Episode 149 – AR Through the Looking Glass

Augmented Reality features prominently in this episode where Michael and Michael explore a number of new and existing technologies, and how they may work together in an interconnected world to create new experiences for the people who use them. This show starts with a true 3D display called Volume, announced by LookingGlassFactory.com which has an aquarium-like display with true color and millions of pixels to render a three dimensional holographic display that can be experienced without any kind of headgear. A Buzzfeed article adds more clarity on the potential that Apple sees with AR, and both Michael and Michael explore how AR is not just visual — that audio, haptics, internet of things & sensors all play a role in the digital convergence that augments reality. They conclude with an amazing couple of medical use cases — where augmented reality assists in the surgical theater, allowing for a smaller incision and the physician to see what is happening inside the head of the patient, as well as for augmented touch reality where researchers help a man with a spinal injury feel pressure on robotic fingers.

Augmented visual reality, augmented audio reality, augmented touch reality are all part of the experiences possible. Expect that Michael and Michael will explore Smell-o-vision and augmented taste reality in an upcoming episode! Drop us a line with your ideas and thoughts about digital convergence on Twitter or Facebook!

Show Links
NC School of Science and Math
Looking Glass Factory
Tim Cook, Apple, and AR
Duke Researchers use AR for Brain Surgery
Brain interface allows robotic fingers to ‘Feel’

Games we are playing
Michael(s) – Inks


Episode 148 – Painting with Digital and Physical Ink

In this episode, Michael and Michael struggle with the pronunciation of the Nissan Qashqai which features prominently as a recently completed work of 3Doodler art — a life sized vehicle that took 800 hours to craft. Moving to the digital realm, they discuss Google’s experiment with digital collaboration called Tilt Brush which allows multiple people to create & paint together in real time. The intersection between the digital and physical realms becomes even more tangible with the hospitality industry adoption of wearable devices to improve customer service, and an interesting sidebar on how blockchain can provide an even deeper engagement between customers and the businesses that serve them. Could a smart contract via blockchain improve your dining out experience? We think so!

Check out this week’s episode to increase your VR & AR quotient, and share your ideas with us here on the post, on Twitter or Facebook.

Show Links:
Painting in VR
VR is actually going to change things
Sears in Secondlife
Managing your restaurant with wearables
Analyst – Ian Hughes AKA – ePredator
Don Tapscott – Blockchain Revolution


Episode 147 – Selfies for Safety

It’s all about autos, safety, bricks, and music generated by AI. We muse whose music would like to hear more of if computers could write the songs, how about some new Punk!?! We review Tesla’s new update on autopilot mode. Are you comfortable with over the air updates for your car? Have you scanned your favorite book yet? What’s your favorite Nintendo game? Would you fly your Legos? All this and more on this week’s episode of Games At Work dot Biz!

Show Links:
Uber is using selfies for security
AI Writes a new Beatles song
Keep your hands on the wheel
You can scan a book by its cover
Put a PI in your Nintendo Cartridge
Lego Drones!

Games we are Playing:
Dungeon boss continues
Super Phantom Cat – Android
Super Phantom Cat – iOS


Episode 146 – Archive Edition

The Michael’s record a brand new episode after the last attempt had major sound and recording issues (and no, Michael R. didn’t forget to hit record). We have fun going back over a few stories that are a week or so old, but are still more relevant than not. We talk about autonomous cars and traffic jams, hash jackers, Apple’s cleaning of the app store, BB-8 Bands, and cool trips Drone courses.

Show Links:
Autonomous cars completely eliminate traffic jams
Hashtags are worthless
Apple Cleans House!
Sphero’s BB-8 Band
Real-Life Tron course for you Drone
Obligatory iOS10 reference

Games we are playing:
Groove Coaster
Dungeon Boss
Infinity Gene


Episode 145 – Can you hear me now?

This week we look at how voice technology is improving and enabling new kinds of interactions at work and within games. We look at how microphone technology is impacting the adoption of smaller voice assistants. We explore the accuracy of text transcription verses typing. We think through our own use of voice technology and digital assistants. And we add new features to our website, text-based, thanks to Twitter’s new DM button.

We also change our whatcha playing segment to look at what are we exploring. And we end the show with a challenge to our listeners. We’d love to hear your experiences based on this challenge.

Show Links:
The Advancement of Voice Technology and Microphones
Chirp Episode
Stanford speech recognition study
IBM ViaVoice Transcription demo 2001
Twitter’s new message button
Duke Nukem – again?

Things we are into:
Michael M. – Newton hunting
IBM’s Pen based ThinkPad
Michael R: Mr. Robot – Apple and Mr. Robot – Android


Episode 144 – Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot

The Michaels are back this week looking at the related of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. We also look at two tie in games, one for the 2016 Olympic Games and one for the TV Show Mr. Robot. There’s a lot of news out this week from Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF), MIT’s Interactive Dynamic Video, and the never ending halo affect of Pokémon Go!

