In addition to our original content, we spend a great deal of time staying up-to-date on current IoT industry news and trends. Here's a rundown of some of the interesting posts we saw this week.
1. An intro to Bluetooth Mesh
I found this article on the IoT Tech Expo blog when I was looking into who would be exhibiting/speaking on Nov 29th & 30th in Santa Clara. This post is obviously a very high level look into Bluetooth mesh networks but an interesting read nonetheless.
A Bluetooth® mesh network lets you establish a many-to-many relationship between wireless devices and allows them to relay data to other devices not in direct radio range. In this way, Bluetooth mesh networks can span wide physical areas and support tens, hundreds, or even thousands of devices.
2. Why Touch is the Next Important Step for VR
When I attended MWCA in San Francisco a couple of months ago I was extremely excited to see some of the VR tech present. I experienced many ways VR is being used in the entertainment/gaming category but also in the health/wellness world. This got me to thinking a little bit about what the next step for VR would look like. Callum McClelland at Leverege has a great post about immersive VR.
In the near-term, VR will instead be made more immersive by focusing on better emulating the five senses (i.e. perception) and on creating better tools for interaction.
You can read the full article here.
2. This Chatbot is Trying Hard to Look and Feel Like Us
Chatbots are everywhere these days. Every day I check out Product Hunt and every day I see a new chatbot on the market. Most of them are extremely basic but some can get very intelligent. Autodesk is creating a chatbot that will allow customers to interact with a bot that looks like an actual human. I recommend checking out the embedded video on the post.
In the near-term, VR will instead be made more immersive by focusing on better emulating the five senses (i.e. perception) and on creating better tools for interaction. The company says that next year it will introduce a new version of its Autodesk Virtual Agent (AVA) avatar, with an exceedingly lifelike face, voice, and set of "emotions."
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