We welcome Andy Piper @andypiper back on the show, part of the original Games At Work dot Biz trio – back together kicking off a detailed discussion of voice assistants, following last week’s discussion on Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomePod.
We then look at some of the more interesting things that came out at CES last week, and how tech seems to be looking for very niche problems to solve – are they worth it? Or are they so menial and trivial -causing more time to automate them then you save by using the automation. Would you were an airbag for your hip? While washing dishes for two? Before heading to your voice controlled toilet seat?
We wrap the show with a quick analysis of is it right for people to use the blockchain to lock in permission for sex – this is wrong on so many levels. And finally a bunch of great game recommendations for wasting your weekend
Michael and Michael take a spin from the physical to the virtual, starting with an article by Scotty Allen, describing how he constructed an iPhone 6s entirely from parts he bought in markets in China. Moving into the virtual space, the pair discuss the merits and benefits of a syringe with haptic feedback to help surgeons learn the amount of pressure needed to inject a patient, in what appeared to be way too close to reality. Squeamishness aside, this use case is particularly well suited to the virtual reality training space, as it combines visual and physical feedback, developing the appropriate muscle memory needed to perform the surgery successfully.
Rounding out this episode, Michael and Michael talk about the importance of transparency in artificial intelligence algorithms, particularly for audibility. As machine learning allows for enhancements to decision making, blockchain recording of the decisions can provide the benefit of how the AI made the decisions it did at the time it made those decisions. A fascinating potential blend of these technologies.
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!
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.
Wow! Do we have a hot show for you this week! All three of our show hosts are together to scorch your ear holes! We begin with Linden Lab’s new hotness – Project Sansar, bounce on over to the hot new AR game Pokémon Go, look at hot technology with Blockchain, and we end the show with a review of some hot new start up and education incubators in Europe.