Happy New Year! This week, our emerging tech inspirations for 2016 were revealed (yay!), Asus will soon have a phone with both Google Tango and Daydream, we had a fascinating look at how deep learning might affect the future of design, we had two very cool smart earpieces and police looked at using an Amazon Echo to help with a murder investigation.
I’m giving the team at Nexgen Codecamp a hand and helping run their robotics course on the 17th January in Ultimo. Got kids who want to learn Arduino? Sign em up!
Dev Diner readers nominated their inspirations for 2016 — here are their unsung heroes in VR/AR for the year gone by! There’s A LOT of them, we had plenty of VR/AR nominations!
A really well thought out guide to storytelling in virtual reality!
DIY VR hand controls that go beyond the typical HTC Vive controllers using Arduino and Leap Motion!
Ooo… 2017 brings us some of the Microsoft VR headsets!
It looks like Oculus is getting into eye tracking like Fove and other headsets.
I wish it showed more detail of his artwork in the video but it’s pretty neat!
TPCAST has a new rival! We’ll have more next week after CES!
There’s another exciting VR announcement we might have from CES 2017!
One of those VR news articles I love to see. Great use of VR here.
Oh wonderful! We have official…ish definitions for those terms now! Luckily, the definitions are the same as the ones I gave last year (phew!).
Super neat! It has BOTH Google Tango and Daydream support!
What was intended to be used for holographic storage has found a new purpose!
It’s an interesting idea and its available for iOS.
A review of “Air Hogs Connect: AR Mission Drone”, an AR game complete with drone!
Fitbit has still been a gift item of choice.
Shoes with flexible LED screens! I need a pair!
A hearing aid that uses a smart sound algorithm and Bluetooth.
Wearers can speak different languages but still clearly understand each other.
The key flaw one man sees in the Apple Watch design.
Just like the VR/AR nominations above — here are the unsung heroes in IoT and AI for 2016 as nominated by Dev Diner readers!
Apple is doing some cool stuff!
Is this a sign of what future architecture and design will look like?
It has far less humans involved than it does today.
Now this is pretty cool. The future is here everyone.
AI systems will need to have some sort of accountability in 2017. It’ll be interesting to see how we reach that.
Is the Amazon Echo always listening? How does it work? Does it store its recordings? If so, can you delete them? Does it really only send audio to Amazon after hearing the wake word? Here’s a detailed look.
Mentioned in the article above — Police apparently were able to get account details and retrieve some data. No wiretapping or anything mentioned yet though.
Outside the US or UK? You can now update your Echo’s time zone with two simple dropdowns! Here’s how. I hope it’s the first step of them releasing it beyond the US and UK in 2017!
This video is from 2016 but I just came across it. So upsetting to see… Jaycar ripped off the Freetronics Experimenters Kit for Arduino that they used to sell and were selling their own version. Luckily, they pulled back on it after a petition and took it off shelves. Such a surprising story.
An overview of how this guy put together his very own smart mirror — you could do the same with these details!
Target Open House in San Fran is getting an update!
Kickstarter backers are really unhappy after paying money for an “18-month study”.
These look very handy. They’re thinner and more convenient!
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