Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars

Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars

Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) chief scientist Michael Abrash believes AR and VR will be the primary way people work, play, and connect in the future. Abrash today revealed in a blog post more about the company’s research surrounding lifelike avatars, something undertaken by the Pittsburgh branch of the company’s skunkworks, Facebook Reality Labs.

New VR experience takes passengers on board Lancaster during WWII bombing raid

New VR experience takes passengers on board Lancaster during WWII bombing raid

"We can't forget that." A new VR experience hosted by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum takes people inside a Lancaster bomber during a bombing run in the Second World War. 1:11 Trying out the roughly 14-minute experience will feel familiar to anyone who has used VR.

The best kids smartwatches 2019: Top options with games, GPS tracking and more

The best kids smartwatches 2019: Top options with games, GPS tracking and more

Features include GPS for location tracking and an SOS alarm, while 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support and the built-in camera help provide text, voice and video calling wherever your child is.

How to use voice commands on Wear OS

How to use voice commands on Wear OS

Likewise use the voice commands "send a message to..." or "send an email to..." as a quick way of launching your messaging apps and calling up the relevant contact info—by dictating out the message as well you don't even have to touch the screen.

The best GPS kids tracker watches 2019: Child safety wearables round up

The best GPS kids tracker watches 2019: Child safety wearables round up

$99, Amazon | angelsense.com HereO V2 The HereO is the first GPS tracking device cleverly disguised to look like a cute, colourful watch, so little ones can show off and tell the time while you keep tabs on their whereabouts via your iOS or Android device.

Why the Web Won't Be Nirvana

Why the Web Won't Be Nirvana

The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

‘Spice & Wolf VR’ Kickstarter Doubles Funding Goal, Coming to Rift, Vive, Go, PSVR & Quest

‘Spice & Wolf VR’ Kickstarter Doubles Funding Goal, Coming to Rift, Vive, Go, PSVR & Quest

The lowest funding tier at ¥3,000 (~$27) gets you a download key for the platform of your choice: Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive, PSVR, or Oculus Quest. SpicyTails says scenarios in Spice & Wolf VR will be written by original series author Isuna Hasekura, and will include the anime’s original Japanese voice actors.

How to use Siri on Apple Watch

How to use Siri on Apple Watch

If you've downloaded watchOS 5, you don't even need to say "Hey Siri" to get the voice assistant's listening indicator to show.

Bose’s $199 audio-based AR sunglasses are available for preorder

Bose’s $199 audio-based AR sunglasses are available for preorder

Bose’s $199 audio-based AR sunglasses are available for preorder More information about its AR platform is coming at SXSW Next year, however, Bose hopes to launch its own augmented reality platform for apps after shipping 10,000 pairs of the glasses to AR developers in 2018.

Dialing Up CRM: Harnessing the Power of Voice

Dialing Up CRM: Harnessing the Power of Voice

Those conversations are also quite powerful because they are loaded with insights that can help organizations drive connected experiences, contextual actions, and continuous improvement in customer engagement -- the three pillars of digital transformation.

North's Focals are stylish Alexa smartglasses you'll actually wear and use

North's Focals are stylish Alexa smartglasses you'll actually wear and use

North built the retinal projection technology inside Focals itself and Lake stresses that you don't see a rectangle screen, instead you see minimal, 2D elements floating around a meter in front of you as per the promo video - "it's very subtle, a single almost subtitle floating in the world".

The best hearables and smart wireless earbuds you can buy right now

The best hearables and smart wireless earbuds you can buy right now

Dropping before the turn of the year, Samsung's second generation smart earbuds, the Gear IconX 2018, brought the Korean company's smart assistant Bixby plus battery life which blitzes the closest competition – five hours of streaming music over Bluetooth, seven hours of standalone use and up to four hours of talk time.

Voice Control for Connected Entertainment: Challenges and Opportunities

Voice Control for Connected Entertainment: Challenges and Opportunities

However, despite voice-controlled entertainment's advantages for searching and streaming content, consumer adoption remains low, with only 3 percent of U.S. broadband households using voice commands when watching video. It therefore is likely that consumers will become more interested in using voice commands to control other common consumer devices, including connected entertainment systems.

Amazon Has Big Plans for Alexa in Homes, Cars

Amazon Has Big Plans for Alexa in Homes, Cars

Offering devices with Alexa promises "an easy route to smart, connected experiences triggered by simple voice commands," he said, as well as "streamlining, if not elimination of, complicated setups. Meanwhile, home builder and car maker partners "get the cachet of having smart experiences within their [products]," Henschen said.

Echo for Kids, Retro Voice Assistants, and a Second Snap

Echo for Kids, Retro Voice Assistants, and a Second Snap

This time we'll take a look at an Amazon Echo for kids, an updated Oculus, a retro-styled smart speaker, and Snapchat's latest spectacles. Amazon is trying to rope in younger members of the family to use its Alexa voice assistant with the release of a smart speaker for kids.

What We’ve Seen So Far at CES 2018

What We’ve Seen So Far at CES 2018

In Brief With CES 2018 now in full swing, it's time to explore what Intel, Samsung, Toyota, and other companies have in store for the future of consumer electronics. We heard about Fisker’s EMotion electric vehicle in 2017, but the company officially revealed the car at this year’s CES.

Verizon GizmoWatch is a smartwatch for kids that packs LTE

Verizon GizmoWatch is a smartwatch for kids that packs LTE

There are features on board to help parents keep a closer eye on their kids including location tracking and the ability to set GPS-based boundaries sending out alerts to the GizmoHub companion app (Android and iOS) when they leave those areas.