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Over Coffee® is on Thanksgiving hiatus. We hope you had a safe and healthy holiday. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of one of our top episodes of 2020. (Photo courtesy of Amy Peck, and used with permission.) How might VR and AR be helpful, as we navigate the holiday season? Amid the turbulence that has been 2020, immersive technology strategist Miche…
 
Over Coffee® is on Thanksgiving hiatus. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of one of our most popular episodes of 2020–and have a safe and healthy holiday. In August, Erica had filmed some of the preliminary scenes for her upcoming movie, “b”. Her director said she was excited about the project: she has the starring role. And she was doing well in her M…
 
What might artificial intelligence–and machine learning–mean to your future? More, perhaps, than we can imagine today. According to professor/technologist/entrepreneur J. Scott Christianson, machine learning may soon be a core element of everyday life. And the effects can be much more positive than people tend to think. With the right focus, Scott …
 
Two Events! One Registration! As an Over Coffee® listener, use discount code OVERCOFFEE when you register today at steamcalifornia.org for this year’s virtual California STEAM Symposium Dec. 11-13, 2020! You’ll get full access to #CASTEAM20 and the Nov. 17th Pre-Conference. (Image courtesy of CDE Foundation, and used with permission.) Teaching is a…
 
Mark your calendar–TechDay Online happens November 17th! And it’s going to be an unprecedented gathering of leaders from three major innovation hubs. “I think the learning we’ll be offering people is world-class,” says TechDay HQ President and Continental Expositions Owner/President Walter Charnizon. Normally, TechDay, the world’s largest producer …
 
(Image courtesy of Two Bit Circus, and used with permission.) Technology plus imagination always equals fun, with Two Bit Circus. This time, they’re applying that equation to all of us self-isolating at home. Their new creation, Two Bit Circus REMOTE, will give you a chance to add fun to your Thursday nights, free! And now, you can book Two Bit Cir…
 
An Over Coffee® special-edition podcast Halloween, 2020, is going to be largely virtual. Think virtual costume competitions, staying-in events and at-home entertainment. Fortunately, a number of creatives, at the intersection of art and science, are up for the challenge. For this special-edition podcast, we’re profiling three previous guests whose …
 
(Photo courtesy of Michele Frances, and used with permission.) Austin robot enthusiast Luke Keyes hated the idea of cancelling trick-or-treat this year. Halloween is his favorite holiday. Pre-pandemic, he and his wife shared their enthusiasm for candy and technology with small visitors through a “haunted science lab” which Luke and his fellow maker…
 
(Logo courtesy of UNICEF USA, and used with permission.) For Trick or Treat for UNICEF, 2020 is a landmark year. It’s the seventy-year anniversary of the beloved program. And this year, Trick or Treat for UNICEF is going virtual! Ryan Modjeski is Managing Director of UNICEF Ventures. In response to the pandemic, he and his team created the new all-…
 
(Royalty-free image by Paolo Ghedini from Pixabay.) What if you had the opportunity to create and implement new immersive technology? And what if the creative process were ongoing, as you took your creations ever further? That’s exactly what’s happening for VR, AR and XR subject-matter expert Geoff Bund. Geoff serves as Head of Business Development…
 
(Royalty-free image by StockSnap from Pixabay).For filmmaker Deepak Chetty, immersive technology is a path to storytelling. As a cinematographer, writer, visual-effects artist and director, Deepak describes himself as an "XR explorer". And he's teaching fellow creatives to create immersive and interactive content, as well.At the University of Texas…
 
Innovation in education is critical to our society, says One Digital Consulting Founder and CEO Carlos J. Ochoa. And virtual- and augmented-reality applications are central to his vision for the future.Carlos and his team have already created a number of free digital resources, to empower educators.Carlos, who is both the President of the VR/AR Ass…
 
(Photo courtesy of VRARA, and used with permission.)How would you like to learn about augmented, virtual and mixed reality, in applications you may never have imagined? And you get to do it virtually, over three days, courtesy of experts from all around the world? That's exactly the opportunity the VR/AR Association would like to offer you, with th…
 
CDE Foundation STEAM Program Manager Karyn Warner.(Photo courtesy of CDE Foundation, and used with permission.)Fall semester 2020 looks vastly different from previous years. For Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation STEAM Program Manager Karyn Warner, going virtual has been the key to serving teachers, students and parents.Together with CD…
 
(Photograph ©2019, Josh New, and used with permission.)Virtual reality, plus humanitarian goals, may equal a better world. And that's the vision with which International Reacue Committee Emergency Accountability Coordinator Elena Chopyak is working. She's creating a new pilot program which uses VR to accomplish IRC's training goals.Nonprofit Intern…
 
An Over Coffee® special-edition podcastRobots used to be the stars of sci-fi. Today they show up all over the place. They can be fun, educational, or literally lifesaving.Over the years of producing Over Coffee®, we've had the privilege of seeing some incredibly cool robots. Here are just a few personal favorites--and the ways you can get involved …
 
