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!
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!
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. 🙂
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.