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Kindred AI – Putting robots in human shoes


Teaching computers to learn on their own has been the core aim of AI research, with the world’s largest tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Baidu, all racing to develop the best techniques. Although there have been breakthroughs in speech and image recognition, the machines still struggle to handle basic physical tasks. Kindred AI, a Canadian start up, decided to tackle these issues applying a new, innovative approach based on the technique of immersive teleoperation. According to its founders, the best way to make robots as smart as humans, is… Read more

VR: Virtual insanity is what we’re living in


In June 2012, Oculus VR, LLC was founded. Based in California, US, it was formed as a virtual reality technology company, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of their proposed virtual reality headset device. The company announced that backers who pledged $300 or more would be “rewarded” with the first development release of the headset, which was shipped to them in March 2013 (although the original date was December 2012). The intended amount Oculus wanted to raise was $250,000, but ended up raising over $2.4 million. Thus began… Read more

Joie de VIVE: Valve announces VR headset


Entertainment software company Valve Corporation has unveiled its new virtual reality (VR) headset, manufactured jointly with smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC. The product has been announced just in time for the game developers’ conferencing commencing 2-6 March 2015, where it promises to give developers the chance to test the software.  A developer version is being released in spring 2015, with the consumer ready version aiming to be available by the end of the year. Further details are to be released at the conference. Valve is renowned for producing critically acclaimed… Read more