"Erica" humanoid robot at the Japan section of Eureka Park® during CES® 2020, Las Vegas.Erica is ready for her closeup. And her medium shot, long shot and anything else in the script. As the star of the upcoming $70 million dollar science-fiction movie "b", she'll be a pioneer of sorts.That's because Erica is a humanoid, created at Osaka University…
 
(Photograph courtesy of Natalia Pinilla Rivera, ©2020 Kiwibot, and used with permission.)"This is just the beginning. I want to change the world," says Kiwibot Head Designer Alejandro Otalora. And he's continuusly using his creativity to do exactly that.Alejandro excels at designing autonomous vehicles. In the past, he's won international competiti…
 
Makers Making Change Community Coordinator Zee Kesler. (Photo courtesy of The Neil Squire Society, and used with permission.)Makers Making Change is expanding their network of creativity and empowerment. And they'd like to invite you to bring your maker skills and join them. Since late 2019, they've been opening new chapters. They need both Communi…
 
(Photograph courtesy of Heather Dodds, and used with permission.)Virtual events allow lots of room for creativity, says senior XR researcher, designer and author Heather Dodds. Heather, who has a Ph.D. in virtual worlds, creates and produces events in VR and XR. In June, she co-chaired the 2020 Immersive Learning Research Network conference. She an…
 
HYPERVSN USA Regional Director Ed Teller(Photo courtesy of HYPERVSN, and used with permission.)How do you create magic with technology? London-based HYPERVSN has that down to a science. They've designed the world's first holographic 3D display system.And "eye-catching" doesn't come close to describing the way their units grab everyone's attention. …
 
A special-edition Over Coffee® podcast!We admit it. Like many other Southern Californians, we love the Orange County Fair. And tomorrow, July 17th, is IT--Opening Day! This time, it's virtual. Here's the link!Since 1890, the OC Fair's been a summertime celebration for Costa Mesa. Normally, the festivities start just after the Fourth of July and con…
 
(Photo courtesy of Emory Craig, and used with permission.)"It's an exciting journey," says futurist and Digital Bodies co-founder and CEO Emory Craig. He's referring to the current developments in VR, AR and XR--and where they're headed in the future.Front and center? Education. Currently, Emory and his Digital Bodies co-founder, Maya Georgieva, ar…
 
Due to a "sick" computer, our normally-scheduled episode will be posted later this week. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of one or our most popular episodes of 2020.Robots are one more tool in the arsenal against COVID-19. And Eugene Demaitre, senior editor of The Robot Report, sees them being put to use in numerous ways to fight the pandemic.Sterili…
 
(Photo courtesy of James Hung, and used with permission>)"We want you...to experience history flowing around you," says Electric Funstuff Founder and CEO David Langendoen. And that's exactly what happens for middle-school students, as they play Mission: US. But their experience will be unlike any online games--or any educational experiences--they'v…
 
An Over Coffee® special-edition podcast!What if you were planning the Orange County Fair--and then a pandemic forced you to cancel it?For Terry Moore and the Fair's Board of Directors, the answer wound up being, "go virtual". "We wanted to bring a little bit of joy during this pandemic," says Terry, who is Director of Communications at the Orange C…
 
(Royalty-free image by Nick Gesell from Pixabay.)Creativity, plus technology, equals magic. That's an equation which Brian Collins puts into practice, on a regular basis.As founder of Orlando-based consulting firm The Brainstorm Institute, Brian combines emerging technologies with imagination. The result: unique experiences for clients in the trave…
 
(Photo courtesy of Dr. James M. Bower, and used with permission.)Technically, Whyville is a virtual world--for kids.But that description falls far short of doing it justice. Whyville, which Pasadena-based educational software company Numedeon introduced in 1999, was the first game-based learning world on the Internet. It contains over 100 games and…
 
(Photo courtesy of Alli Westover, NASA HUNCH, and used with permission.)Congratulations to the 2020 NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge winners! And to NASA OSU Project Engineer Allison Westover and her team, who had a considerable challenge, as well. Alli, as she prefers to be called, serves as Program Manager for NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge. In norma…
 
An Over Coffee® special-edition podcast(Royalty-free image by 272447 from Pixabay)During the most turbulent times, creativity and innovation are implements of healing. Nowhere is that better illustrated than with space exploration.On Saturday, May 30th, NASA marked a historic first. Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley successfully launched…
 
(Photo courtesy of Aditya Vishwanath, and used with permission.)"VR is not a silver bullet," says Inspirit VR Cofounder Aditya Vishwanath. But, he says, when it's human-centric, virtual reality can boost both learning skills and student confidence in the classroom. And he's talking abour higher education, as well as grades 6-12.Aditya, who is a Kni…
 
(Photo courtesy of The Wild, and used with permission.)"It will reshape the world," says Gabe Paez, Founder and CEO of Portland-based immersive-technology platform The Wild. He's talking about the new option which his XR technology allows creative teams from all over the world.The Wild now gives designers and architects the option of immediate, han…
 
With this year's VR/AR Global Summit Online Conference and Expo, the VR/AR Association ventures into new territory.For the first time, their popular conference will be entirely virtual. And the contest focuses on a new audience: everyone who may need to use immersive technology in the future.In other words, everyone.Another first? Access to the thr…
 
