This week has more augmented reality news than ever before, which is a great sign for 2017! We had a Magic Leap R&D test rig photo leaked, a look at a Magic Leap AR shopping patent, multiple demos of new ways to share HoloLens experiences and so much more! Oh, and Beyonce tried Magic Leap and thought it was boring.
The Immotionar guys are doing inspiring and incredibly ambitious work!
Mikayla Gowaty looks at a really interesting concept in this Dev Diner piece on monetising your VR apps with interactive product placements.
A-Frame v0.5.0 is out and has a new text component! Hooray!
Share what you’re up to throughout that week!
More signs that education is going to work wonders in VR.
Marionettes in VR are incredibly entertaining and this article on them was really entertaining!
A really fascinating look at the process involved in creating a VR companion called “Yep”.
Templates for sketching out VR ideas! Worth a download for sure!
Friend of Dev Diner, Eva Hoerth, looks at how we can help social VR go down the right path.
A new version of the Google VR Unity SDK is out, here’s the release notes.
They took apart a Vive controller to get a better understanding of its tracking.
Now that’d be an experience!
The first public photo of a potential working prototype Magic Leap has of their tech. People were disappointed. But wait, there’s more…
Turns out it was just an “R&D test rig where [they] collect room/space data for [their] machine vision/machine learning work”.
A look at one of Magic Leap’s fascinating patents for mixed reality shopping.
While we all wait excitedly for a glimpse at the tech, Beyonce wasn’t sold.
Sharing reality between the Vive and Hololens is a good look at where the two areas of VR and AR are inevitably leading. This is fantastic!
A different sort of shared reality — the HoloLens and Surface Studio working together for 3D design!
Microsoft has provided a new toolkit for video capturing what is being shown inside a HoloLens. Here’s their official post for more info too.
A different sort of AR! It turns room objects into “virtual remote controls”.
A specifically designed pair of safety glasses with AR that were shown at CES. (Thanks to Landon for this one!)
Lots of investment happening in the space now which is great!
We’ve got two smartwatches from LG to introduce the new Wear 2.0 with more coming from other manufacturers this year.
Wareable had a positive review of one of the new Android Wear smartwatches.
A new and pretty innovative sounding wearable!
Just like in TV shows and movies, Google can enhance pixelated photos.
Pay people with a Slack bot!
It will have a new virtual assistant named Bixby that surprisingly isn’t using Viv, the AI tech they acquired last year. It is instead a relaunched version of the S Voice service.
An interesting look at how neural networks recognise traffic lights.
This is something that needs to be discussed and prepared for now by governments, corporations and society as a whole. As WIRED’s article says, “The rise of driverless cars and trucks is just a start. It’s not just blue-collar jobs that AI endangers.”
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The Amazon Tap will soon be able to listen for its name like the others!
Its connected devices joined a botnet with 5,000 discrete systems at the university making hundreds of DNS lookups every 15 minutes. Yikes.
Lots mentioned here, but the biggest revelation is that Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos says the Echo isn’t about raising Amazon online orders — “voice interface is only going to take you so far on shopping”.
They tracked a whole lot of viewing from their customers secretly!
A nice look at setting up a connected lighting system in a renovated startup office space!
A bunch of tech projects your kids could enjoy!
Remote control dog! Your mileage may vary. His test… didn’t quite work.