In the final week of 2016, a whole bunch of new people got to experience VR for the first time in their Christmas gifts (we have video footage!), the Meta 2 developer kit began shipping, Pokemon Go arrived on the Apple Watch, Mark Zuckerberg revealed his home AI system, Jarvis, and lots more!
I’m running end of year nominations for people in emerging tech who have inspired us and done great things. If you’ve been inspired by someone working in VR, AR, the IoT, wearables, AI or robotics, please nominate them this week and share some kind words!
I’ve had a look at all four tools and looked at the pros and cons of each.
A super neat graphical VR interface for changing variables within WebVR!
One more browser with better WebVR support! Hooray!
Filming virtual worlds in ways that would previously be super expensive!
The Wall Street Journal had a look at what it’s like watching the NBA in VR.
So good! UploadVR tested the wireless kit with somersaults and everything.
A good read for those wondering about how much to charge as a VR developer and for those who are wondering how much devs should charge.
Here’s all you’d need to know to get started!
A customisable menu interface for VR apps in Leap Motion.
Here’s a wonderful collection of people responding to their new VR headsets this holiday season!
Have you left VR with a sense that maybe this world isn’t real either?
Yep. It’s shipping out now! Here is why I believe this is going to be great for AR developers. Lots of excitement within me this week!
UploadVR talk to companies in the AR space who aren’t Magic Leap.
It’s a Kickstarter for a cheaper mixed reality headset idea.
A sign that they’re moving even more into an AR future!
Six of my favourite examples of awe-inspiring things people have managed to hack together on their smartwatches.
It logs your gameplay as workouts, notifies you about nearby Pokemon and Pokestops and a bunch of other things.
Some really good tips here if you want to make smart wearables or clothing.
A tiny bit of good news amongst a lot of struggles at Jawbone.
Eyewear company Safilo are looking to make more subtle smart glasses that assess your mood.
Pebble.js has now been published as a Pebble Package so they can be converted to standard Pebble C projects.
A voice controlled future is more complex than many imagine. Here’s why.
It just might be the best AI voice so far. Take that Siri.
Here’s Mark’s post with more details on how he put together Jarvis.
A nice look at building a chatbot for platforms like Facebook Messenger.
Jessi Hempel on why she thinks Alexa just might dominate voice in 2017.
It’s basically AI documenting things along the way. Nice concept.
It apparently describes a technique for improving the recognition of images using computer-generated images rather than real-world images.
I’m not sure how to explain this, it’s like a modular snake robot thing?
That winner? Nvidia.
The new revamped Linux build for Raspberry Pi, PIXEL, can be mounted onto a USB drive and run on an old x86 PC or Mac computer! Here’s how.
Stacey Higginbotham looks at how you can bring in smart lights to your Google Home-powered house!
One maker put together a way to open their garage door with IFTTT and Alexa. Super neat.
Connect up your WeMo lights to Google Home using IFTTT.
A speech-language pathologist explains why.
The Register takes a good look at Google’s approach to the IoT.
In the Asia-Pacific? You could win $5-10k in this online hackathon!
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