(Photograph courtesy of Roybi, and used with permission.) Roybi Robot is cute, interactive--and covering brand-new ground. As a "smart" toy, about the size of a small teddy bear, this robot is customizable to young users, ages three to seven.Designed to teach language and STEM principles, Roybi uses AI to learn a child's interests. Once customized,…
 
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Meet the Music is a fun and engaging chamber music concert geared to students in grades four through six.(Photo courtesy of LACO, and used with permission.)Chamber music that reflects grade-school students' lives? A classical program that's informal, nontraditional--and uses kids' creative input?That's exactly what L…
 
(Royalty-free image by Lutz Peter from Pixabay.)When the pandemic struck, Orlando's nonprofit Maker Effect Foundation had one question:"How can we help?" Their solution: creation of the Maker Effect COVID-19 Maker Response Team.And using their 3D printers, laser-cutting and various other skills, they're now making and delivering provide personal pr…
 
(Photograph courtesy of Amy Peck, and used with permission.) Can immersive technology allow us to create a better world? Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, immersive technology strategist Michelle Excell sees, and guides others in, the ways that might happen.Michelle, who is the founder of hybrid consultancy and production collective The Antipodean,…
 
Are robots ready for a widespread role in battling the coronavirus pandemic? Not quite yet, says Eugene Demaitre, senior editor of The Robot Report. But they're evolving in that direction.Sanitizing, delivering, assisting medical professionals and even monitoring general health are among the tasks of which robots are currently capable. And when the…
 
(Photograph courtesy of Ella Pravetz, and used with permission.)How can twenty-first century technology teach kids to love to read? Living Popups CEO Cheryl Bayer has an imaginative and entertaining answer.Her Santa Monica-based content platform/media company, Living Popups, has enhanced a beloved classic, The Boxcar Children, with augmented realit…
 
"We will get through this," says futurist, XR consultant and Forbes columnist Charlie Fink. Charlie, who is currently writing his third book, sees the current coronavirus pandemic drastically changing our society. And he sees XR--which is the subject of his book--as a central part of future life.However, he says, no one can predict the ways in whic…
 
Royalty-free image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayRumii is available, free, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now--what is Rumii? And why might you want to use it?Quite simply, it's a virtual-reality platform that allows up to forty people--from all over the world--to meet and interact in one virtual space. Participants can collaborate on a project, look …
 
What is Design for Good in the Classroom? As artist, visual arts educator and designer Travis Sevilla teaches it, it's a project-based curriculum that makes a difference.Travis shows Canyon Crest Academy students, grades nine through twelve, how to start with design thinking. Projects combine the STEAM disciplines--science, technology, engineering,…
 
Due to unforeseen technical issues, our regularly-scheduled Over Coffee® episode will air next Monday, March 16th at 12:01 am. Please enjoy this repost of one of our all-time most popular interviews!What does it take, to be an astronaut? Especially since NASA is currently accepting applications from candidates who would ultimately like to explore t…
 
On March 9, 2020, 16,000 students will experience a field trip they'll never forget. Their hosts: the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club. And the field trip is the Ducks' unique "First Flight Field Trip".As part of the Ducks' free S.C.O.R.E. program, the students, grades 3-6, will be visiting the Honda Center. In the context of hockey, they'll be learning s…
 
Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo by Kate Russell, courtesy of Meow Wolf, and used with permission.).What is Meow Wolf? A DIY arts and music community? An immersive experience, based on emerging technology plus storytelling? A learning space with regular workshops, entertainment and art therapy? A network of creative…
 
Jimu Robot kits are far more than "toys". Global AI and robotics company UBTECH has developed these robotics kits to teach children STEM skills in a playful and imaginative way. The goal: to have the young roboticists learn by creating and programming their robots.During CES® 2020 in Las Vegas in January, Jeff Gordon was onsite, displaying his comp…
 
(Royalty-free image by Gerd Altman, from Pixabay.)During a festival, art, competition, and music aren't unusual.But getting to experience them in virtual reality really is. And that's exactly the opportunity which the Global VR Art Fest and Tournament will be offering attendees!The Global VR Art Fest and Tournament starts off in London on Thursday,…
 
BlueFox-Lifeline wrist computer innovator David Busch knows how quickly someone can drown. Tragically, he's has seen drowning incidents occur, in both his own life, and in his career. And ultimately, witnessing these tragedies led him to create a wearable to prevent similar incidents.David has a background in the recreation industry. As a serial en…
 
(Photo courtesy of Bad VR, and used with permission.)Bad VR is in the empowerment business. And at the helm is Suzanne Borders, CEO and co-founder. What her L.A.-based startup does, specifically, is translate data into easily-understandable virtual-reality and augmented reality experiences. They're the world's first immersive data visualization pla…
 
What if you could put anything you wanted--in lights--on your backpack? And, what if you could animate that design or message? As well as change it, any time you wanted?That's exactly what's possible with Pix.Pix is a Ukraine-based startup, which has created the world's first LED-light customizable backpacks.During CES® 2020, Pix co-founder and CMO…
 
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