Our must read for the week is about China becoming the fastest market to broadly adopt virtual reality. The article highlights some fascinating product and market takeaways that lead to this conclusion. Also, read about industrial robots drawing tattoos and exploring sewers, how a Tesla car saved a life, and why LIDAR is on its way to become the next ubiquitous sensor.
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VIRTUAL REALITY / AUGMENTED REALITY
VR’s First Major Market
China will most likely lead the way with real VR mass adoption before the rest of the world. But hope is not lost for US VR companies. China was already ahead of the US in being mobile-first. The ability to learn from the Chinese mobile market has provided ample opportunities for US-based startups to launch similar services in the US. The same will likely be true for VR. Link
Xiaomi + VR
China’s Xiaomi unveils its answer to VR for the masses. Users will be able to customize an inexpensive mobile headset with cloth covers. Link
Would you let a robot ink your next tattoo? Well, now you can. Link
Underworld Smart Sewage
MIT researchers take public health to the next level by sending robots in sewers for real-time data on diseases and chemicals. Yes, maybe some jobs are better left to machines. Link
AI’s Language Problem
Machines that truly understand language would be incredibly useful. But we don’t know how to build them. Link
INTERNET OF THINGS
Who needs an ambulance when you have a Tesla? A US driver made it to hospital while suffering a pulmonary embolism after putting his car in autopilot. Link
Internet of Things strategies are going from general to specialized and vertical. Why? The IoT opportunity is so large that there isn’t a single answer about how to best address it. Link
Tiny But Mighty
Imagine a LIDAR on a chip. MIT and DARPA just pack the sensor onto a single ship. The implications are huge. Basically, LIDAR is on its way to become the next ubiquitous sensor. Link