Emerging tech had so many fascinating stories this week! We’ve got jaw-droppingly realistic video of Barack Obama generated by a neural network, a Star Wars AR headset, a robot throwing themselves into a fountain and Elon Musk warning that cutting-edge robots may soon kill people if not regulated.
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Their “Pacific” headset might launch in October for about $200 but won’t have positional tracking in its first generation.
The US$200 price cut is still going! After the sale, it’ll have a permanent $100 price cut and the Touch controllers will be bundled in.
A Google Cardboard headset to be exact! Such a good idea.
If true, this could be life changing for many people.
Been making some 3D models using Google’s new Blocks VR app? Here’s a YouTube video on how you can get those into Unity.
Researchers from Alibaba made a sonic gun that can drastically distort the experience in a targeted VR headset to potentially “nausea-inducing levels”.
This VR headset is the first to support both SteamVR and Daydream.
The actors can walk into a CGI scene to see other actors & virtual objects.
Engadget looks at Nintendo’s VR headset in their Tech Hunters video series.
Friend of Dev Diner, Peter Koch, on how to get started with ARKit and Unity.
Meta, my favourite AR headset company, had some very nice praise here!
It will use a Lenovo AR headset powered by a smartphone app.
Apple’s engineers are reportedly racing to get this into the next iPhone.
Fast Company say it’s all about control over the software and hardware. Bloomberg also say Apple’s billion devices give them an augmented reality edge over Google.
Waveguide-based optics for AR sounds kinda cool, it is “based on hologram physics and photonic crystals”.
If you’ve got a HoloLens, you’re gonna want to update!
It turns out a lot of those studies on fitness trackers aren’t too reliable.
Wareable look at what you can and can’t do with Android Wear on iOS.
Harvard’s Wyss Institute uses a simple layering method to make a durable, customizable flex sensor.
A bunch of people weigh in on where Fitbit should go with its app ecosystem.
It won’t last long term but sounds great as a short term health monitor.
I’ve put together a list of free resources to help you really delve into AI.
The end result of this neural network of Obama videos is incredible.
Over a thousand dollars in Twilio texting rates, that’s what.
You can train a machine learning model and integrate it with IFTTT!
Yep. Kinda creepy. (Thanks Antony for the link!)
This is super exciting!
A nice VentureBeat article reminding everyone that there are other valid solutions in AI that don’t involve deep learning.
It collects lionfish to save local fish in the area.
One fancy K5 high-tech robot appears to have ran itself into a fountain. I liked Engadget’s headline too — “DC security robot says everything is fine, throws itself into pool”.
This article explains “gradient boosting” machine learning too.
Musk says “I have exposure to the very cutting-edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it”
Okay, this is both impressive and scary. Researchers at Facebook realised their bots were chatting in a new language — then they stopped it.
Not worried about AI killing people? More worried about your career? Here are some skills that Fast Company say are safe from robot domination.
AI is taking on more of the task of checking Google Play store apps.
AI is also ready to help you fight your legal problems!
It becomes “a Linux box with endless possibilities, but it still has the mesh networking and app-based interface that Google provides”.
Data-over-audio using ultrasonic sound tech called “smart tones”.
Make have put together a community site for makers to share projects.
Amazon are considering selling access to the audio of utterances to Alexa for devs building Alexa skills as the data is available to devs on other platforms.
Amazon is taking on Apple with a slimmer and better sounding Echo.
It can charge your phone, dim its display at set intervals and bring you Alexa!
This post says you need “imagination and the ambition to act on it”.
That incredibly long headline sorta explains it all huh?