This is _brilliant_. So many possibilities, esp since we know that voice assistants can be controlled via subsonics and other audio trickery. Middle-manning them in this way is an amazing technical feat, but will be easier and easier over time.
Alias is a teachable “parasite” that is designed to give users more control over their smart assistants, both when it comes to customisation and privacy. Through a simple app the user can train Alias to react on a custom wake-word/sound, and once trained, Alias can take control over your home assistant by activating it for you.
Source: Bjørn Karmann › project_alias
After years of hype, the Magic Leap One is finally available for purchase…at least, for those developers lucky enough to live in certain parts of the US. They are limiting purchasing for now to certain geographic areas (you have to enter your ZIP to see if you are in a lucky area). The headsets start at $2295, so they aren’t cheap, but given the promise of AR and the hype behind Magic Leap, I think they are worth looking at for libraries that are getting into AR.
Check their “experiences” page to get a better idea of the sort of craziness that is coming with AR.
Source: Magic Leap One: Creator Edition | Magic Leap
This is crazy. Apple is killing it with ARKit.
ARKit Inter-dimensional Portal by @nedd. Music by The SAME.
Source: Made With ARKit – ARKit Inter-dimensional Portal by @nedd. Music…
Computer vision + projection and a lot of fancy math….really impressive stuff.
Tiny computers in everything…
Vietnamese website Tinhte has shared a teardown of Apple’s new Lightning EarPods and Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter included in the box with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The video confirms that, as expected, each accessory is equipped with a small digital-to-analog converter.
Source: Teardown Confirms Digital-to-Analog Converter in Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm Adapter – Mac Rumors
This is a really impressive design, the flight controller code has to be insane.
On Saturday, at the Eleventh annual HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference in New York, three hackers who go by the code names DarkSim905, Nite 0wl and Johnny Xmas unveiled a 3D printable model of the Safe Skies TSA master key.
Source: TSA-Approved Master Luggage Keys Hacked and 3D Printed Once Again | 3DPrint.com
Link: My blog post on hacking the original TSA Keys, printing and demoing them at the Berkman Klein Center.