Episode 188 – Star Wars Bucks

With the opening of the latest installation of the Star Wars saga this weekend, Michael and Michael start off this episode, recorded a week earlier, with the new AR capabilities of the Star Wars app.  Michael M, being the enterprising person that he is, boldly managed to try this out by loading up the image on a website to allow the AR experience to work.

The newest Starbucks opened in Shanghai and in addition to being the largest in the world, coming in at 30,000 sq ft, is also AR-enabled.  Visitors to this Starbucks can walk around with their AR-enabled phone to learn more about the inner workings of this Starbucks, earning badges to receive a custom roastery photo filter when all the badges are collected.

Michael M was fascinated by the way the Kuri robot emotes by changing the shape of the eyes using “eyelids” that come up from the bottom of the eyes, as well as from the top.  Michael R shared an intriguing app that reads audio waveforms, which the PhonoPaper app describes as “the 2D audio barcode (by analogy with the QR-code)”

Selected Links

The First Order Arrives… In The Star Wars App — http://www.starwars.com/news/the-first-order-arrives-in-the-star-wars-app

The Star Wars App — http://www.starwars.com/games-apps/star-wars-app

Mashable article:  The world’s biggest Starbucks outlet is also AR-enhanced — http://mashable.com/2017/12/05/starbucks-shanghai-outlet

Wired article:  The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot — https://www.wired.com/story/the-genesis-of-kuri/

Rosie the robot from the Jetsons — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Jetsons_characters#Rosie

Twiki the robot from Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century — http://buckrogers.wikia.com/wiki/Twiki

IEEE Spectrum article:  New Carbon Nanotube Sheets Claim World’s Top Heat-Sink Performance — https://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotechnology/new-carbon-nanotube-sheets-claim-worlds-top-heatsink-performance

Handbrake — https://handbrake.fr

Apple App Store article:  From Hit Game to Arcade Sensation — https://itunes.apple.com/us/story/id1309536407

Kate Bush’s album Ariel — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_(album)

PhonoPaper app — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/phonopaper/id865947553?mt=8

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Episode 183 – Enhanced Reality

Michael & Michael talk about the promise of bots who listen into meetings, take notes & action items on your behalf, entering them into your tool of choice for follow up.  Talk about the power of the pen — and quite a step up from “Alexa, add eggs to my grocery list”.

Michael R brings up the fact that we’re still in a generation 1.1 world when it comes to AR — really in the beginning stages.  Starting point will be in enterprise and entertainment before AR applications begin to really show up outside of these areas.

Intriguing question:  are the Stormtrooper’s helmets augmented reality viewing devices?  What do you think?

It’s Only A Model
Michael and Michael talk about 3D models launching off the example of Sketchfab and move quickly to the concept of integrating blockchain for provenance.

Looping back to the start of this episode, the Macworld article speculating on Apple’s work on a head up display to allow people to interact with the world through augmented reality lenses that are wearable, and not something that the user needs to hold in front of their eyes makes sense, and will be the breakthrough method to truly accelerate the use of the technology.  Do you think that this is the main hurdle to mass adoption and use?  Let us know!

Selected links 

zoom.ushttp://zoom.us/

Zoom, the 1970s children’s TV show — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoom_(1972_TV_series)

TechCrunch article: Zoom brings a dash of augmented reality and artificial intelligence to meetings in latest release — https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/26/zoom-brings-a-dash-of-augmented-reality-and-artificial-intelligence-to-meetings-in-latest-release/

Zoomtopia — http://zoomtopia.us

Meta — http://www.metavision.com

Meta blog: Check Out What Our Partners Have Achieved with Meta — https://blog.metavision.com/the-meta-2-now-supports-rendering-of-steam-vr-applications

Uncanny Valley — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley

TechCrunch article: Sketchfab’s app may be the best way to try ARKit — https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/26/sketchfabs-app-might-be-the-best-way-to-try-arkit/

Sketchfab — https://sketchfab.com

Thingiverse — https://www.thingiverse.com

Adobe Capture CC app — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-capture-cc/id1040200189?mt=8

Blockchain — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain

Camelot (It’s only a model) —

Macworld article: Why Apple is probably working on a heads-up display — https://www.macworld.com/article/3229744/consumer-electronics/why-apple-is-probably-working-on-a-heads-up-display.html

The making of Ren & Stimpy documentary Indigogo — http://www.slashfilm.com/happy-happy-joy-joy-ren-and-stimpy-documentary/

What games are the hosts playing?

