Amazon has released an updated version of its Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console; it’s designed to improve developer workflow. The console has been broken down into four levels of app development: building, testing, launching and measuring.
Plex has unveiled Plex VR, which allows users to view virtual reality content in a social VR environment. Plex VR works with Google Daydream and allows users to watch content with up to three friends.
Voice assistants and artificial intelligence were heavy areas of focus at this year’s CES, as was the connectivity making these technologies possible. Voice in vehicles drew particular attention, with Baidu Vice Chairman Qi Lu saying, “There will be no border between a home and a vehicle. Whatever you can do at home, you should be able to do it in cars.”
Google and Lenovo have partnered to create a stand-alone virtual reality headset called the Lenovo Mirage Solo. The headset runs Google’s VR platform, Daydream, and its release is anticipated this spring.
Meta has introduced virtual touch to its augmented reality technology through partnerships with Ultrahaptics and ZeroLight. The company will demonstrate the feature next week at CES, giving users the chance to feel an AR version of the luxury Pagani Huayra Roadster.
Magic Leap has unveiled its augmented reality goggle-style glasses, which are powered by a small, hip-mounted computer. The goggles were designed with a focus on comfort to allow users to seamlessly integrate AR features into their lives.
Huawei revealed that it signed an agreement with Chinese search engine Baidu to open a mobile artificial intelligence ecosystem with tools such as Baidu’s PaddlePaddle deep-learning framework and Huawei’s neural network processing unit. The companies will team to create a consumer augmented reality software and bolster voice and image recognition for smart devices.