ahhs.
The company today announced the limited preview of a new Azure-based platform for autonomous robots.
Soon enough, you just might be pulled over by a robot!
“The real danger of an AI arms race isn’t that another country would win; it’s that unsafe technologies would make everyone lose”.
“Google’s AI research division has released an AI model training data set containing 5 million images of more than 200,000 different landmarks”.
We’re still seeing articles about how surprising it is Amazon and such have a history of what you’ve said to their devices. I included this one making the rounds even though I hate the clickbait title because it does mention ways of removing the recordings and preventing Google from storing them at all.
It’s like the face generating one from a few months back, but with whole bodies!
This song is sung by humans Elle O’Brien and Timothy Joyce but written by a Recursive Neural Network.
I had a chat with Anand Tamboli all about building IoT systems for his new book “Build Your Own IoT Platform” — he had some good tips to share!
Set routines to start when your alarm goes off, at sunrise/sunset, when someone shows up on a smart home camera and more.
The Alexa for Windows app can now be invoked through built-in and USB-connected/webcam microphones.
At Build 2019, we got a bunch of announcements that’ll be relevant to the IoT community.
A new Code of Practice “could see shonky devices pulled from shelves”.
“See how this Raspberry Pi 3B+ recreates a Borg Access Terminal and chat with you using a local AI engine customised from the ’80s Eliza algorithm.”
Open AR Cloud are running a full day event on AR Cloud technology at San Jose. I’d go if I was in the area as this is a hugely important area in the future of technology! The coupon code OARCPromo will get you US$15 off!
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