Michael M: Star Trek Timelines — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-trek-timelines/id1001250333?mt=8

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Episode 179 – May The Merch Be With You

BB-9E augmented reality

In honor of Force Friday part deux, Michael and Michael geek out on all the awesomeness that is Star Wars merchandise now available for sale.

You could use have a Lenovo-enabled lightsaber battle.

You could build your own R2-D2 with a littleBits kit.

You could own your very own Corellian freighter of your very own, putting together over 7,500 pieces in the new, and most awesome Millennium Falcon model from Lego.

Switching gears, the team discusses the interaction among & between conversational artificial intelligences, and how they could do a platform of platform strategy play to talk with other AIs to gain the benefit of those services, all via natural language as the interface.

You’ll find drones, droids and how to do much more in this episode!

Selected links 

Star Wars iOS app — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-wars/id960108075?mt=8

Business Insider article:  The hype around ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is kicking into high gear — here’s what Disney just announced — http://www.businessinsider.com/new-star-wars-the-last-jedi-toys-2017-8

Battle Chess (Commodore 64) — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Chess

Archon — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archon:_The_Light_and_the_Dark

TechCrunch article:  The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit lets you build an R2-D2 of your very own — https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/31/the-littlebits-droid-inventor-kit-lets-you-build-an-r2-d2-of-your-very-own/

Nerdist article:  New Lego Millennium Falcon Is The Largest Set Ever — http://nerdist.com/star-wars-lego-millennium-falcon-largest-set-ever/http://nerdist.com/star-wars-lego-millennium-falcon-largest-set-ever/

TechCrunch article:  Bragi’s Dash and Dash Pro wireless earbuds to get Amazon Alexa — https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/01/bragis-dash-and-dash-pro-wireless-earbuds-to-get-amazon-alexa/

TechCrunch article: Nobody is going to ask Cortana to talk to Alexa — https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/31/nobody-is-going-to-ask-cortana-to-talk-to-alexa/

Dark Sky — https://darksky.net/app

TechCrunch article: Google reveals the top things people want to find out ‘How to” do — https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/01/google-reveals-the-top-things-people-want-to-find-out-how-to-do/

How to Fix a Toilet — http://how-to-fix-a-toilet.com

Icon Factory — https://iconfactory.com

The Noun Project — https://thenounproject.com

An Event Apart Josh Clark: The Tools I Use — https://aneventapart.com/news/post/josh-clark-the-tools-i-use

The Durham Savoyards — http://durhamsavoyards.org

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Episode 176 – I Got Slimed!

Who you gonna call?  Three friends, we hope, to rush over to Madam Tussaud’s Ghostbusters Experience to check out the Void’s “Hyper-Reality” take on your becoming a Ghostbuster, and immersing yourselves in a full body simulation, where you can walk around wherever you wish within the bounds of the simulation.  This is different from the classic VR experiences where you are tethered to a small location by the wire on your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.  From the YouTube video, this mixed reality experience overlays the special effects of the Ghostbusters world over real world objects, wearing a proton accelerator and headset while interacting on a stage specially built for this experience.  Michael and Michael discovered this while reading up on the new virtual reality Star Wars experience that The Void is working on with Disney.  If the Star Wars version is as good as the Ghostbusters experience, Star Wars fans are going to be in for a treat!  Michael R shared some links related to the Avatar movie, and Disney’s other immersive experience/rides for people to enjoy the Na’vi world.

Selected links 

TechCrunch Article: Crunch Report | Virtual Reality Star Wars Experience Is Coming to Disney Parks — https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/03/crunch-report-virtual-reality-star-wars-experience-is-coming-to-disney-parks/

NY Times Article: Virtual-Reality ‘Star Wars’ Attractions Coming to Disney Malls —  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/business/media/virtual-reality-star-wars-attractions-coming-to-disney-malls.html

YouTube Video:  iOS 11 Wingnut AR SURREAL Demo || Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAsxW5YtWrM

YouTube Video:  Behind the Scenes of Pandora – The World of Avatar | Disney’s Animal Kingdom — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URSOqWtLix4

YouTube Video:  [4K] Avatar Land Boat Ride – Na’vi River Journey – Pandora – Animal Kingdom — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FciaHToIQMM

The Void — https://www.thevoid.com

Madam Tusseaud’s Ghostbusters Experience —https://ghostbusters.madametussauds.com

Vimeo Video:  Ghostbusters: Dimension Hyper Reality Experience at Madame Tussauds New York — https://vimeo.com/207167385

TechCrunch Article:  LinkedIn is rolling out a free service to pair users with mentors — https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/03/linkedin-is-rolling-out-a-free-tinder-style-service-to-pair-users-with-mentors/

Seveneves wikipedia article — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seveneves

TechCrunch Article:  These tiny modular ‘microbots’ can change shape to capture single cells — https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/04/tiny-modular-microbots-can-change-shape-to-capture-single-cells/

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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

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Episode 153 – Chicken and Mushrooms

solarroof
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.

