Episode 106 – Stick it on your face

Face Computer from CES

Face Computer from CES


The Michaels are back for a fun show talking augmented reality and the future of the Microsoft Hololens. We look at VR vs. AR, Oculus vs. Hololens, and what is Google’s play with the reboot of Glass? We also look at a great game you can play at the Air & Space Museum. Could that game benefit from Hololens? And finally we decide to take some downtime from our mobile devices, thanks to the team at New Tech City and their Bored and Brilliant challenge.

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Show Links:
Microsoft Hololens
It’s no joke
History games at Air and Space
New Tech CityBored and Brilliant
Moment
Utopia Limited
IBM InterConnect 2015
Lego Movie Game

References:
Yelp Monocole
Glass Back to the Drawing Board
TechQuest
@newtechcity
On The Media Podcast
On The Media on Facebook

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Episode 81 – One Step Beyond

This week the Michael’s talk about a few cool things that they’ve been up to over the last two weeks. Michael M. talks about how augmented reality can be used in the modern manufacturing facility. While Michael R. Talks about augmented reality is being experienced with his new set of Google Glass. And then we take it ONE STEP BEYOND into 3D Printing! Drop us comments on your thoughts on any of our social sites, including this blog!

Show Links:
Hannover Messe
SmartFactoryOWL
Cement Pond
Training Robots
Don’t be a GlassHole
Five Days with Glass
Glass-Glasses Adapter
Filament Mount
Printing 10 houses in a day
3d House Printer

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Episode 64 – Nimble Games – AKA A tiny show

We do another short show, catching up on Google Glass and the latest game from Nimble BIT Games. Michael M. has decided that 8-bit trains are a great way to understand logistics; while Michael R. enjoys meeting all the google-ites who hung out in Durham last week at the American Tobacco Campus. After last week’s show were we thought how you could use Google Glass for remote learning, Michael R. decides that it is not only possible, but that it makes a lot of sense with how it actually worked. The only disappointment about the Google Event was that he couldn’t give them lots of cash and actually buy a pair! We also talk about our Favorite Co-Host, who is still on vacation – We miss you Phaedra!!

Show Links
Escapist Expo
Google Glass
American Tobacco Campus
Nimble Bits
Disney – Star Wars Rumor

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Episode 63 – The Real Neuromancer

Phaedra is out on a well deserved vacation, and the Michael’s spend time thinking about cyber punk novels and current technology. We fight thru a few audio hiccups, but still come in with some deep thoughts. Hanging out and talking about how William Gibson’s Neuormancer is starting to be a reality with some of today’s tech, including Oculus Rift, Google Glass, and smart phones.

But first we have to ask:

Can you teach yourself Kung Fu with augmented reality?


Are you ready for the Tree house of Horror!!!???!!!

Show Links:
Michael R’s iPhone5s Love
William Gibon’s Neuromancer
Game play based on Neuromancer
Bionic Contact Lenses

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Episode 51 – Tea. Bojangles. Hot.

Dan Brown's Inferno

Dan Brown’s Inferno

Phaedra and Michael M riff on a number of topics, ranging from Dan Brown’s most recent book to embeddable computing games.  The premise of Dan Brown’s Inferno, which focuses on the rapidly expanding human population on Earth provides a launchpad for thinking about how games have helped people work through very difficult situations.  Phaedra mentions that the recently discovered 3 super earths could be a solution.

Mobile isn’t just something you can do with your thumb.  While today’s mobile devices are ones that you hold in your hand, as in a smartphone or tablet, it is easy to imagine that the interface and interaction will be via voice, gesture or thought in the near future.  With this in mind, Michael and Phaedra imagine what games might be like in 5 years, when games may take advantage of embeddable and wearable computing.  Phaedra postulates that MMO-style mobile games will be the rage, with people within a certain radius will be flagged as a “level 25 mage” coming up the escalator next to you.  Michael adds that a subdermal computing device may vibrate to alert you to the presence of that character in the game, and Phaedra adds that Google Glass may show that person as the character.  Gazoom!  Laser tag where you use your body to shoot, and you would feel it based on the devices that you are wearing.  Holographic gameboards to play chess in thin air.  People acting out stories, movies, books together in the same space, or in specially designed rooms hundreds of miles away from one another.  The future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades!

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Selected show links

Dan Brown’s Inferno — http://www.danbrown.com
Super Earths — http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/06/packed-star-system-may-have-three-habitable-super-earths/
Bojangles — http://www.bojangles.com
In-n-Out Burger — http://www.in-n-out.com
Contact lenses as human augmented computing from DogearNation e119 — http://dogearnation.com/2009/09/06/dogear-nation-episode-119-heebie-jeebies/
Games for Change Conference — http://www.gamesforchange.org
Ian Bogost — http://bogost.com
Interview with Ian on e17 — http://gamesatwork.biz/2012/08/26/episode-17-things-are-weirder-than-expected/

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Episode 42 – Physiotherapy Games

The Michael’s have special guests Marilyne Lopes and Alexis Biller on this week. Marilyne is a French Physiotherapist working in the United Arab Emirates, using games and technology to help children improve balance, recovery from injuries, and cerebral palsy. Alexis, a long time listener to the show and husband of Marilyne, also brings a history of technology to the show and provides us with a sanity check on many of the medical terms. Between the two of them, we also get a great lesson in Latin!

We discuss various technologies and how they are used in therapy and speculate on what the future may hold as more and more technology goes from being high end, custom developed solutions, to more off the shelf but significantly more engaging.

Show Links:
KUUR Rehabilitationtwitter
Wii Balance Board
Google Glass
Leap Motion
Flexible Sensors
Moves App
Garmin Swim
Self Quantification
Cool Tech from London 2012 Olympic Games
Blood Oxygen Levels
Jawbone Up
Kinesio Taping
Jane McGonigal

Audio Only Games – Thank you WideawakeWesley
The Pit
Papa Sangre
Blind Side

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Episode 39 – Dating Google

While Michael M. is hiding out in central Europe, Phaedra and Michael R. have some fun speculating how you can use Google glasses while dating your customers. Well not dating your customers, but during courtship. Wait, not really courtship, but while in sales. Can Google glasses really help your sales force and your customers connect better? We think so, and so we talk about it.

Do you think that Google glasses are in your future? What business games do you foresee bring to your workplace?

Will it cause a new era of fake sincerity? Or will it cause an era of CIA like recall?

Let us know what you think!

Show Links
Google Glass Dating
Tattoos for brainwaves
Samsung S4
SciFi Influence on Tech
Apple iWatch Leaks
Google Smart Watch
Total Recall
Total Recall Tech
iEEE Webinar – Mobile DevOps – Why should you care?
Google Glass and Privacy
Google’s Data Center
Cell Phone Jammers

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