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.
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.
Fast Company have a pretty promising review of the Oculus Quest and how well it gets you actively moving around.
The Quest headset is getting pretty darn positive reviews — “The $399 headset is worth the splurge”
… and it’s not getting a whole lot of competition in the standalone VR space either.
“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”.
“Oculus Rift got 45.62% of overall VR usage on Steam. Vive and Vive Pro, meanwhile, total 42.59% of the share”.
They use air resistance and weight shifting to generate haptic feedback, giving a sense of object size and movement.
Both headsets use the DisplayPort connector instead of HDMI.
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”.
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.
Swapping genders is taking Snapchat by storm this week.
Volumetric capture brought some pretty cool augmented reality clones to Madonna’s most recent performance.
PCMag had an inside look at Amazon’s VR/AR app building platform.
VentureBeat had an interview with Matt Roberts, product manager for Spark AR.
This is such a brilliant idea for an augmented reality demo.
How to add a neat little “View in your space” style feature for 3D models on your website.
Measure your feet in augmented reality with “Nike Fit”.
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!
There’s so much that can go wrong with this technology, we’ve really got to hope for those involved to be moral.
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.
You can even make your own — they’ve shared it on GitHub.
“A new deep learning model can find breast cancer earlier and eliminates racial disparities in screening”.
You can delete voice recordings but text records aren’t able to be completely scrubbed from Amazon’s records.
“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”
“A machine learning algorithm uses EEG traces to find a patient’s odds of waking” — very neat!
This face-following robot that reacts to human emotion.
“Microsoft today open-sourced the InterpretML toolkit to help developers introduce explanations of the decisions their AI models make”.
A new technique based on the Japanese art of origami helps integrate electronics into 3D structures.
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.
Not sure whether everyone would be okay with their private posts being looked through and tagged for AI.
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.
They’ve already got Alexa, so soon Alexa will have company!
That’s a lot of devices huh?
This is a pretty darn cool addition to the 60,000 smart home devices! I need one!
I’ve lost track of the number of ways people have found to make PCBs by this point!
This add-on brings the potential for building AI-at-the-Edge applications on a Raspberry Pi!
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.
All About Circuits looks at what solder bridges are and how to avoid them.
Free, open-source, LoRaWAN-focused educational tools for IoT development!
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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