This week, we’ve got Snoop Dogg in AR, the Blocks smartwatch startup is sadly shutting down, we’ve got a robot dog with a pretty neat looking 3D printed head, Meta lost their lawsuit and we’re still hearing about more contractors listening to audio recordings — this time focused on Facebook and Microsoft.
If you’re a fan of Westworld, you just might be able to live it… only virtually. For now.
A really neat look at using social VR to get in shape, it’s not the usual “I played Beat Saber every day for a month” sort of story.
No Man’s Sky: Beyond has VR support and had a lot of people in my VR circles super excited.
I like this quote: “Trying to explain what makes VR special is like talking about TV through a radio, and recent improvements are defying screenshots and easy description”.
Mr SkarredGhost himself gives some advice on how to have the right VR entrepreneur mentality.
Space Pirate Trainer is receiving a multiplayer spin-off that will need about a tennis court size space to play.
He was the last of Oculus’ original founders to leave Facebook.
“Inducing restfulness via kaleidoscopic visuals and ambient music”.
Genedics wins against Meta Company and its founder Meron Gribetz, they can no longer sell Meta 2 or anything with their patent claims within it. It’s not clear yet how the new owners of the company will approach things from here yet.
The Glow smartglasses will be on Kickstarter later this week and are similar in form factor to Nreal Light. I like their business name “Mad Gaze”.
It looks like 2019/2020 is going to give you plenty of options for AR glasses.
Point Snapchat’s camera at his latest album cover and he’ll appear!
It’s a really cool concept that’ll be pretty cool if people use it day to day!
YouTube’s official virtual makeup experience announced earlier this year is now out in action on the channel of makeup artist, Roxette Arisa.
Spark AR’s Instagram compatibility is now open for all to try out — previously you could only build for Facebook camera unless you had been accepted into the closed beta.
With Instagram’s dominance, the above story might be good incentive for some of you to become the Instagram versions of these Snapchat AR creators making thousands of dollars.
Spectacles 3 has a pair of temple-mounted cameras that can capture 3D images and video — and it will have AR filters built specifically for this format.
DIY smart glasses that can detect what you’re looking at.
This new film apparently wants to tap into a bit of fear over augmented reality.
They were hoping to find investors to keep things going but no luck. Many who are still waiting on their smartwatch will receive “proof of debt” forms. Really sad news as another ambitious startup needs to put in the towel.
The human contractor drama continues — here’s what happens on the Microsoft side of things.
Facebook are also being looked at now for human review of user recordings for their audio transcription service.
Slate has an article on the very drama that is recording private conversations to train up AI.
This guy studied machine learning every day for 9 months and got a job, so he wants to show you how he did it.
“Google’s novel hand tracking framework can run on virtually any device, including mobile phones”.
A closer look at machine learning and edge computing performance for those curious about the hardware options.
“Many computer chips are smaller than your fingernail. Cerebras’ new chip for AI systems is bigger than a standard iPad”.
Training robots to put together their own tools if the ones they need aren’t available.
“Astro is the only quadruped robot with a head—3D-printed to resemble a Doberman pinscher”.
“The startup’s technology actually blurs out all human faces in frame, only relying on the other physical attributes of a person.”
“A consortium of AI researchers from Facebook, NYU, and Google’s DeepMind have created SuperGLUE, a benchmark for more nuanced, complex conversational AI”.
Nvidia’s GPU-powered platform for developing and running conversational AI that understands and responds to natural language requests has achieved some key milestones and broken some records that have big implications for anyone building on their tech — which includes companies large an…
It’s a tiny PCB robot! Hard to explain, you kinda have to see the video.
Very good points made that show there’s still a while to go in the smart home space. My favourite quote about voice-powered smart home tech right now — “Like a switch, but with your mouth”.
There’s a whole new series of possibilities now to link Alexa with smart gadgets and devices so it can work with them in real time. This will be very very useful!
Bringing voice into the car even more is an inevitable step into our voice assistant future — this Medium post has some tips for you.
Engadget partnered with Wirecutter to look into smart home sensors that work with Alexa.
Digital eyeballs for your next project right here.
All About Circuits had a post summarising what went down at the security conference, DEF CON. Always worrying what’s revealed at DEF CON…
I can see this becoming a bigger issue over time — people sending adversarial networks to you or organisations in a box.
A Hackster project that uses an Arduino Nano 33 with sensors to monitor the weather and automatically water your plants.
This team put together the world’s smallest Arduino compatible board named Atto.
You can now order PCBs directly through Patchr.
All About Circuits explains how a ground plane reduces noise in a PCB.
Stabilise your Raspberry Pi camera with this approach!
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