This week, there’s so much Oculus Quest hype (yay!), a new AR platform from Lenovo with their AR headset competing with the HoloLens, really sad to see Nest’s APIs are shutting down but maybe AR musical chairs with the Avengers will help you feel better.

Oculus Quest hype, musical chairs with the Avengers and Lenovo's new AR headset

Oculus Quest hype, musical chairs with the Avengers and Lenovo’s new AR headset!

 

Virtual Reality

No tethers, no limits – SUPERHOT VR on Oculus Quest

The SUPERHOT VR team rebuilt the game for the Oculus Quest and say it’s the best platform for the game yet thanks to the lack of cables.

The Oculus Quest VR headset will make you sweat, and that’s great

Fast Company have a pretty promising review of the Oculus Quest and how well it gets you actively moving around.

Oculus Quest is VR for normal people

The Quest headset is getting pretty darn positive reviews — “The $399 headset is worth the splurge”

Google won’t release an Oculus Quest VR competitor anytime soon

… and it’s not getting a whole lot of competition in the standalone VR space either.

RiftCat’s VR streaming software is finally coming to iOS

“Streaming PC VR content to an iPhone is finally possible thanks to RiftCat as it launched the long-promised iOS version of its VRidge software this week”.

Vive’s catching up to Rift in Steam’s May hardware survey

“Oculus Rift got 45.62% of overall VR usage on Steam. Vive and Vive Pro, meanwhile, total 42.59% of the share”.

Drag:on VR controller brings haptic feedback using drag and weight shifting

They use air resistance and weight shifting to generate haptic feedback, giving a sense of object size and movement.

Oculus Rift S and Valve Index don’t jive with HDMI-only laptops

Both headsets use the DisplayPort connector instead of HDMI.

Mobile VR’s dying gasps mean new life for standalone and tethered VR

VentureBeat say “the low end of the VR market may be collapsing, but it’s going to force higher-performance VR platforms to change their pricing and technologies”.

 

Augmented Reality

Lenovo launches ThinkReality AR and VR headset for enterprises

It’s similar to HoloLens 2, but uses a compute box instead of having it all in the headset. It’s the start of a new AR platform Lenovo are trying to build up.

Snapchat’s gender swap AR face filter is a big hit

Swapping genders is taking Snapchat by storm this week.

Madonna performs alongside AR clones during Billboard Music Awards

Volumetric capture brought some pretty cool augmented reality clones to Madonna’s most recent performance.

Inside Sumerian—Amazon’s big bet on augmented and virtual reality

PCMag had an inside look at Amazon’s VR/AR app building platform.

How Facebook plans to boost augmented reality with Spark AR

VentureBeat had an interview with Matt Roberts, product manager for Spark AR.

Playing augmented reality musical chairs with the Avengers

This is such a brilliant idea for an augmented reality demo.

How to show a 3D model in AR inside your website

How to add a neat little “View in your space” style feature for 3D models on your website.

Nike uses AR to help you find the right fit for your sneakers

Measure your feet in augmented reality with “Nike Fit”.

Google expands preview of Maps AR navigation to Pixel phones

Early preview of AR walking navigation in Google Maps is now open to all Pixel devices. If you have a Pixel device, definitely try it out as it’s quite cool!

 

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

Startups are racing to commercialise deepfakes’ powerful, internet-breaking AI

There’s so much that can go wrong with this technology, we’ve really got to hope for those involved to be moral.

Nvidia teaching robots to master IKEA kitchens

Finally when our Italian builders say “oh but can the robots cook me pasta?” I can say… No! But they might be able to help.

Robot hummingbird imitates nature

You can even make your own — they’ve shared it on GitHub.

MIT AI model is ‘significantly’ better at predicting breast cancer

“A new deep learning model can find breast cancer earlier and eliminates racial disparities in screening”.

Amazon Alexa transcripts live on, even after you delete voice records

You can delete voice recordings but text records aren’t able to be completely scrubbed from Amazon’s records.

Robots are coming to a hospital near you

“In one San Francisco hospital and other places, delivery robots–about the size of a mini-fridge–zip through the hallways delivering pills, bringing lunch to patients, and ferrying specimens and medical equipment to different labs”

Computers determine states of consciousness

“A machine learning algorithm uses EEG traces to find a patient’s odds of waking” — very neat!

This Luxo Jr.-inspired robot reacts to your emotions like a pet would

This face-following robot that reacts to human emotion.

Microsoft open-sources lnterpretML for explaining black box AI

“Microsoft today open-sourced the InterpretML toolkit to help developers introduce explanations of the decisions their AI models make”.

MIT’s FoldTronics fabrication technique allows electronics to be integrated into 3D folded objects

A new technique based on the Japanese art of origami helps integrate electronics into 3D structures.

New video shows a humanoid robot crossing a balance beam with ease

Researchers are working hard to teach robots how to traverse a variety of terrains with the same ease as humans, so there’s no escape.

Facebook contractors are perusing private posts to feed data hungry AI

Not sure whether everyone would be okay with their private posts being looked through and tagged for AI.

 

Internet of Things and Makers

Nest to turn off their API

Really sad news… Nest is disabling their APIs. Once they do, you won’t be able to get data out from the system to use elsewhere as it’ll be contained within the Works with Google Assistant ecosystem.

Sonos will launch Google Assistant on its smart speakers next week

They’ve already got Alexa, so soon Alexa will have company!

Right before Google I/O, Amazon says Alexa now supports 60,000 smart home devices

That’s a lot of devices huh?

This Alexa-controlled traydrone is almost as good as having a butler

This is a pretty darn cool addition to the 60,000 smart home devices! I need one!

Prototyping PCBs with electrical discharge machining

I’ve lost track of the number of ways people have found to make PCBs by this point!

Raspberry Pi HAT brings RISC-V, AI, edge computing

This add-on brings the potential for building AI-at-the-Edge applications on a Raspberry Pi!

The Wyze sensors are a nice add-on to a low-cost system

Wyze cameras are a fantastic low-cost option for security, and they’ve now got sensors too. Here’s Stacey Higgenbotham’s take on them.

A (solder) bridge to nowhere: what is a solder bridge and how to avoid them in PCB design

All About Circuits looks at what solder bridges are and how to avoid them.

Semtech launches free open-source toolset for IoT development with LoRaWAN

Free, open-source, LoRaWAN-focused educational tools for IoT development!

 

Events

2019 State of The AR Cloud Symposium and Showcase

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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