Drop us a line with your ideas and thoughts about digital convergence on Twitter or Facebook!

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 146 – Archive Edition

The Michael’s record a brand new episode after the last attempt had major sound and recording issues (and no, Michael R. didn’t forget to hit record). We have fun going back over a few stories that are a week or so old, but are still more relevant than not. We talk about autonomous cars and traffic jams, hash jackers, Apple’s cleaning of the app store, BB-8 Bands, and cool trips Drone courses.

Show Links:
Autonomous cars completely eliminate traffic jams
Hashtags are worthless
Apple Cleans House!
Sphero’s BB-8 Band
Real-Life Tron course for you Drone
Obligatory iOS10 reference

Games we are playing:
Groove Coaster
Dungeon Boss
Infinity Gene

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Episode 135 – Hear! Hear! for the Hearables!

The Michael’s are enjoying the pollen covered world of North Carolina as we discuss Twitter Bots, Self Tying shoes, Kinetic Energy, Hearables, and Star Wars! The Bragi-Dash is a new “hearable” that allows you to leverage the ear canal for sensors in health and fitness. We also talk KickStarter support of two movies – Michel R. supported one about actors in the original Star Wars called “Elstree 1976” and “Meet the Patels” was supported by Michael M. We then quickly jump on the band wagon to talk briefly about Virtual Reality.

Show links:
NixieBot
Self Tying Shoes
Bragi-Dash Hearable
Elstree 1976 – Star Wars Documentary
Meet the Patels
Eye-Tracking Virtual Reality Startup
HoPiKo

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Episode 134 – Swords and Virtual Realities

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Michael R and Phaedra are back after a prolonged absence, and we obsess about all kinds of conferences. Phaedra is in the middle of conference season, but joins Michael this week to look at a whole host of great ideas on MindCraft, NASA, App Challenges, Simulation, and Virtual Realities. We also take an amazing trip down memory lane to relive the Worst Game that Phaedra has ever played!

Do us a favor, drop us a five star rating on iTunes and for Review post a story on the worst game you’ve ever played!

Show Links:
Conferences
East Coast Gamers Conference
SwitchPoint Conference
Egg Salad Sandwich – no actually EdSim Challenge!

MindCraft Segment
Medical MindCraft
Microsoft Training AI with MineCraft

Space and Simulations
breveWalker App
On The Origin of Species
Timex Sinclair
The Game of Life
Nasa Space Apps Challenge
The Marge-ian Chronicles

VR Segment
IBM’s real-life Sword Art Online
Sony PlayStation and VR

Miscellaneous
Star Wars Battlefront
STEM in 30 from Air and Space Museum
PiAware
The NiceBot says “Hello”

Games we are playing
Michael R – Futurama game
Phaedra – A very old Gaming review for the Worst Game ever!

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Episode 130 – The Final Countdown


They said it would never happen, but we got all three co-hosts together for this final episode of 2015. Phaedra, Michael M. and Michael R. get together to NOT talk about Star Wars:

While we wanted to know all about the new Star Wars, but we know, you don’t want to know, until you know – you know? So we have a spoiler free show!
While we are expanding our format to more tech topics, we have a blast talking about Lego’s serious Play, we look at the state of Computer Science education with the US Department of Education, and Lego Dimensions.

Show Links:
Mabeline Star Wars Commercial
Rail Gun controller for your favorite FPS
Lego and the power of Play to Transform
Lego’s Serious Play
Lego Life of George
The Disruption Card
US Dept. of Education – Computer Science Education
Farday Future
Google and Ford partner for self driving cars
Coffee Shop Sounds
Merlot Infused Coffee

Year end games:
Michael R. Book review of Learn to Code in Swift
Phaedra B. Lego Dimensions
Michael M. Settlers of Catan

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