Episode 124 – Shuffling Paper

Michael M. and Phaedra B. have an exciting show about interruptions, and the cost of those interruptions. We learn that there are many different ways of trying to manage this world of constant interrupts. What about a constant interruption to remind you to change your behavior and improve your blood pressure?

What is your best way of dealing with interruption? Is there an optimal time to interrupt bad behavior?

Show Links:
The cost of Interruptions
American Psychological Association – Interruption analysis
Using index cards for task switching
Using Texting to reduce blood pressure
mHeatlh Conference
TextExpander version 5

Games we are playing
Phaedra – Up to eyeballs in Medical Minecraft
Michael M – Star Wars Uprising


Episode 123 – Virtual Star Wars

The Michael’s decide to have a bit of fun looking at Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Star Wars. How could you go wrong? Listen to this week’s show to find out.

Show Links
Landing Elon Musk’s Rocket
Why Build a Virtual World
Pluto Atmosphere
Rock Powered Kicks – EA supports Women in FIFA 2016 Game
Third life?
Virtual Michael
Star Wars Uprising
Goodbye Lenin
No longer available – Peace App


Episode 122 – Motivational Design


Phaedra and Michael M start off the show with a discussion about Phaedra’s experience at the SimTecT conference in Adelaide, Australia.  Phaedra reflected on an interesting question posed to her while at the conference — how motivational design could be used to extract someone from an indoctrinated, calcified way of thinking.  Motivational design leads to humanitarian design and then on to persuasive design, not just for simulation content, but also for how the experience is created and tailored for the user to know when and how to interrupt their flow for maximum benefit and impact.

As you pass through the rabbit hole, and into the game, you learn something new.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

Selected links

SimTecT conferencehttp://www.simtect.com.au
SimTecT speakers, with Phaedra on the top rowhttp://simtect.com.au/speakers
Phaedra’s Master Class on Gamificationhttp://simtect.com.au/master-class–phaedra-boinodiris-
Coleco Head to Head Footballhttp://www.ebay.com/sch/items/?_nkw=coleco+football&_sacat=&_ex_kw=&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_sop=12&_fpos=&_fspt=1&_sadis=&LH_CAds=&rmvSB=true 
Switchpoint conference in Saxapahaw, NChttp://event.switchpointideas.com
Pokemon Go — http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-go/


Episode 121 – Coffee and Podcast

Our Crazy Co-Hosts at Bean Traders

Our Crazy Co-Hosts at Bean Traders

The Michael’s spend the morning at BeanTraders Coffee talking about this week’s interesting stories around gaming technology and play…We also throw in a few other stories we found while surfing the interwebs. What do you think about a fitness tracker in your glasses? What about pointed ears? How about short – little cars?

Michael M. then gets us up to speed on the idea of Pop-Up Chorus, and shares his most recent event singing some They Might be Giants. If you are local you can join him at MotorCo in Durham to sing some Cure and ABBA songs. While you are there, if you bring your laptop – don’t forget to bring you Laptop Butler!

We end up having fun talking about watching Let’s Bowl and Strip Mall. So drop us a note, comment, or rating about your favorite show, game or technology, we’d love to hear from you.

Show Links
Insurance Glasses
Solar Powered Glasses
For the Love of Spock
The new Mercedes Smart Car
More Google Car Granny Stories
Pop-Up Chorus
Motor Co Music Hall
Laptop Butler
Let’s Bowl
Downtown Julie Brown

Michael R getting ready to record the show

Michael R getting ready to record the show

Episode 120 – Herding Cats

The Michaels have had a great time herding cats lately and decide to play a game with it. As the summer ends, and people come back from vacation, we are all herding a bunch of cats to get projects done before the next holiday season. In the meantime, decides to herd the sun with project Sun Roof, which helps you understand the efficiency of your roof for the deployment of solar panels. Michael R talks about a local offering around leasing solar panels, and his frustration with not being on solar power already. We then focus on green water. No, not green eggs and ham type green water, but highly efficient shower heads. Finally, Michael M talks about carrying the world on his wrist with the new Minecraft Gameband.

Show Links
Herding Cats
Shower with less Water
Project Sunroof
Minecraft Gameband

What we are playing
Angry Birds 2
Lego Star Wars – The complete saga
Swarm adds Coins


Episode 119 – Techlit

The Michaels look at the overlap between some of our favorite sci-fi technologies, and how many of them already exist today. Michael M. gives us the details of his recent gaming trip to Colonial Williamsburg. We also discover we have gone back to playing the same games… What game are you playing?

Show links:
Japanese SciFi Glasses
Almost Human
Bears and Drones
Daniel Suarez Books kill decision, etc.
Yogi Bear
Star trek communicator cell phone
IT Crowd
William Hurt
Altered States
Light Sabers
Hoverboard – Lexus
War Games
Johnny Cab
Fantastic Voyage
Carrot Weather
History Games

Games we are playing
Quest Keeper
Nimble Quest


Episode 118 – Black Hat Car Hacks

This we we celebrate using some to be your eyes, and oh yeah, we talk about the latest car hacks coming out ahead of the black hat conference. We learn, don’t challenge security researchers to step up their game. Ahead of black hat, they prove remove hacks to control your car. Using the vehicle’s telematics modem, or your radio’s Digital Audio Broadcasting signal researchers show that remote access to your car is possible. The Michaels’ cut through some of the FUD and look at what the researchers are more than likely doing. Should you worry? Is there an interesting game here? You tell us!

