This week, Make: magazine had to pause all operations (things are looking up though!), we’ve got crab robots finding microplastics in the ocean, a neat Arduino with brass bars in its circuitry, the Vive Pro Eye is now available in the US, and more!
Professional-grade VR eye-tracking now available for US$1,599!
SkarredGhost has a video and accompanying article on how to get started with Quest dev.
Mozilla’s Hubs is now available on Quest — it’s all web based, so you just jump into the browser with no installation required!
Especially useful if you share your headset a lot or want to be able to clean it more frequently, putting a cover onto it means you can just clean the cover.
I had a look at the augmented reality headsets that really showcase the AR industry’s exciting potential right now for 2019. There are a whole lot of them and we’re not even halfway through the year!
“Unity announced that AR Foundation, its cross-platform framework for building AR mobile apps that are compatible with both ARKit and ARCore, now supports ARKit 3”.
They’ve got a nice list of location-based AR games and there were even a few in here that I hadn’t heard of!
This is what will make AR even more enticing for the community to get onboard with!
Sketchfab is Magic Leap’s first WebXR partner (a feature found in Magic Leap’s Lumin OS 0.96).
The latest features in ARKit 3 are only available on newer devices.
They have “an AR experience designed to raise awareness about the plight of endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda”.
TensorFlow.Text is a new library for training language understanding AI.
It’s always so curious to hear voice clones, Bill is the latest one to emerge.
This new crab robot is “designed to sample the waters looking for microplastics polluting the ocean” — we need more robots like this.
“Radiologists improved their diagnoses of brain aneurysms with the help of an artificial intelligence algorithm developed by medical experts and computer scientists”.
“Using less than $8 and 13 hours of training time, researchers from the United Nations were able to develop a program that could craft realistic-seeming speeches for the United Nations’ General Assembly”.
A really fascinating approach but it makes a lot of sense.
Workers “hadn’t expected this strange middle period, during which they’d have to work alongside brittle, clumsy and easily confused machines”.
It’ll be able to go back and forth continuing to listen for follow up similar to what Google Assistant has been doing for a while now.
StyleSnap uses machine learning to find similar clothes and styles to ones you spot in real life.
“With this new approach, Alexa will predict a customer’s latent goal from the direction of the dialog and proactively enable the conversation flow across topics and skills”
Really sad news — the company behind MAKE: magazine and Maker Faires had to lay off its entire staff of 22 and pause all operations. In positive news — there has been an outpouring of support from the community and Maker Faires will continue now as planned, with discussions on how to keep things going.
Each wheel also contains a series of sub-rollers positioned at 45° to the main axis of rotation so it can slide in any direction without needing to turn!
It’s looking like it’ll be released around August.
From sensors to wireless platforms, here’s how far the IoT has crept into the modern smart home in this roundup from All About Circuits.
“Instead of the traditional fiberglass, Jiří Praus formed brass bars into the circuitry and held it together with solder” — it looks really neat!
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!