Episode 187 – Bionic Eye

On an unseasonably warm Friday, Michael & Michael get together to discuss a sports to business application of virtual reality, that of training retail store employees to prepare for the oncoming rush of bargain hunters on Black Friday instead of the rush of oncoming defensive backs.

A favorite topic of ours — augmented reality use methods — resurfaces in this episode, this time prompted by the recent Apple acquisition of a Canadian AR company called VRVANA, which leads to a conversation about miniaturization of this technology, ultimately embedding into bionic contact lenses, or even a potential direct optic nerve connection.  At the very least, we don’t bring up spiders in this episode.  Whew.

The team talks about home robotics, and Rosie from the Jetsons seems to be cropping up in many articles.  The concept of a friendly companion robot is one that many companies are chasing after, and the article for this show comes from an experience with a robot called Jibo.

Closing out the show with a discussion on wearables, Michael and Michael are amazed at the new capabilities enabled by the Kardiaband, and what this implies for future medical devices to improve and save lives.

Selected links 

MIT Technology Review article:  Finally a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees — https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609473/finally-a-useful-application-for-vr-training-employees/

Business Insider article:  Apple bought a Canadian AR startup for $30 million — and it could give Apple an edge in the next big thing — http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-buys-vrvana-totem-mixed-reality-headset-2017-11

VRVANA — https://www.vrvana.com

Hackday io — Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses project — https://hackaday.io/project/580-peril-sensitive-sunglasses

Futurism article: Bionic Contacts: Goodbye Glasses. Hello Vision That’s 3x Better Than 20/20 — https://futurism.com/bionic-contacts-goodbye-glasses-hello-vision-thats-3x-better-than-2020/

Transitions photochromic transition eyeglasses — https://www.transitions.com/en-us/

Wall Street Journal article:  This Cute Little Robot Made My Family Mad — https://www.wsj.com/articles/this-cute-little-robot-made-my-family-mad-1511980911

Rosie from the Jetsons — http://thejetsons.wikia.com/wiki/Rosey

Jibo — https://www.jibo.com

Roomba — http://store.irobot.com/default/robot-vacuum-roomba/

Sphero BB-8 — https://store.sphero.com/products/bb-8-by-sphero

Thomas Friedman’s Thank You for Being Late — http://www.thomaslfriedman.com/thank-you-for-being-late/

TechCrunch article:  FDA clears AliveCor’s Kardiaband as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch — https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/30/fda-clears-alivecors-kardiaband-as-the-first-medical-device-accessory-for-the-apple-watch/

Kardiaband for Apple Watch — https://store.alivecor.com

Chuck Norris facts — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Norris_facts

What games are the hosts playing?

Michael R: Injustice 2 — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/injustice-2/id1109008423?mt=8

Michael M:  Nonstop Chuck Norris — https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/nonstop-chuck-norris/id1154002816?mt=8

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Episode 136 – So Lo

So LoWelcome listeners! This weeks show is short and sweet. Due to uncontrollable events, we have a short solo show with our Co-Host and Co-Founder – Michael R. Somehow the entire month of April slipped by without our team being able to get together, and after a couple last minute, unforeseen events occurred, we decided to put together a short show about some of the cool links we’ve gotten in our Twitter feed over at GamesAtWork_Biz. So enjoy the abbreviated show, and drop us your feedback. We’d love to hear from you.

Show Links
Now available on the Google Play Store
BBC and Netflix team up for Watership Down animated Miniseries
Our Episode about the game – The Warren
Windows 95 on the Apple Watch
Minecraft on Gear VR
Mac OS 7.5 on Apple Watch
China unveils robot soldier for controlling human riots

Games I am playing
Star Trek – Timelines

Coming Soon
MoogFest 2016

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Episode 111 – What does a tweet feel like?

The Michaels are back with another exciting episode of Games At Work dot Biz. We look at the taptic engine design for the upcoming Apple Watch and begin positing what a tweet might feel like. These design considerations of what goes into this question brings us to a discussion on how to design a new experience. How many different ways do you want to feel your notifications? Is a Tweet the same as a SMS, a iMessage notification, or a direct message? Would you want notifications for a specific hashtag?

We then extend the discussion to look at a haptic vest which allows the blind to see and the deaf to hear. This amazing TED talk looks at how researchers are extending the human senses to feel a tweet.

Michael M. also let’s us know about a new MOOC he is playing developed by Wil van der Aalst. While Michael R. reminds our local listeners to head over to the East Coast Game Conference and say hello to our sometime co-host – Phaedra Boinodiris.

The design of the Apple Watch
An App that lets you work even more!
Feeling a tweet thru your chest
What is a MOOC
MOOC – Process Mining: Data science in Action
East Coast Game Conference

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Episode 110 – Watching the Apple Watch Watchers


The Michaels’ geek out this week when we think thru ResearchKit and it’s implications for healthcare and health research. Can you find the game in health research? We think there are a plenty out there.

Showlinks:
Apple has Sprung!
Utopia Limited

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Episode 109 – Phone Floppers

Michael and Michael get together this week to muse over how students can address college debt via gaming, thanks to a link from co-host Phaedra. We also look at how the Internet Archive is saving games from digital extinction, while reminiscing about some of our favorite old-school games. This brings us to a deeper discussion on how newer games with server components and digital rights management, may be disabling this preservation to continue. We end-up musing about use cases for Apple’s upcoming Watch announcement and how the smart-watch ecosystem may become yet another lock in play for the mobile ecosystem. What do you think? Are you excited for this brave new world?

Show Links:
Pay off Student Debt with gaming
Ken Jennings
Saving old games at the Internet Archive
Old MSDOS Games
Archon – 1984
SimCity DRM Disaster
Every thing is awesome on the Mac – Lego Game
Haptic tap for Apple Watch

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Episode 103 – Holiday Silliness


Nibler
The Michaels are together again to talk about gamifying pizza delivery – based on a nugget of information in our daily Google alerts. This article gets us to go down a bunch of thought exercises around gamificaiton, 3d-printing, Möbius strips, and other fun discussions. We also follow-up from last week’s show on what games (or things) we want (or would love to give) for year end holiday gifts.

Links:
Lord Nibbler
Gamifying Pizza Delivery
3d Printer Pizza
Möbius strip

What tech do we want to give or receive this holiday season:
Apple Watch
Watch Kit
Michael Rowe’s – Wasted Time App
AR Parrot Drone
Uber God mode
Tic Tac Toe
Disco Zoo Warning – Freemium Game
Hearth Stone

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