Episode 182 – Dungeons and Nike

Thanks to @andypiper for sharing with us this cool Dungeons & Dragons tabletop, that Michael and Michael imagine could be brought to life via augmented reality like the Holochess example in Star Wars Episode IV.

What can be more personal than something you wear?  Nike’s new brand engagement digital experience with their recently announced Connected NBA jersey is precisely that.  Once a fan has committed to buy a team jersey financially, and linking that jersey to an account, the idea of what you could do next with all that data is extremely intriguing.  What if this was not an NBA thing — what if the wearable is tied to a band, and they could monetize their fan experience, with exclusive potential access backstage at their concerts?  What if, this was not sports or music — rather a political group — you could check in with your special rally hat to gain access?  Is the (potential) value of what could be offered worth the tradeoff of sharing your data and allowing tracking by a third party?

What do you think?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Selected links 

Polygon article: D&D group builds custom tabletop with 4K touchscreen — https://www.polygon.com/2017/9/18/16329482/dungeons-and-dragons-digital-table-4k-touchscreen-fantasy-grounds

Dungeons & Dragons — http://dnd.wizards.com

Fantasy Grounds — https://www.fantasygrounds.com/home/home.php

Overhead holographic projector (discussed in episode 175) — http://bgr.com/2017/07/12/augmented-reality-projector/

Roll 20 app — https://roll20.net

Polygon article:  D&D now on Steam, complete with dice and a Dungeon Master — https://www.polygon.com/2015/4/22/8470473/dungeons-dragons-virtual-tabletop-fantasy-grounds

Wizards of the Coast — http://company.wizards.com

Nike’s new Connected NBA jerseys  — https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/nba/jerseys

Discovery’s Manhunt:Unabomber — https://manhunt.discovery.com/unabomber/

Swarm — https://www.swarmapp.com

IntoNow — TV check in app — https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/28/to-every-social-tv-app-turn-turn-turn/

Spotify — https://www.spotify.com/us/

What are the hosts’ favorite D&D quests?

Michael M — created our own.

Michael R — not canned adventures, we created our own too!

What games are the hosts playing?

Michael R — Eggs, Inc.  — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg,_Inc.

Michael M — looking forward to some new AppleTV apps

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Crossy Road for the new AppleTV

Crossy Roads for AppleTV

with the new AppleTV released on Friday, one of the most exciting games I was looking forward to playing was multiplayer Crossy Road, partially because of my memory of playing competitive Mario Brothers on the Apple ][ and partially because my kids just love playing the game and unlocking new characters.  It was with great anticipation for my kids to get the AppleTV set up — which was very easy to do with the iPhone, as was the installation of the app from the AppleTV store.  What proved to be more challenging was getting the iOS device to be recognized by the AppleTV for the second player to control their Crossy Road character.  Looking on the web for help, there were some good articles, such as the one from iMore, however there was one important tip that the Crossy Road app itself pointed out, but in our zeal to play, we had ignored.

in order for the AppleTV to recognize the iOS device, they both need to be on the same WiFi network.  in our home setup, I have the AppleTV hardwired with an ethernet connection to the router so as to help with bringing down movies in the absolute fastest possible way, and because the AppleTV was smart enough to recognize the ethernet wire, it did not enable a wireless connection.  Then, once we had rebooted the AppleTV on WiFi, restarted Crossy Road and selected two player, the iOS device was recognized, and as they say, hilarity ensued.  the kids proceeded to play, pushing one another’s characters into oncoming trucks and the water, giggling and laughing.