This week, we had a change to Facebook policy bringing Oculus user info into the realm of ad targeting, Oppo announced an AR headset, Samuel L. Jackson is finally on Alexa devices (in the US) and we had some cool VR experiences come out like “Where Thoughts Go”.
WebXR is the new standard for VR and AR on the web — and it’s really hitting its stride! Here’s a nice look at where things are at, including some useful tools for those getting into it.
Facebook’s policy changes mean that “Facebook will now use information about your Oculus activity, like which apps you use, to help provide more relevant content, including ads.” You can choose to opt-out though and not link your Facebook account.
CNet say that “virtual reality may be starting to grab people’s attention” thanks to the Quest. We’ve been saying that for a little while now!
In this VR experience, you record and share personal voice messages via orb-like audio creatures. It sounds really cool!
“Healium is a platform that uses virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearables like the Apple Watch to reduce anxiety”.
Oculus now has text chat but you have to have your Oculus ID linked to your Facebook account. That, however, means ads as per the first link above.
It has new game modes and a Green Day music pack — definitely riding high as a successful VR game!
These experiences (and a few bonus mentions!) all provide a bit of education amongst the VR experience.
You can now send tabs from your phone or computer straight to your VR headset using Firefox Reality!
There’s the potential for some cool creations to happen here!
Snapchat’s Lens Studio 2.3 gives creators the ability to customise materials and create realistic 3D masks.
This week’s Magic Leap Lumin OS update contained iris authentication, Twitch streaming and voice control of the interface.
“Oppo revealed that it will put the Snapdragon 865 and 765G chips in its next flagship mobile devices, just two days before Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon XR2 platform for AR headsets and smartglasses”.
AR and computer vision technology could positively impact athletics for children overcoming physical disabilities. Great to see!
The Intellivision Amico will include two touchscreen controllers and launch with around five retro games.
The US Justice Department are looking into the Google buyout due to concerns about Google getting all of Fitbit’s user health data.
Wearable technology can track all sorts of things!
When it comes to just wearable bands — their shipments “grew 65%, year over year for Q3”. Xiaomi tops the list, with “74% versus this time last year”.
Bloomberg had a thorough look at the history of the drama behind all of the voice assistant services’ listening to user recordings for training the system.
“Rob Thomas says that IBM is the only serious provider of big chunks of AI for enterprises and the company’s multi-cloud, neutral strategy is paying off”.
Here are five areas Venturebeat say “you should focus on to get your company’s AI initiatives soaring”.
You might not have noticed, but there is a pattern.
“Jeff Dean says the company is trying to build systems that have general smarts, rather than highly specialized intelligence”.
TechCrunch say that “successfully implementing AI to drive impactful decisions requires a diverse team with expertise in several skill sets”.
Alphabet’s DeepMind proposes a new technique that “safely” trains reinforcement learning models, so as to avoid undesirable states.
Here’s a guide for deploying Jovo voice apps on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant with CloudFormation.
It is a separate skill though, so you will need to say “Alexa, ask Samuel L. Jackson …”. You can’t change Alexa to be him permanently.
“The GO:PIANO’s Alexa voice control lets you tweak the sound without missing a note”.
“What if you could crowdsource the connectivity of smart sensors by offloading it to smartphones?”
It’s “a Smart Clock that can accept Alexa commands through other devices to set timers, much like its Amazon counterpart, but offers a more stylish package that could better fit in with your decor”.
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