Show Links:
Nintendo 3DS sales up 80% Y/Y on Pokémon Go success
Nintendo Classic Mini
Atari Flashback
McDonals’ step counter for kids in Happy Meal – Sorta
Project Alloy
Intel to allow ARM to use 10nm Fab
Interactive Dynamic Video – Thank you Ian Hughes
No Man’s Sky (2013 view)
Desert Bus

Games we are Playing
Michael M: FIE Swordplay
Michael R: Mr. Robot – Apple and Mr. Robot – Android

Bonus Link:


Gaming the Bots!

As podcasters, @carolinabigblue and @michaelrowe01 have been pretty lucky.  We’ve been doing this between different shows since 2006.  I guess that makes us old timers in the world of podcasting.  In that time we’ve had the pleasure of having @Veronica Belmont on our show, and meeting her in person at least twice.  This has been a challenge given that the epicenter of podcasting appears to be San Francisco, and we are located in RTP, NC.

When we heard that she was moving into the world bots as a product manager for growbot, we just had to check it out.  Growbot monitors slack channels that you invite it to and captures metrics about employee performance.  As drones in the corporate world, our three co-hosts all have to deal with the periodic rankings and appraisals, and I for one am really bad at keeping track of all the positive things people tell me about work I am doing.   Imagine if Growbot could do that for me?

Of course, systems like this do have a challenge, people can game the system.  I tested this when I sent a “kudos” message as a repsonse to “kudos” I had received.  And growbot was smart enough to see what I was doing.

This was a fun test, and I loved the emoji that they are using for NO!

The other thought I had while playing with Growbot over the last few weeks is all about Flair.  If you’ve seen the movie “Office Space”, Jennifer Aniston’s character works at a theme restaurant where the servers are required to have buttons on their vests.  The buttons are considered “flair”.  She get’s a dressing down for not having enough flair on her vest.  I worry that if there is large corporate adoption of bots like growbot, we will end up with competitive situations where managers give you a dressing down for not having enough “kudos” this week.

In the mean time, I am enjoying playing with growbot on our podcast slack.  And I am sure that as they enhance the bot it will be more fun to figure out what makes a positive comment and what makes a negative.

What bots are you playing with lately?

Gotta engage ’em all – Pokemon Go for HR

Pokemon Go splash page

A tweet from earlier this week resonated with me — and a few others. Holger Müller ( @holgermu ) shared the following post: “Best line on #DisruptTV so far – @mikeettling – Waiting for PokemonGo app for HR – catch talent or a leader. ;-)”

Such an HR app would not just be focused solely on catching, it would include engaging and retaining as well. Novel ways of catching the attention of prospective employees, whether through puzzles, code breaking or alternate reality games have worked well, and augmented reality lends itself well as a technology to do the same. What would employee engagement and retention look like through the use of augmented reality? How could augmented reality be used for aligning strategy to employee action? What if there was a new product line that required a different sales approach… Could this HR app be used to identify ideas for how to attract the right kinds of people who are most aligned to the offering and sales approach?

Much to think about… What are your ideas?

Stay alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings!  Happy hunting.

Episode 143 – RIP Mr. Garibaldi

On a special Saturday afternoon, your intrepid Co-Hosts Michael and Michael get together to talk about the latest in gaming, business and technology. We promised not to talk too much about Pokémon Go, but spend our time talking about engaging users. How do you engage your users? One of us also waxes poetically about the passing of Babylon 5’s security chief – Mr. Garibaldi.

Show Links:
Gamifying the Election
More Magic PR
The delay of Pokémon Go accessory
Pokemon Go Desktop Map
Second Life Sears Tour
Human Resource Machine
RIP Mr. Garibaldi

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Listener Feedback Section:
Should we do more blog entries?


Blog posts verses podcasts

Hi!  Your co-host and co-founder of GamesAtWork.Biz here – Michael R.  I know we’ve not been very good lately at posting shows and I wanted to just drop a note to say we are still around.  For some reason 2016 has been crazy for all of us at GamesAtWork.biz.  Crazy with Travel, Crazy with day jobs, and Crazy in our personal lives. One of the big questions I have is, as a listener to this podcast would you be interested if we posted some blog posts on those weeks when we are unable to record a show?  I know we’ve talked about posting reviews for games we are playing… but haven’t had time to get around to them, so I am not promising anything; however, would it be interesting if we get our co-hosts to post about events we are attending, games we are playing, and/or other interesting things that come to our minds.  Let us know what you think.  Hit us up on twitter, drop us an email, comment on this post, or rate us on the iTunes Store.  Thanks… now back to your regularly scheduled weekend.