This week, Pebble is reportedly close to being acquired by Fitbit (still to be confirmed later this week), one person found a way to get Alexa and Google Home to talk to each other in an infinite loop, Leap Motion is going into mobile VR with new hardware and neural networks were used to generated 3D models of faces from a single 2D photo!
Tomáš Mariančík, one of my favourite VR developers, spoke with me about his experience in VR development so far. Here are 7 tips from that conversation to help you get into VR dev too.
Leap Motion is going into mobile VR with a new platform and hardware with a larger field of view. Mashable has a great review.
The team at Leap Motion have begun a series exploring VR/AR design! Looking forward to it!
VR’s potential to move us beyond the typical reality and its impact on self-perception is fascinating!
A very positive review of the new Rift controllers by the Verge.
Now that both platforms can potentially do roomscale, which is better overall?
Wow. This is a pretty cool in progress project — a VR controlled suspension rig!
Looking for some reading this holiday season?
Think Google Cardboard but for mixed reality!
Interesting concept — create murals in mixed reality.
I liked this quote — “Mixed Reality isn’t just a new type of technology — it’s an entirely new plane of existence.”
We are all a tad worried hearing that Fitbit might discontinue Pebble’s range. Waiting on a statement from Pebble on this which is expected later this week!
This piece looks at both the marketing side of Spectacles and the potential for where Snapchat is leading things.
But Apple CEO, Tim Cook, says Apple Watch sales on track for best quarter ever.
Don’t expect a new Moto 360 smartwatch any time soon.
In a similar fashion to OpenAI, DeepMind have made their maze-like game training program available for all to use.
Google’s deep learning algorithm can diagnose diabetic retinopathy better than doctors can.
This will be great news for many Dev Diner readers (Comma One is a popular topic here!). George Hotz has just released the previously shut down free autonomous car software and may be reviving it by open-sourcing it.
Dynamically checking content in live video streams is a massive undertaking!
This is seriously incredible. They can generate a partial 3D model and texture of someone’s face from a single 2D photo.
They’ve acquired an AI company and are incorporating them into an AI division.
The VP of Amazon Alexa spoke about machine learning, chatbots and whether the industry is “strip-mining AI talent from academia”.
Yes. There is a way to get Alexa and Google Home talking to each other. Forever. And ever.
This one avoids sensitive topics to prevent a repeat of their more controversial chatbot, Tay.
Apple submitted a letter to NHTSA that suggests it’s interested in testing self-driving cars.
Perryn Fowler shares his experience using his analytics background to enter into a career in the IoT.
Some nice tips here for people still unsure about it all.
I love one quote from this one especially — “If we choose to embrace and encourage emergent systems in business, politics, and technology, we may end up unlocking more human potential and wealth than ever before in history.”
An interesting thought experiment on connected cities from the team at Sidewalk Labs (cofounded by Larry Page from Google). Fascinating (but long!) read.
A new competitor is entering the ring with Google Home and the Amazon Echo.
They are working closer with the companies who will have applets with them and hoping they’ll fund the service.
If you ever wondered how, here’s a tutorial on Hackster!
This DIY project uses two Photons to control your car windows from your phone and rolls them up once its dark. Smart!
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!