Show links
Be My Eyes
Hackers Remotely Kill Jeep on a Highway
1.4 million vehicles recalled for bug fix
UK Researchers use Digital Radio Broadcasts to seize control of car
1957 Chevy pictures
Pluto Pictures First Looks
Why does it take so long for New Horizons to send images
Light Sail
Kepler Mission finds new Earth-like planet
The Smallest Kepler discovered planet

Games we are playing
TinyKeep – Michael R.
Crossy Road – Michael M.
Alto’s Adventure – Michael M.


Getting All Emotiv(tional)

Co-Host Michael R here … it seems that things keep conspiring against the cohosts getting together to record a show, so I thought a quick blog post of things going on would be helpful.
Emotiv Insight Box
First – this week both Michaels received their Emotiv Insight headsets. We are both iOS users for our cell phones, so we are in a bit of a quandary. Tan and the team over at Emotiv, had a great Kickstarter that we both supported and this past week the headset arrived. Unfortunately for us both, Apple recently changed their BTLE implementation which broke the iOS app for the headset. At this time they are expecting to be able to ship the iOS app sometime in August.
This got me to thinking… Can I still capture the data on the headset and then upload it to the app in August? I had a very bad set of migraines over the last few days, and it would be amazing if I could see how my brain was behaving during the migraine. To be honest, this is one of the reasons I got the new headset… I want to be able to start quantifying my headaches, and aligning them to the data from the headset.
I was also excited to that a local company had an app for the headset. Neuro+ is a local company that is looking at how ADHD can be addressed in kids. To that end they are using the headset in a new game. I tried to download the game, but was disappointed to learn that I needed to sign up for a monthly service to even try it out. (Yes, they did offer 30 days free trial, but after you put in your credit card, and given the number of security breaches in the news lately, I figured I didn’t want yet another website to have my data).
Have any of our listeners ordered their Emotiv Insight? Do you have the android app? What do you think? We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Episode 117 – Uber Games

On a special Sunday recording of GamesAtWork dot Biz, the Michaels get to talk about various games and technology around transportation. We begin with Michael M’s review of the new Uber Driver recruiting game. Is driver recruitment the only reason it exists? We say no! We spend some time with Hover Bikes and Hover Boards. We look at crowdsourcing your old memories. And finally wrap up with everyone’s favorite section on the games we are playing now.

Show Links
Uber Releases a Mobile Game to Recruit Drivers
Uber drivers are employees
Nokia Here Maps – and why everyone wants to acquire them
Lexus Hoverboard
Mobile App to Uberize and Gamify Memory Preservation

Games we are playing
Michael M
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Quest Keeper

Michael R
Slingshot Braves


Episode 116 – Monster Bash

This week we are especially delighted to have two special guests on the show, Eric Mertens from Galois, Inc.  and Aaron Camerata from voidALPHA to share their insight and experience on the Verigames project with DARPA over that past couple of years.

Aaron does a fantastic job explaining how playing the game Monster Proof helps improve code quality by players playing the game in his recent blog post “Games…for Science!”  http://voidalpha.com/blog/ce6a4/monster-proof—how-it-works .

The concept here is pretty simple — can crowdsourced players playing a game perform formal verification / code testing faster and more cost-effectively than testers following the traditional development testing methodologies?  And if so, can these same kind of constructs and methods allow for code creation to write new code to solve new problems?

Some of the selected links from the discussion on the show
Penn & Teller’s Desert Bus game — http://www.polygon.com/2013/7/10/4510388/why-teller-created-desert-bus-the-worst-video-game-in-history
Desert Bus by Amateur Pixels for iOS — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/desert-bus/id470288016?mt=8
Desert Bus by Amateur Pixels for Android — https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tueidj.DesertBus&hl=en
Iavor Diatchki — https://galois.com/team/iavor-diatchki/
DragonBox algebra learning games — http://dragonboxapp.com
FoldIt — http://fold.it/portal/
Zachtronics —http://www.zachtronics.com
Elevator Saga, the elevator programming game challenge — http://play.elevatorsaga.com
Rosalind platform for learning bioinformatics and programming via problem solving — http://rosalind.info/problems/locations/
Waze — https://www.waze.com
The Curve by Nicholas Lovell — http://www.thecurveonline.com
Attention economy — http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/5.12/es_attention.html

Games we are playing these days
Eric Mertens — TIS-100 — http://www.zachtronics.com/tis-100/
Aaron Camerata
Slingshot Braves — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slingshot-braves/id857514427?mt=8 
The Sailor’s Dream — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id895869909
Framed — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/framed/id886565180?mt=8
Magic the Gathering — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_The_Gathering
Knights of Pen and Paper — https://www.paradoxplaza.com/knights-of-pen-paper-1-editionMichael R –Hearthstone —  iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hearthstone-heroes-warcraft/id625257520?mt=8 and Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blizzard.wtcg.hearthstone&hl=en
Phaedra B –Grim Fandango — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grim-fandango-remastered/id978524071?mt=8Michael M
Does not Commute — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/does-not-commute/id971756507?mt=8
Bang! the Wild West card game — http://amzn.com/B001Q4XWB8