This week, we had robots galore from CES (robot cat, robot ball, robot yoga instructor… and more!), more headsets announced from Pimax, a DIY augmented reality browser made in Unity and so much more! What a start to the year!
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Pimax reveals a new lineup of SIX VR headsets — the cheapest of which is under $500.
Researchers have found that VR may interfere with visual memory rather than help with effective learning.
These VR goggles are pretty fascinating, here’s VR Focus’ thoughts on them.
“At-home location-based entertainment finally arrives with this standalone competitive experience”.
The price reduction includes both kits.
Let 2020 be your year of lots of neat VR experiences!
At CES 2020 this week, VRgineers announced a new version of its XTAL high-end headset for enterprise priced at $7,890, including business grade support.
“A recent study assessed how some common virtual reality movements contribute to muscle strain and discomfort”.
A new batch of legal filings have emerged in the first two weeks of 2020 leading to the companies going into mediation for now.
Really neat use of Instagram AR filter in the real world!
A lot of people think Pokémon Go had its peak ages ago, but 2019 brought it a whole lot of revenue!
“As the script of a play is nothing without the successful execution on stage, an immersive AR experience idea is nothing without careful direction”.
This developer put it all together in Unity — this is a really nice and thorough look at the process they went through!
TechCrunch on AR in 2019 — “Even when Apple telegraphs its hardware strategy, it’s proving to be nearly impossible for startups to beat them”.
It sounds like they had a parts shortage that is solved!
“The distinction between actual AI and fake or algorithmic alternatives is important, but marketers are blurring the lines in ways that everyone may regret”.
This is incredible. “They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal […] It’s a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism.”
“Essentially the research team taught the AI to unpack mathematical equations much in the same way that we do for complex phrases”.
This is worth considering whenever you’re designing for conversational AI.
An AI system that detects positive comments about disenfranchised groups in online posts sounds like a nice idea.
The AI system uses satellite images and reportedly outperforms traditional models, even at this early stage.
This is invaluable and could improve so many lives.
Curious — “researchers have delivered, with a new theoretical framework for building neural networks that can learn patterns on any kind of geometric surface”
Being able to run machine learning on a microcontroller means so much of our devices are going to be able to REALLY become smart devices in the coming years.
An autonomous robot cat you can program further yourself — it’s on Kickstarter right now for US$699 and they claim it’ll be shipping from March. It runs on a quad-core Raspberry Pi!
If cats aren’t your thing, you could get a robot ball — or get both and get them to play together!
Or do some yoga with this robot instead.
2020 — the year robots seem to start doing absolutely anything.
“A court in Shenzhen, China, has ruled that an article produced by AI is protected by copyright, representing a notable milestone for AI as a creative force”.
Now that’s a headline for 2020.
“As restrictions intensify, it will become more difficult for American companies to maintain labs in the talent-rich country”.
“Intel researchers recently investigated whether a machine learning model could be used to identify peoples’ facial features in thermal imagery”.
Using robots for the tough decisions.
Instant 3D capture with machine learning algorithms sounds pretty darn handy.
There are a whole lot of smartwatches and fitness trackers being used right now.
Wareable look at what a pulse oximeter is and why is it a big deal for wearable tech.
A look at how to keep your ESP8266 going for a whole long time!
“The ability to get professionally manufactured PCBs, at least small ones, for dirt cheap has had a huge impact on the sort of projects we see”.
A nice reminder that it can be fun to make PCBs!
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