Apple has been holding its WWDC developer’s conference this week. On Monday, during the keynote, they announced the new iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS operating systems. They also announced new iMacs, iPad Pros, Macbook Pros, and an all new HomePod which is a speaker designed to fill a room with music and act as an easy interface to Siri. It didn't stop there, though. Here's what else is new.Read More
Beginning May 17th and spanning a handful of days, Google had its annual developer conference. Google announced what they've been working on since the last I/O conference, and wow, have they been busy! The central theme of the conference was mostly centered around artificial intelligence. If I only had a dollar for each time the words "machine learning" were said...Read More
Google is making developing devices and apps for the Internet of Things simple with their Android Things operating system. This is actually an updated and rebranded version of Brillo, which was announced at Google I/O in 2015.Read More
2016 is shaping up to be the year of Virtual Reality. We’ve seen the release of 3 major high-end virtual reality (VR) headsets - the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and Playstation VR. We are also seeing some advancements in the mobile VR world as well, with Samsung releasing a new version of their Gear VR headset, and Google releasing its new Daydream platform- unique for mobile VR in part thanks to its motion controller - to complement its existing Cardboard efforts.
Much of the focus with virtual reality has been around gaming. However, as the hardware and platforms mature, it is becoming evident that VR has many applications outside of gaming. The ability to see depth and to have real movements translated into virtual space provides an immersive feeling that is convincing enough to make your brain feel like you are in a different place. This is known as presence (see my previous post for information about presence).
This ability to create presence lends itself to a variety of applications. For example, it could be used for…
Starting tomorrow - Wednesday September 7th, Apple will begin reviewing iOS apps in the App Store. They will be looking for ones that may have passed under the radar as technology improves and the App Store rules have changed. Apple says they will be reviewing apps in every category of the App Store.Read More
Sometimes experience is needed for situations where it’s not feasible to gain it in real-life. In these cases where safety, cost, and risk are too high, simulations, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are picking up the slack. While risk simulations have been around for years, the technology has not gone stagnant.Read More
What can all my stuff do?
In my first blog on the Internet of Things (IoT) I discussed what it was and gave a few examples of how it works. In this blog I will discuss a few new ideas that surround what the Internet of Things can do for us. I will also talk about how the IoT is changing the way we interact with devices that are decades, or more, old.Read More
WWDC 2016 was a software centric show that introduced lots of new user facing features as well as provided developers with many new APIs to plug directly into system apps. All four of Apple’s major platforms received updates, which will be publicly available this fall. Check out what’s new!