This week, Google announced their Daydream view headset and Google Home devices, they also open-sourced a toolkit for people to interpret Tilt Brush files (seriously cool!), Arduino has reunited and we’re taking on lionfish using killer robots!

Lionfish, Tilt Brush and Daydream VR

Robots are coming for you lionfish. Seriously.

Virtual Reality

How virtual reality is revolutionizing clinical therapy and treatment rehabilitation

Yet another great example of using virtual reality for some groundbreaking advances.

Google’s “Daydream View” VR headset is smartphone-powered VR for $79

Google’s Daydream VR headset was announced today! Most articles on the web don’t seem to explain much. This one by Ars Technica covers the most. Also, if you pre-order their new Pixel phone, you might be able to get a free headset.

Google’s Daydream VR platform opens up to developers

The Google VR SDK 1.0 with Daydream support is now available on the Daydream developer site too, so get experimenting guys and gals!

Google Open Sources ‘Tilt Brush’ Toolkit For Developers To Use

It is a set of scripts that people can download for free on GitHub that allow developers and creators to interpret .tilt files. Things are gonna get super cool, super fast.

Orbit 360: A better way to take spherical panoramas

A pretty neat device that allows you to take spherical panoramas on your smartphone! They also have super compact (and cheap!) Google Cardboard style viewers.

IAB report on the future of VR

An interesting report on the future of virtual reality from IAB, a variety of findings that might be handy to know!

Grimdraken’s HTC Vive – The Brookhaven Experiment

This Vive Twitch replay was pointed out to me by Mikkel, only really visible briefly but the Vive owner has constructed a fancy rig to handle his Vive cord!

Gear VR owners will be playing with Xbox wireless controllers soon

Xbox’s new wireless controller will be compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR, the first game it’ll be compatible with — Minecraft: Gear VR Edition.

Upcoming W3C workshop on webVR

On October 19-20, the W3C will be hosting a W3C Workshop on WebVR in California. If you’re in the field and around the area, come along! I wish I could be

Augmented and Mixed Reality

Google: the Pokemon Go server issues were unavoidable

Luke Stone, the director of Google’s Customer Reliability Engineering team, wrote a blog about keeping Pokemon Go’s servers running.

Is the iPhone 7 Plus Apple’s first step to augmented reality? Not likely.

Fast Company say the dual cameras were most likely meant only to create better photographs, not detect 3D content for AR apps.

The future of protest involves light, holograms and augmented reality

I guess that’s a better option right?

Wearables

Jawbone plays down report claiming company is in big trouble

Hard to tell right now whether they’re trying to avoid bad news making things worse or whether their difficulties are being overblown.

Android Wear 2.0: Ultimate guide to the major smartwatch update

It’s coming next year, here’s a look at what it’ll include.

Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics

The skryf robots write temporal poetry with sand

These “Skryf robots” by write poetry with sand that fades away shortly after.

Deep-diving robots zap, kill invasive lionfish

The company that makes Roomba vacuums, iRobot, has gone in a totally new direction — they’re now creating a robot to target and kill invasive lionfish.

Google’s Project Loon’s balloons are about to get an AI master

Google thinks artificial intelligence is up to the task of flying its internet-delivering balloons through the stratosphere.

Apple acquires TupleJump to boost machine learning credentials

Apple is expanding their efforts to get solid artificial intelligence resources into their organisation by acquiring TupleJump.

Will Google’s answer to Siri lodge in our brains the way its search box did?

Google’s Assistant could make search more useful but disrupt the company’s business model. It’ll be fascinating to see how they’ll adapt… they’re going to figure that bit out later.

Forget virtual assistants, Asteria wants to be your AI friend

Asteria is a hardware and software platform for AI with an early dev kit available for pre-order! Pre-orders will get early access to the Asteria platform and will be one of the first in their Collectors program.

A robot that sews could take the sweat out of sweatshops

Some clothing makers are hoping to end the massive parts of garment-making process that are done by hand by bringing in robots!

Amazon’s $2.5M ‘Alexa Prize’ seeks chatbot that can converse intelligently for 20 minutes

Build a socialbot on Alexa that can have an intelligent conversation about pop culture and news events and win the big prize!

Internet of Things

How to design an effective mobile network connected IoT service

Filip Zalio from Hydrix will be speaking at YOW! Connected today about designing an IoT service effectively, so I got in early to find his tips!

9 things Google Home can do that Alexa can’t

A look at how the officially announced Google competitor to the Echo is different. Not up to speed on what the Google Home is at all? Here’s a thorough guide.

Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers

The ESLOV IoT Invention Kit is an official Arduino product that adds Internet of Things capabilities to your hardware products in a nice, modular way.

Two Arduinos become one

Two Arduino groups become one once again! They’ve resolved their differences and will ease the confusion. Phew. If you missed the drama, never mind!

STEMTera Breadboard – Arduino compatible built-in breadboard

This is a super cool looking breadboard with an built-in Arduino-compatible inside! No need for messy cables connecting your Arduino to your breadboard… nice and simple! It’s compatible with Arduino shields, LEGO® bricks and native USB support.

The security tsunami of the Internet of Things is coming, are you ready?

TechRepublic discussed the “tug of war between convenience and privacy” in IoT and its associated security concerns.

What makes IoT ransomware a different and more dangerous threat?

Ransomware is a pretty big deal these days. Here’s a look at ransomware in the Internet of Things… yikes.

London gets a dedicated IoT network

London just got its own dedicated IoT network, it’s now part of the LoRaWAN Things Network family!


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