Episode Archive

Episode Archive

18 episodes of INIT since the first episode, which aired on 6 November 2019.

  • Panel – Multisensory Design

    15 September 2020  |  50 mins 18 secs
    automotive, haptics, hci, hmi, spatial web, tech, technology, voice agents

    This episode features the audio from a webinar called Design for Multisensory Experiences that was co-created by companies Immersion and Punchcut. Topics include 5G, voice agent design, spatial computing, haptics, automotive interfaces, and more. You can view the entire webinar here:

  • Spatial Awareness

    1 September 2020  |  31 mins 2 secs
    ar, productivity, remote work, spatial, spatial computing, vr, xr

    Bri Scully is the Customer Experience Manager at Spatial, a startup that creates AR collaboration tools and software. Discussion topics include XR for productivity and remote work, the cognitive effects of body movement and spatial computing, how to get a job in the tech industry, the first generation of "XR natives," AR as enabling analog-like user experience, and the social consequences of the convergence of AR and 5G.

  • The Brain Gym

    17 August 2020  |  41 mins 58 secs
    digiceuticals, health and wellness, tech, technology, vr

    Amir Bozorgzadeh is the cofounder and CEO of Virtuleap, which uses neuroscience to create VR games that aim to improve cognitive performance.

  • Keeping In Touch in the Digital Age

    16 July 2020  |  39 mins 56 secs
    aging, child development, covid-19, fashion design, industrial design, kinesis, wearables

    Carey Jewitt is Professor of Technology and Learning at University College London, UK. As Director of the IN-TOUCH project, her work explores how digital technologies shape communication, design, and the arts.

  • Sensory History

    23 June 2020  |  51 mins 45 secs
    covid-19, sensory history

    Mark Smith is Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Topics discussed in this episode include historical reenactment, immersive technology applied to historical studies, and the sensory revolution brought about by the global pandemic.

  • Design for the Sense of Touch

    3 June 2020  |  38 mins 34 secs
    ai, game design, ux

    Oliver Schneider is an Assistant Professor, HCI researcher, and haptician at the University of Waterloo. Discussion topics include juicy design, measuring the haptic user experience, standardization, tools, virtual humans, and the impact of the pandemic and tactile internet technology on the future of work.

  • The Art of Haptics

    11 May 2020  |  42 mins 9 secs
    ableton live, covid-19, not impossible

    Daniel Belquer is an award winning composer and intermedia artist. Discussion topics include the use of haptics in live events and concerts, creative tools for tactile art, the state of wearable devices, therapeutic haptics, and COVID-19 and what it means for the tactile internet.

  • Touchy Subjects

    27 February 2020  |  47 mins 2 secs
    accounting, mars, phones, plumbing, sex tech, television

    Robby Hoffman is an award-winning stand-up comedian and writer. Discussion topics include sex tech, television, haptics in mobile phones, plumbing, VR, and Mars settlement. This episode contains explicit content.

  • Tactile Telepresence

    2 February 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins
    gesture, latency, perception, space, telerobotics, xprize

    Jeremy Fishel is a roboticist and haptician, founder of Tangible Research, and co-founder and former CTO of SynTouch. In this episode, Dave talks with Jeremy about the new device he helped create, the Tactile Telerobot, which lets you manipulate robotic hands and feel what they feel. Other discussion topics include modes of human touch, evolution of tactile senses, biomimicry, the tactile internet, tactile versus visual AI, and the ANA Avatar XPrize.

  • The Mood Button

    3 January 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins
    biofeedback, cannabis, cbt, lsd, mdma, meditation, ptsd, therapy, vibration

    Dr. David Rabin MD, Ph.D is a board-certified psychiatrist and translational neuroscientist. He's the Chief Innovation Officer, co-founder, and co-inventor at Apollo Neuroscience. Discussion topics include new treatments for chronic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, biofeedback, and interventions based on tactile stimulation.

  • Panel – Insider Perspectives on Immersive Tech Trends

    13 December 2019  |  56 mins 11 secs

    Dave moderates a panel discussion about current trends in the technology and business of immersive media. Panelists are Samantha Gorman, Co-Founder and director at Tenderclaws, David Brady, CEO and Co-Founder of Cream Productions, David Gull, CEO and Founder of Outer Realm, Rene Amador, CEO of ARWall, and Mark Rickard, Founder and Executive Producer at Virtuality. This discussion occurred on November 12th, 2019, at the Digital Hollywood conference in Los Angeles.

  • Panel – Space Innovation with Extended Reality

    6 December 2019  |  48 mins 13 secs
    digital hollywood, panel

    Dave moderates a panel discussion about the use of VR, AR, and XR in space exploration and education. Panelists are Rob Ray, Senior Designer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Dr. Susan Jewell, founder of Mars Academy USA and avatarMEDIC. This discussion occurred on November 12th, 2019, at the Digital Hollywood conference in Los Angeles.

  • Current Issues in Haptic Interaction Design

    1 December 2019  |  53 mins 28 secs
    design tools, ethics, music

    Dr. Marcello Giordano is a research scientist at Chatham Labs. He has a background in HCI, music, and haptics, and previously worked at Huawei and Ultrahaptics (now Ultraleap). Discussion topics include haptic musical interfaces, metronomes and synchronization of performance groups, contrasts in experience working for small and large companies, mixed reality, ungrounded and mid-air haptics, robot and haptic ethics, and human enhancement.

  • Ghost in the Interface

    28 November 2019  |  34 mins 20 secs
    ai, neural implants, sensory substitution

    Laura Buecheler is the CEO and Co-founder of GHOST-feel it GmbH, a Berlin-based startup focusing on haptic user interfaces. Topics of discussion in this episode include product design trends, smart prosthetics, AI, sensory substitution, and neural implants.

  • Evolution of Touch Technology

    11 November 2019  |  1 hr 29 mins

    Dr. David Parisi is a professor specializing in emerging media. In this episode, we talk about his new book, Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing, which traces the iterative development of haptics across four centuries.

  • Cool Heat

    8 November 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Matthew Smith created the first wearable personal thermostat. In this show, he relates his experience starting his company, lessons learned from customers, the science of how we feel temperature and its profound impact on our subjective experiences.