This week, co-founder & Oculus Rift creator, Palmer Luckey, left Oculus and Facebook! I’m still surprised at the news days later… Meanwhile, Samsung has new Gear VR, Gear 360 and smart home hub tech on the way and Volkswagen revealed an “autonomous pod” concept!
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Absolutely huge news… not even sure what to say here!
Oculus Home for Gear VR has had a big update that increased its resolution considerably… using only software — a new Oculus runtime system. Full tech details from John Carmack here in a Facebook post.
A transcript of Tony Parisi’s SVVR keynote asking some great questions like:
“What will happen when we can use VR and haptics to deliver messages straight to the hypothalamus — even implanting memories?”
So much potential around these Vive trackers, this is the latest and it’s great!
Samsung has new AR features in the S8, a new handheld Gear VR controller and a new Gear 360 camera on the way.
Might come in handy to use with that new Samsung Gear 360 camera!
An incredibly in-depth look at designing interactions for VR/AR!
The team behind the pet tracker VR creation mentioned in past newsletters have launched a Patreon to support their various efforts!
A neat solution for finding your wallet that goes beyond typical coordinates!
Devs can start making content for the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Development Edition headsets with this OS.
Apple is moving to make their own GPUs in just over a year and their current supplier isn’t happy.
Looks still like total rumour but… you never know. According to this report, it will “be tethered to a small pack that provides battery and processing power, to put in a pocket or attach to a belt”.
A look at the creation of an AR game with creatures made by the designer and animator of the original HoloChess scene from Star Wars!
We’ve seen some patents from companies looking at this approach before. It’s yet another example of the many forms available for AR.
Earlier this week, Android Wear 2.0 had a bug that delayed its release, there has since been a bugfix and it is being pushed out to more watches.
Their app, the quality of stats and suggestions, along with new heart-rate tracking, make it a viable option according to David Pogue.
Need to 3D print replacement Pebble Watch buttons? This might help!
They’re still kicking on and might be expanding their tech reach!
“Tempo is a wearable device that feeds time data to my skin through vibration patterns.” A very cool thesis project.
This is the sort of thing I really think we need a lot more of! Go GE!
Great piece by the New Yorker on using machine learning in diagnosis. This part especially fascinated me:
“they found that if they began with a neural network that had already been trained to recognize some unrelated feature (dogs versus cats, say) it learned faster and better”.
An interesting look at how AI is expanding into more professions.
They want the subscription revenue from apps and online services.
A look at what Volkswagen sees as the future of autonomous vehicles.
These sorts of issues are incredibly important to get right on conversational platforms and it looks like Siri isn’t doing too well just yet.
Well, that’s a lot sooner than I’d expected.
It also supports mesh networking which is super neat. CNET has details too.
Marriott hotels are looking into Siri and Alexa for smart hotel rooms.
A nice look at where our devices are headed. (Thanks to Antony for this one!)
An open-source voice recognition platform with an 8 microphone array.
A Pi computer that’s a bit like the old Sidekick phones.
A solar powered Wi-Fi development board based on STM32 and ESP32.
A technical review of the Pi Compute 3 module for those considering it.
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