Leap Motion + Gear VR, Apple’s self-driving car tech, AI initiatives

AAAAH! Who is this man! How! Who let him in here! Yeah, I got rid of the beard. And got a haircut. There was just too much of it, hair that is, on my head region. Just like, how in today’s episode, we have too much tech news. So we better get to it!

 

3D tracking company Leap Motion has brought their Orion hand tracking system to mobile VR headsets. Now there have been various ways to combine a Leap Motion hand tracker with VR for a while now, but they all required some technical expertise. The company’s new mobile VR-friendly Orion modules could be added to low-end VR headsets for around a 10 dollar premium, and would be easy to attach. The prototype Leap Motion is showing off slots into the front of a Samsung Gear VR, so soon, you’ll be able to enter a compelling alternate reality to escape your real problems and maybe live there forever, …for less.

After more than a year of rumors about its Project Titan car project, Apple has actually confirmed it’s working on self-driving car technology. In a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company said it’s investing heavily in machine learning and automation, including in the area of transportation. The letter goes on to talk about automated vehicles in detail. Now this doesn’t mean that an Apple Car is confirmed – Apple could just be working on autonomous car tech that it would license to other manufacturers. And we also shouldn’t get too excited – for all we know, they might remove the fuel / charging port to save space. Oooh!

And two AI initiatives, Google’s DeepMind and Elon Musk’s OpenAI, announced they were both releasing AI training simulation tools available to the public. Deepmind is publishing the source code for DeepMind Lab, a maze-like environment that AI agents can be tested on and compared to Google’s own AIs. Meanwhile, OpenAI actually released a similar tool called OpenAI Gym back in April, but today it released the Universe interface for said tool. Universe allows AI agents to use a computer like a human does, by looking at a virtual screen and using a virtual keyboard and mouse. And it’s kind of creepy – I thought this video was a recording of a human player, nope, turns out it’s a robot, and none of us are safe anymore. Or we’re about to be safer than ever. Against our will.

It’s time for! Querk Berts!

Amazon has opened Amazon Go, a grocery store in Seattle that lets you tap into enter, select items, and then leave without checking out, everything having been sorted out by a complex system of machine learning, lots of sensors, and pulleys and levers, I imagine.

Reviews for Intel’s Kaby Lake i7 7700K processor are kind of all over the web right now, but it’s over a month away from launching, so we’ll wait until the official numbers.

Reviews for the Oculus Touch controllers are also up, but those are more legit, since they officially launch tomorrow. Consensus seems to be that they’re a no-brainer for any Oculus Rift owner.

A bunch of new games were announced over the weekend, including MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries, the first single-player content for the franchise since 2002, The Last of Us Part 2, featuring a badass, older, guitar-playing Ellie; and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, with many hadoukens. Lots of em.

And Google released an app called Trusted Contacts, which lets you send your location to …trusted contacts, and ask for others. It’s designed for emergency situations, so if someone asks where you are, you have 5 minutes to respond, or the app automatically tells them. So you’ve kind of got to either value your life in the event of an emergency, or your privacy, to avoid some… awkward moments.

News sources for all of today’s stories can be found in the NCIX forum post linked in the description.

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