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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?