This week, we had so much Oculus Quest news, including one bunch of developers who got multiplayer working! One robot can write in languages it’s never seen before and deep fake tech goes to the extreme working off a single image!

Oculus Quest multiplayer in action, robot writing hello and Mona Lisa animated with machine learning

An Oculus Quest multiplayer demo, smarter robots and Mona Lisa animated with machine learning!

 

Virtual Reality

Oculus Quest vs HTC Vive Focus Plus

The Ghost Howls blog has a comparison of the two standalone VR headsets.

Oculus Rift S guide: fixing tracking problems and blackouts

Some are experiencing tracking problems and other USB issues such as blackouts.

‘Moon Rider’ is a free Beat Saber alternative available via WebVR

Always great to see WebVR stepping up to new heights!

Superhot VR studio tested ‘larger’ levels for Oculus Quest port

They found it wasn’t a good idea.

A next-gen PlayStation VR could feature wireless, eye-tracking & better resolution Sony hints

The global head of R&D at PlayStation discussed the future of VR.

Oculus Quest battery pack extends battery life and improves comfort

The battery life is currently around 2.5 hours but it’s possible to extend it!

5 steps to play HTC Vive and Oculus Rift games wirelessly with Oculus Quest with ALVR

You’ll need a VR-ready PC and ALVR — and it won’t be perfect… but it’s possible.

Oculus Quest has a secret sideloading menu!

“It appears that the Oculus Quest has a secret menu with a sideloading update”.

What happens when you turn all games into VR games

A pretty reasonable look at what types of games work when brought into VR and what don’t.

Thrust Vector teases “shared-space” multiplayer on Oculus Quest

These developers used the Oculus Quest to create a location-based VR game inside their office!

Best Oculus Quest games, apps, and experiences to dive into first

A really good list of what to try if you’ve just got your own Oculus Quest headset.

 

Augmented Reality

Apple is in the top 3 in smartglasses… with no product

Apple ranked as the third most important smartglasses platform after Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap in a recent survey of AR/VR industry insiders.

Niantic’s view of the future of augmented reality

Ross Finman, head of AR at Niantic, spoke about the future of AR at GamesBeat Summit 2019.

Review: the HP Reverb VR headset is just shy of incredible

The latest Windows Mixed Reality headset gets pretty high praise from VR Scout.

 

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

Mona Lisa frown: machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

This AI can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face — which means we can even animate painings.

Is that a kid browsing? This company says its artificial intelligence can tell

Rather than ask if you’re a child, this AI can supposedly work it out.

A new way to build tiny neural networks could create powerful AI on your phone

“We’ve been wasting our processing power to train neural networks that are 10 times too big”

This crafty robot can write in languages it’s never seen before

“After training to hand-write Japanese characters, the robot could then copy words in Hindi, Greek, and English just by looking at examples”.

Will robots ever be better caretakers than humans?

There are a lot of robots on the way to help take care of us.

Alexa announcements feature now works on every Alexa-compatible device

Announcements will work on Amazon Fire TV Cube, Sonos speakers, Facebook’s Portal and others.

Google’s Duplex uses A.I. to mimic humans (sometimes)

About 25% of calls placed through Duplex start with a human and that about 15% of those that began with an automated system had a human intervene.

 

Internet of Things and Makers

Labrecon is a web-based graphical interface and IoT platform

It’s being crowdfunded on Kickstarter right now if you’re curious.

ESP8266 upgrade gives IKEA LEDs UDP superpowers

The IKEA LEDBERG RGB LED strip from IKEA isn’t perfect, but this gives it a bit more capabilities!

Chatterbox voice assistant knows to keep quiet for privacy

The Chatterbox smart speaker kit is aimed at teaching kids and looks pretty darn well thought out.

MakerPower Solar: an intelligent solar battery charger and power supply for IoT devices

This can charge up a 12V lead-acid battery using a solar panel.

 

 


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