Episode 153 – Chicken and Mushrooms

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Michael and Michael get together to cook up an episode chock-full-o tasty post Thanksgiving treats — starting off with the promise of solar, with the example of the American Samoa island of Ta’u and the new solar roof tiles made available from the Tesla/SolarCity team. The Google Project Sunroof site is still up & running, so you can check your own roof to see how suitable it may be for solar.

Alexa has teamed up with Allrecepies to help out in the kitchen, providing step by step guidance on how to cook delicious dishes. The video shows an example of how Alexa can use the Allrecepies API to suggest what can be done with a set of ingredients in the fridge. While we won’t spoil the surprise, the answer has something to do with chicken and mushrooms.

A news report from Marketplace highlighted the work done by Alibaba to create virtual reality shopping experiences for Chinese consumers in stores like Macy’s and Target. This reminded Michael and Michael of the work they had done years ago, and discussed most recently in episode 148 (http://gamesatwork.biz/2016/10/02/episode-148-painting-with-digital-and-physical-ink/). Michael R’s video on his work on the virtual Sears store is in the show notes below. One of the pair’s patents outlines how a virtual store could be created dynamically based on the shopper’s preferences.

Rounding out the show with a little Star Trek goodness, are the Propel Star Wars Battle Quads, and an IFTTT mashup using the Force Band by Sphereo. We are in for a very happy holiday season.

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show links
SolarCity Roof
Google Project Sunroof
Island of Ta’u goes 100% solar

Alexa, what can I make with chicken & mushrooms?
Allrecepies

mobile & enterprise are keys to VR & AR scale

VR shopping

MyVirtual Model
Tag Along Shopping Patent
Sears Second Life Walkthrough

Star Wars laser battle quadcopters
Use the force… to make coffee

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Episode 48 – Live at the Bean

A miracle occurs and our three co-hosts (Phaedra, Michael M. and Michael R.) all end up at the same location, at the same time, on the same day to record a Live show at our favorite coffee shop, BeanTraders. We begin by looking at how storytelling has changed over the years, and wonder if games like Haunting Melissa are the future, or just an expensive look into the past. We look into how incentives can back fire and what kind of cool games you could play for improved boarding of airplanes, and end the show looking at the latest startup festival in Durham, NC. So sit back, brew yourself a nice cup of BeanTraders Coffee (yes they do ship their beans!) and enjoy Games At Work dot Biz!!

Photographic Evidence:

Live from the Bean!

Live from the Bean!


The Michael’s

Links:
Haunting Melissa
JRR Tolkien – Biography
Thumb Wrestling
Lucha Libre
Rock’em Sock’em Robots
Paradoxo
Palinka
Cherry Coke
World of Coca-Cola
Bean Traders

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Episode 18 – Don’t Kill Your Pigs

The Michaels welcome our new co-host Phaedra Boinodiris. Phaedra just returned from the Serious Play Conference and provides us some insights in to the state of Play at work. We then discuss a listener recommended post on the “Six”, count them “SIX” reasons why gamification will rule the world! Okay, by now we are all sick of that term, but it seems to be sticking and we have to talk about it. Listen to Michael rip apart the post. Thank you to our listener for providing this link! And finally we discuss fantasy leagues and what value they provide. So sit back, pour a nice cup of coffee and let us know what you think! (We apologize for some of the audio difficulties we had this week and are working to improve this in future episodes).

Links:
Serious Play ConferenceM
Phaedra’s presentation
Time Magazine and Gamification
CDC Zombie Apocalypse
Small Ball
Gamification and HypeCurve

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Episode 00003 – Where’s the Work in it?

This week we provide some games and talk about the underlying work related benefit.   Andy and Michael R, hold down the show while Michael M is off this week.  We talk about Google’s now defunct image match and how Google wanted to drive better search on their Image search. That became part of the metadata for the images.  We also discuss Michael’s addiction to Tiny Tower and recent news regarding Zynga’s copy cat game.Andy proves Leo Laporte wrong, in that there are many good podcasts for developers including:
The ChangeLog – podcast
This Developer’s Life – Podcast
The Web Ahead – Podcast
FLOSS Weekly – Podcast
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