9 episodes

Welcome to the XR Dad podcast! Alex and Logan live on opposite sides of the country but meet up in MagicLeap VR to chat about XR and their kids. They're just two XR Dad nerds chatting about what they love.

XR Dad Alex & Logan

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Welcome to the XR Dad podcast! Alex and Logan live on opposite sides of the country but meet up in MagicLeap VR to chat about XR and their kids. They're just two XR Dad nerds chatting about what they love.

    XR Dad Podcast Episode 04 - 2019 Review with Gabe Paez of The Wild

    XR Dad Podcast Episode 04 - 2019 Review with Gabe Paez of The Wild

    In this Boxing Day 2019 episode, we've joined up with Gabe Paez... in The Wild. Gabe is also an XR dad as well as the CEO and founder of said XR company, The Wild! The Wild is a collaboration platform for architecture and design teams to experience their work together in virtual and augmented reality.
     
    In this episode we cover:
    - Our kids' favorite experiences of the year (Vacation Simulator, Job Simulator, The Under, Dinosaur Kit, Project Create, Bogo, The Wild)
    - Why do kids love XR so much?
    - Oculus Quest, our favorite new device of the year
    - How easy it was to repurpose a virtual theatre built for High Fidelity desktop VR into The Wild
    - Selection via raycasts vs hand radius
    - Public vs Private information when in VR
    - Magic Leap's clipping plane is a problem for kids
    - Logan's new company: Argyle, effortless AR tracking on the construction site
    - What you can do in VR vs AR vs IRL (the real world)
    - What 2020 has in store for XR (Tilt Five, faster boot times, further friction reduction) and why it's NOT a "make or break" year ... and much much more!
     
    Video version:  https://www.xr-dad.com/post/2019-recap-with-gabe-paez-of-the-wild
     
    Reach out on Twitter:
    Gabe - https://twitter.com/gzeap
    Alex - https://twitter.com/ibrews
    Logan - https://twitter.com/CptnRadbeard
     
    Other Links:
    https://thewild.com
    https://argyle.build
    https://www.agilelens.com
    https://www.xr-dad.com
    https://xrdad.podbean.com/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Giant Gingerbread House

    Giant Gingerbread House

    Archive episode from July 2019, but actually more fitting to release it near Christmas of 2019 (the footage is actually from Christmas 2018... extra confusing!) Video available here: https://youtu.be/H7Y_6uIGoaU
    Using photogrammetry (Recap pro) and Unity 3D, Logan blew up his kid's first gingerbread house to the size of a house and let him explore it in virtual reality. And you can to! Photogrammetry - https://www.autodesk.com/products/recap/overview Game engine - https://unity.com/ VR - https://www.vive.com/us/ As usual, if you want access to his build, send him a message and I'll put it up in a usable format.

    • 4 min
    XR Dad Podcast Episode 03 - IRL - March 2019

    XR Dad Podcast Episode 03 - IRL - March 2019

    Welcome to the XR Dad podcast! Alex and Logan live on opposite sides of the country but meet up in meat-space at the Agile Lens office in NYC to chat about XR and their kids. They're just two XR nerds chatting about what they love.
    Topics covered: (coming soon)
    (Archive Episode from March 2019. No video version available)

    • 59 min
    XR Dad Podcast Episode 02 - High Fidelity - February 2019

    XR Dad Podcast Episode 02 - High Fidelity - February 2019

    (Archive Episode from February 2019. Video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPVfbwgty98)
    Welcome to the XR Dad podcast! Alex and Logan live on opposite sides of the country but meet up in High Fidelity to chat about XR and their kids. They're just two XR nerds chatting about what they love.
    Topics covered:SolAR System and Google Earth VRTV ShowsHigh Fidelity - social world / live events (see video)Child destructionChild safetyRec RoomBeat SaberWhy having kids with big heads is great for VRHololens 2Valve new headsetPrototyping using Magic Leap’s Project Create
    Stuff:Alex (twitter.com/ibrews youtube.com/ibrews) Too Hip Podcast - http://toohippodcast.com/post/182220561187/episode-003-with-alex-coulombe-vr-ninjaSimply Complex Podcast - http://simplycomplex.sharedcoordinates.com/SXSW “Producing Live Performance in VR” - https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/events/PP93017Total Chaos: “VR and Architecture: A Strange Symbiosis” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWlV4NgVWjo
    Logan (https://twitter.com/cptnradbeard) IBS https://www.buildersshow.com/Search/V... Silicon Valley Hackathon https://aechackathon.com/silicon-vall...

    • 45 min
    Google Earth VR - Even better than Encarta 95 !

    Google Earth VR - Even better than Encarta 95 !

    Vlog Episode 6: Riffing off Logan's last episode, we continue to explore the theme of XR's usefulness in exploring scale. Because I (Alex) am not cool enough to program my own AR app, and Alasdair already loves Google Earth, we started there, progressed into "Smash! Smash! Smash!" and even managed to fit in some VR swim-time.



    Anyone remember Encarta 95? As a kid I couldn't get enough of exploring that awesome 2.5D world.


     





    Also, Google Earth has been great for helping Alasdair understand places that we encounter in books (check out "Architecture for Babies") as well as in my travels. In the past year I've been all over the world and it's become a standard ritual to come home and show Alasdair the places I went to and what I did there.
    He thinks it's all pretty cool, but mostly he just wants to go into the water :)
    Vlog version at: https://www.xr-dad.com/blog/ep06-google-earth-vr-even-better-than-encarta-95
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    • 7 min
    ARKit with Unity - Scale SolAR System

    ARKit with Unity - Scale SolAR System

    Vlog Episode 5: Did you ever read the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy? This was my favorite book for most of my childhood. The introduction to the book within the book perfectly encapsulates what I want to talk about today….

    Space it says is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely mind-boggling big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space…

     Join Logan on a trek through space and his quest to teach his XR Dad mini-me how vastly big our universe really is.
     
    Using ARKit with Unity on an iPad, they drop into a truly scaled solar system (rare, actually). You can walk from planet to planet to get a feel for interplanetary distances.

    Vlog version of this episode:https://www.xr-dad.com/blog/ep05-arkit-with-unity-scale-solar-system 
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    • 5 min

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