This week, we have an upcoming release for AltspaceVR on Oculus Quest, DIY smart glasses inspired by the latest Spiderman movie, a new Nintendo VR patent, high res AR headsets for search-and-rescue and AR-hopes for the looming Apple event.

A DIY pair of E.D.I.T.H. smart glasses, a new Nintendo VR patent, a high res AR headset concept

A DIY pair of E.D.I.T.H. smart glasses, a new Nintendo VR patent, a high res AR headset concept and more!

Virtual Reality

New patent filing reportedly indicates new Nintendo Switch VR headset

It looks like they’re considering making a plastic version of the Labo VR headset.

My peek inside a secret VR headset shows a more social virtual reality

Former HTC CEO Peter Chou is working on a social VR platform coming next year.

Facebook ‘evaluating options’ for out-of-warranty Rift CV1 cables

“Owners of the original Oculus Rift CV1 worry they won’t be able to get replacement parts now that Facebook has discontinued it”.

AltspaceVR announces September 12th Oculus Quest launch

Exciting news! AltspaceVR will be on the Quest very soon!


Augmented Reality

iOS 13 code suggests Apple testing AR headset with “Starboard” mode, “Garta” codename, and more [updated]

There are hopes that the Apple event on 11th September will reveal details about their AR headset (it’s possible, I’m hoping they will, but it is very unlikely!).

Apple’s rose chip will reportedly supercharge motion and position tracking

The rumour is that it will add sophisticated tracking of the device’s current position and inertial data that could be used for AR and other things.

Why aren’t brands using Google’s augmented reality wrapper?

Mike Cadouxi from Qreal on the underused AR wrapper from Google.

Augmented reality, via Google and Apple, will be the biggest star of 5G

“5G makes AR more immersive. Graphics are faster and more spectacular. Lower latency dramatically improves game play.”

Lenovo expands Mirage AR headset beyond Star Wars with Marvel’s Dimension of Heroes

Dimension of Heroes is a new mobile app for iOS and Android that works with the Mirage AR headset that used to have mainly that Star Wars experience.

Semantic placement in augmented reality using MrEd

MozVR look at how we can think about the placement of objects in AR.

“Iron Man”-like helmet has augmented reality to aid search-and-rescue teams

I’m cool with having one of these and running around rescuing cats from trees. It is my new calling.

Apple’s ARKit3.0 just made AR actually useful (for us)

A look at some of the changes in the new ARKit.

Augmented reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

AR is apparently coming to a mature state “because it is useful for businesses”. I feel like that could be a bit premature?


Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

Creating a data set and a challenge for deepfakes

Facebook, Microsoft and a whole range of organisations have begun the Deepfake Detection Challenge.

How to build artificial intelligence we can trust

This NY Times opinion piece says “Computer systems need to understand time, space and causality. Right now they don’t”.

New York City mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio wants a robot tax

The goal is for “a work-filled future” for Americans — it’s curious to see AI becoming a consideration for more and more politicians.

AI generates Let’s Play commentary from videos

Who needs PewDiePie when you can have AI commentating on gameplay instead, right?

New AI software developed for facial recognition of chimpanzees in the wild

They’ve used AI to look through hours and hours of video (14 years worth) to be able to track and identify chimpanzees.

Coming soon to a battlefield: robots that can kill

“Tomorrow’s wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare”.

Focos 2.0 uses AI to add portrait-mode effects to any photo

This AI can let you control depth of field with a single-lens camera.

Empath’s AI detects emotion from your voice

“Japanese startup Empath is developing AI that can suss out a person’s emotion from their intonations”.

Apple researchers improve Siri’s ability to match commands with domains

New domain classification may help Siri work out what your intent is much more accurately soon.

A pair of AI-powered E.D.I.T.H smart glasses you can make yourself

Inspired by the movie “Spider-Man: Far from Home”, this DIY pair of glasses looks kinda cool as a prototype — just note it needs a laptop to run!

Google open-sources datasets for AI assistants with human-level understanding

“Google open-sourced the Coached Conversational Preference Elicitation and Taskmaster-1 datasets to model natural language systems”.

Artificial intelligence approaches may improve diagnostics of kidney disease

“In two different studies, researchers used machine learning algorithms to classify kidney biopsy samples and found substantial agreement with standard classification by pathologists”.

Google launches TensorFlow machine learning framework for graphical data

“Google’s Neural Structured Learning is an open source framework that works with TensorFlow to train neural networks with graphical data”.

“Alexa, roll down the windows!” Inside Amazon’s quest to get in your car

Amazon has a longer term plan to get into your car that goes beyond just the Echo Auto.

How I’m using AI to write my next novel

One author is using AI to supplement his process, rather than being fearful of it.


Internet of Things and Makers

Can you really use the Raspberry Pi 4 as a desktop machine?

The Pi 4 is indeed faster and has more HDMI ports…

Reviving a vintage pinball machine with an Arduino

This looks like it would be a lot of fun!

Google is a bald-faced IoT liar and its Nest pants are on fire

ZDNet not holding anything back here.

Common PCB stackups for a four-layer board

All About Circuits looks at the common options for a four-layer PCB board stackup.

Major causes of high temperatures on PCBs

They also looked at the major causes of high temperatures on PCBs that cause failure and damage to the board.


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