This week, AWE 2017 brought a whole lot of exciting AR news, including Meta’s new AR Workspace operating environment! Apple announced their own news at WWDC, now supporting VR on the Mac, AR on iOS and bringing out their own Amazon Echo-style speaker. So much happening!
Here are the emerging tech highlights we managed to find at CeBIT Australia 2017! Everything from robots to VR/AR… even floating heads! We had a lot of fun putting this video together!
It will be released for all Firefox users by default on August 8th!
Apple announced a new external GPU to power VR on Macs. It’s kinda… large, bulky and ridiculous looking to me.
Steam, Unity and Unreal Engine will soon support bringing VR to the Mac. SteamVR has a Mac Beta available right now! This is good news at least for those who didn’t want to switch to Windows to do VR dev, despite the huge GPU mentioned above.
Valve made headlines today when Apple revealed the companies were working together to bring virtual reality and SteamVR to Mac computers, but the PC gaming company also quietly revealed some big changes to the way its VR system and devices like the HTC Vive work.
Reports of damaged Vive HMDs are popping up online — at least two reviewers reported broken strap mounts.
Evolving tech and VR are finally making 3D audio a reality.
The team at Wareable did a review of the latest Gear VR.
Wondering where HTC Vive see VR going? This was an interesting chat.
It does come with compromises in field of view at the moment though.
If you’re wondering what he’s up to now, this is it!
Meta unveiled a new operating environment for augmented reality at AWE 2017 called Meta Workspace, its approach to an AR operating environment for day to day use. It won the Auggie Award Best-in-Show – AR category.
Congrats Zappar team! This post talks about their ZapBox AR Google Cardboard-style headset launch too which happened at AWE 2017 too!
It will be part of iOS 11 and can do some cool things like dynamic lighting!
Here’s an example of Apple’s AR tech. Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, also showed an AR demo built using Unreal.
Pokemon Go will be getting an update that uses ARKit on iOS.
“The spectacles have been delayed until 2018 or 2019, and a 65% chance exists that ‘Project Mirrorshades’ is cancelled altogether”
The $30 Aryzon AR kit could be a cheaper alternative to AR and is available to pre-order on Kickstarter right now! It is an alternative approach to Zappar’s ZapBox solution to the same idea.
A new AR headset range that has less of a field of view but could be handy!
Wondering about your pre-order? Here’s an update on the current Meta 2 shipping status and a look at the challenges they’ve faced and resolved.
Wareable have a good summary of interesting things they saw at AWE2017.
Wearables are growing in popularity but it’s not helping Fitbit just yet.
It’s not all bad news though — Fitbit sponsored a study that it says proves its fitness wearables can accurately track different stages of sleep.
The Apple Watch also is getting Toy Story watchfaces too by the way.
Don’t want to have a smartwatch but want the smarts?
Various experts on the future of AI. Thoughts are mixed!
The mixed predictions continue! It’s going to be a very different world soon.
Handy advice that I can see being valuable soon. You know. In that aforementioned world above.
A world in which this AI can analyse facial expressions to determine emotions.
One of the most underrated announcements at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Monday was the company’s unveiling of Core ML, a programming framework designed to make it easier to run machine learning models on the company’s mobile devices.
This AI predicted patient mortality 69% of the time looking at CT scans.
So many great possibilities here around cardiac illness and AI.
Apple used deep learning to create a more natural & expressive voice for Siri, it’ll also be a bit more context aware in relation to your calendar and can translate things for you.
It’s available to use right here.
Pre-orders for the new Collector’s Edition Cozmo robot have begun.
Buzzfeed looks at the voice assistant space.
Amazon Echo-like devices aren’t easy for people with speech impairments.
Could be handy for devs building AI!
EORA 3D have built an inexpensive smartphone-based portable 3D scanner!
Essential Home can be activated with a question, a tap, or even a “glance”.
We expected Apple’s attempt in this space to do well in terms of audio quality and this Engadget review says it makes the Echo sound like AM radio. VentureBeat have more details on the extra smarts that Siri is gaining.
Swipe, tap or flick your wrist to control your Raspberry Pi with a range of 3D tracking and gesture boards!
Nest now has a security camera in its line up.
A lot of very good lessons in this piece!
Got a guitar and need a stompbox? Why not make your own?
The Guardian assesses our IoT future.
Learn to build for the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack & more!