Episode 175 – Killing the iPhone

Augmented reality and self-driving automobiles.  Two great topics that really get Michael and Michael’s engines revving!  Staring off with the Mashable articles, one of which inspired the episode name with it’s similar name, the pair talk about ways for holographic projection can be used for augmented reality without glasses.  The first example is the Hydrogen phone by the high end video camera manufacturer Red, which projects the holographic image up from the phone.  A second example from the Future Interfaces Group at Carnegie Mellon University is an augmented reality projector that fits into a lightbulb socket and projects down from the ceiling onto a desktop, and sensors connected to the projector allow the user to manipulate the user interface, dock user interfaces onto real objects like computers and books, resize them and much more.  The video above shows what they have accomplished — pretty amazing.  The namesake for this episode deals with more of the glasses-driven approach for how the next generation of augmented reality could replace the iPhone, and while this is plausible, the article does point out that the referenced patent indicates a reliance on a computer (read as a phone) that the glasses connect to.

The automotive section of this episode deals with self driving vehicles, such a the Dutch startup Amber — whose business model focuses on mobility as a service, where transportation is ready for you when you need it to be because of the predictive analytic models and the self driving vehicles optimizing traffic patterns to have a vehicle near you when you need it.  Continuing on the machine learning of fleets of self driving vehicles, the pair discuss an NPR article that focuses Alphabet’s Waymo used a fleet of Googlers driving around on their bicycles to create a model to predict how unpredictable bicyclists behave and better avoid accidents.

Things are about to get amazing.

Selected links 

Mashable article:  The world’s first glasses-free holographic phone is coming, and it’s not from Apple —   http://mashable.com/2017/07/06/red-hydrogen-holographic-phone

Red Hydrogen Phone — http://www.red.com/hydrogen

BGR article: This augmented reality projector just needs a lightbulb socket — http://bgr.com/2017/07/12/augmented-reality-projector/

BGR article: This is how Apple might ‘kill’ the iPhone — http://bgr.com/2017/07/27/iphone-ar-glasses-apple/

Venture Beat article: Amber: The Dutch self-driving startup that could beat Uber, Tesla, and Google to mass market — https://venturebeat.com/2017/07/09/amber-the-dutch-self-driving-startup-that-could-beat-uber-tesla-and-google-to-mass-market/

Amber — https://www.ambermobility.com

Mashable article: BMW and other carmakers team up to take on Waze and Google Maps —  http://mashable.com/2017/07/26/here-connected-car-real-time-traffic-service

NPR article: Bikes May Have To Talk To Self-Driving Cars For Safety’s Sake — http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2017/07/24/537746346/bikes-may-have-to-talk-to-self-driving-cars-for-safetys-sake

Way — https://waymo.com

What are the co-hosts playing these days?

Michael R — Futurama game — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow/id1207472130?mt=8

Michael M — Neko Atsume — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neko_Atsume


Episode 141 – Rose Colored Ear Buds

Michael and Michael are back this week (after another travel based hiatus) to talk about augmented reality, virtual reality, movies, games, games based on movies, code camp for kids, managing happiness, twitter, and agile development! This jammed packed episode is brought to you by the letters “A”, “R” and “V”. So sit back, listen, drop us a review or a rating, and enjoy!

Show Links:
Magic Leap Brings Star Wars To Life
Warcraft Movie! A box office smash?
Apple launches Coding Camps for Kids
Managing for Happiness
Twitter hires AR/VR Team
Training Doctors via VR
Soothing Kids with VR
Michael R – The Sandbox Game

P.S. Michael M was right… It is “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!”


Episode 80 – ExtraLife!

Phaedra and Michael R. Talk about Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, and what it may mean for gaming. We also speculate on what Facebook may do with this new technology, as well as what other players may be in the game worth watching. Michael discusses his experience with the Glyph at MacWorld this year. And while Michael get’s a number wrong, how much has been invested in Oculus already, we correct it in the links below.We then look at Prediction markets and if the wisdom of crowds is actually smarter than the CIA?

We end the show with a few quick interviews with the team at Extra-Life.org. Check them out!

Show Links:
Occulus Rift Acquired by Facebook
Occulus VR Investment to date
Sony VR Headset
Smarter than a CIA Agent?
Prediction Markets
Wisdom of Crowds
Chore-inator for kids
Age of Context – by Robert Scobble and Shae Israel
Extra-Life – Gaming to help Kids
Michael’s Day by Day Account of MacWorld
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3


Episode 34 – One Way Ticket to Mars

You too can apply for the one way ticket to Mars by participating in the www.mars-one.com other worldly event.  You need to be ready to leave planet Earth, for good.  By round three of the selection process, the TV audience, just like on American Idol, will select the group of four pioneers to travel to Mars.  There have been over 1,000 applications already, before any announcement was even made!  This is a novel way to select our future interplanetary pioneers by leveraging entertainment for funding & publicity.  Michael M and Phaedra imagine other such games that could be use to fund big, big things like this, while missing Michael R for this week’s episode.

Rounding out the episode, Michael and Phaedra touch on Facebook’s Social Graph for how friends & connections are used for better searches and Phaedra’s recent trip to Singapore.  For their saving throws, Phaedra just can’t get enough of the Mars-One story, while Michael highlights the iOS game Storm Raiders and praises Tune In Radio which provides him with WUNC FM 91.5 radio all the way in Budapest.  He is a sustainer, and glad to have his Morning Edition, even if it is in the middle of the day.  🙂

Show links:

Mars-One.com — www.mars-one.com
Truman Show — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/
Survivor — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0239195/
Mad Max — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079501/
Biosphere 2 — http://www.b2science.org 
Virginia Dare — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Dare
Steve Jobs yacht — http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/29/tech/web/steve-jobs-yacht/index.html
Love Boat — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075529/
Old Salem — http://www.oldsalem.org
Astronaut Ice Cream — http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/9e07/

 Saving Throws:

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders/id574375380?mt=8
Tune In Radio — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunein-radio-listen-to-live/id418987775?mt=8


Episode 20 – Social Live Improv

The Michaels are without Phaedra this week, and talk about improv, monkeys, and the intersection between gaming technology and social technologies. FedEx launching new Social Collaboration. Michael M doesn’t realize that Ping is dead! But They Might Be Giants lives on with custom ring tones, just like Carl Kassell on Wait, Wait, Don’t tell Me.

We also brainstorm a bit on good examples of two way conversations in social business.  Small businesses do this well, and a few of our favorites are Waze, Bojangles, Bean Traders and local gaming development community in the RTP area.

Don’t forget about Dance where you are day!