This week, Google’s AlphaGo defeated its mere mortal Go opponents so well that it has now retired, one guy showed off Doctor Octopus-style robot arms that he controls with his feet and Tim Cook has been testing out a wearable glucose monitor that just might be an upcoming Apple Watch product.
I spoke with Greg Williams, executive editor of WIRED magazine, at CeBIT last week. We discussed the future of tech and his thoughts on where developers should focus their efforts. It was a broad interview so doesn’t quite fit into any particular category below.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will soon support Daydream. Here’s a really in depth look at why Google’s latest moves are good ones.
It turns out there’s a lot of wireless VR options for the Vive in development!
It is a dev kit that you can request from Tobii themselves if interested!
v1.15 provides true room-scale tracking but needs three motion sensors.
I spoke with Equal Reality on using virtual reality to help reduce unconscious bias a few months ago. Their app is now available to try on Viveport!
Overwhelmed by all the companies in Australia? Here’s a company map by Patricia Haueiss to help you out!
A fascinating discussion around bringing RTS games into VR.
The “HTC Link” is strangely only being released in Japan.
A new post guiding you into getting into AR/VR with Unity.
“What does it mean for VR to have a sense of realism?”
This game looks pretty fun! Pick up tiny criminals and throw em in jail!
I spoke with Daniel Newman at CeBIT last week, he shared his thoughts on mixed reality & entering emerging tech the right way in this video interview.
How Microsoft’s bet on mixed reality creates new opportunities for developers.
This tech will be recording everything you see, do and say after all.
Engadget say “the second Google Tango phone is the first one worth owning.”
It may help staff detect passenger emotions, meal preferences and more.
It uses AR and AI in a neat way to help basketballers, baseballers and golfers!
It aims to give soldiers “situational awareness”.
AWE2017 starts on the 31st May and the press conference roster could give some hints at which companies have big things to talk about. Next week’s newsletter should have a lot in this section!
Kayla Heffernan gave us a fascinating look into a world of people who choose to insert tech inside themselves rather than just wear it!
It’s likely that Apple is testing a glucose tracker for the Apple Watch. If they manage to release this, it would be life-changing for so many people.
It detects electrical activity in the brain to cause the hand to open and close.
AI just might get to the point where we’ll need this earpiece soon.
It has a built-in camera and a secondary display on the wristband.
I’m wearing a new pair of “Here One” smart headphones now and I think hearables are definitely going to spread fast.
That revamped AlphaGo I mentioned last week that defeated the world number one? It won the whole series. It also beat a team of 5 leading Go players singlehandedly. Then retired. What a week.
If you haven’t seen this AI baby yet, you totally should check it out.
Good design is going to be essential for good AI systems. Worth a read!
This episode of the series look at emotion recognition by AI. Fascinating!
This robot chooses the best way to grab new objects based on its knowledge of other objects it has been taught before.
So they can handle AI and other heavy-duty parallel processing tasks.
ARM are looking to keep up with AI demand too. Their new DynamIQ processor is likely to appear in smartphones by next year.
A more business focused look at the potential of the upcoming chatbot future.
It is only a matter of time right?
“The move to drones and autonomous vehicles is urgent for Japan, because its workforce has shrunk dramatically enough to force companies to start scaling back operations.”
A personal gym assistant that sounds handy for Virgin Active members.
Developers can now build and publish applets for others to use.
Particle and Google Maps can now be used to find the location of Particle devices without additional hardware!
For those following the newsletter from other disciplines, this could be handy.
There were some incredible inventions put together by the Maker scene and on show at the Maker Faire! Here’s a photo recap.
I can see these becoming a pretty big trend soon, they’re launching a Kickstarter campaign mid-July 2017.
Will the emergence of notifications on these devices help us or move us further into always connected lives?
Want to catch up on the Samsung IoT ecosystem? Scan through these.
A summary of a panel discussion at IoT World 2017.
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!