This week the must reads cover the Pokémon Go Mania, of course. The instant popularity of the app may prove that AR will soon more mainstream that VR. Also, read about robot suicide-bombers and discover if your job will soon be automated.
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Pokémon GO Mania
Pokemon GO mania hit the U.S. over the weekend, and it is already bigger than the dating app Tinder, getting installed on 5% of all Android devices in the U.S. in the first two days. Pokemon GO’s huge popularity may prove that AR games will soon be more mainstream than VR technology like Occulus Rift, Gear VR and Playstation VR. Link
100K HTC Vive Sold
While between HTC/Valve and Oculus, the companies have been coy on official sales figures, Steam data suggests that the HTC Vive install base is approaching the 100,000 mark. Link
Still A VR Skeptic?
A former managing director at Sony explains why widespread virtual reality adoption is only a matter of time. Link
VR For Good
This VR campaign encourages nervous children to swim. Link
Cyclists’ Hand Signals
Google’s robot cars remember cyclists’ hand signals to better understand their intentions. Do you? Link
Last week, the Dallas police killed a suspected gunman with a bomb-delivering robot. It was a desperate measure for desperate times: five law enforcement officers were killed and several more wounded before the shooter was finally cornered. But the method, a robot bomb, was so unorthodox that it raises many ethical and policy questions, if not also legal ones. Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
Automation By Sectors
Could a machine do your job? Automation technologies such as machine learning and robotics play an increasingly great role on the workplace. Discover which jobs will or won’t be replaced by machines. Link
Innovation, Cities, & Economic Growth
In the future, autonomous vehicles will help cities remove street parking and rebuild wide sidewalks and pedestrian plazas. Link
Enjoy and have a mighty week!