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Technology is shifting from engaging just your eyes and ears to engaging your entire body. Immersive technology and next-generation wireless networks, sometimes collectively called the Tactile Internet, will shift the fundamental relationship between humans and the technologies we invent. The transi… read more

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Moving Upstream

January 4th, 2022


In the final episode of INIT, Dave talks about his transition to a new field.

The Logic of the Tactile Internet

December 21st, 2021


Dave Birnbaum plays the role of guest in this one, and is interviewed about the possibilities for fundamental change brought about by advanced haptic …

A Hug for Your Mind

October 19th, 2021


Francois Kress is co-founder & CEO of Feelmore Labs, which makes Cove, a new type of wearable device. Discussion topics include leadership in design-driven fields, how luxury products become valuable, running health …

A Peek Inside Your Brain

September 18th, 2021


Adam Molnar is co-Founder of Neurable, a leading brain-computer interface (BCI) company. Adam is a serial enterpreneur and an inductee of Forbes 30 …

Teach the World to Listen

August 17th, 2021


Dame Evelyn Glennie is a world-leading solo percussionist and double Grammy award winner. Topics include the use of haptic devices to support …

Transforming Mental Health with VR

July 10th, 2021


Lima Jevremovic is founder and CEO of AURA, a data-driven technology platform for healing mental health disorders. She is a mixed reality experience …

Workshop – Touch Tools

July 1st, 2021


Touch Tools: Bringing Social-Sensorial Tools Into Digital Touch Design is a workshop taking place on July 5th 2021 at World Haptics conference.

Blending Brand Experiences

June 26th, 2021


Daina Middleton is CEO of Britelite Immersive, a creative technology company. Prior to joining Britelite she served as CEO of Performics, and before …

Pattern Recognition

June 12th, 2021


Suzan Oslin is a pioneer of computer animation, web design, UX, and XR. She is also a principal at a volunteer research organization called VEIL. …

Designing Curiosity

April 24th, 2021


Cassini Nazir is a Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches classes in interaction design. This episode …

The Incredible Machine

November 25th, 2020


A. Michael Noll is a pioneer of interactive technologies and computer graphics. He is credited with being one of the earliest digital artists, and is …

Textiles and Tech

November 10th, 2020


Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker who focuses on the intersection of culture, commerce, and technology. In this episode, we talk …

Panel – Multisensory Design

September 16th, 2020


This episode features the audio from a webinar called Design for Multisensory Experiences that was co-created by companies Immersion and Punchcut. …

Spatial Awareness

September 2nd, 2020


Bri Scully is the Customer Experience Manager at Spatial, a startup that creates AR collaboration tools and software. Discussion topics include XR …

The Brain Gym

August 18th, 2020


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

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Keeping In Touch in the Digital Age

July 17th, 2020


Carey Jewitt is Professor of Technology and Learning at University College London, UK. As Director of the IN-TOUCH project, her work explores how …

Sensory History

June 24th, 2020


Mark Smith is Carolina Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Topics …

Design for the Sense of Touch

June 4th, 2020


Oliver Schneider is an Assistant Professor, HCI researcher, and haptician at the University of Waterloo. Discussion topics include juicy design, …

The Art of Haptics

May 12th, 2020


Daniel Belquer is an award winning composer and intermedia artist. Discussion topics include the use of haptics in live events and concerts, creative …

Touchy Subjects

February 28th, 2020


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.

Robby …

Tactile Telepresence

February 3rd, 2020


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, …

The Mood Button

January 4th, 2020


Dr. David Rabin MD, Ph.D is a board-certified psychiatrist and translational neuroscientist. He's the Chief Innovation Officer, co-founder, and …

Panel – Insider Perspectives on Immersive Tech Trends

December 14th, 2019


Dave moderates a panel discussion about current trends in the technology and business of immersive media. Panelists are Samantha Gorman, Co-Founder …

Panel – Space Innovation with Extended Reality

December 7th, 2019


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 …

Current Issues in Haptic Interaction Design

December 2nd, 2019


Dr. Marcello Giordano is a Research Scientist at Chatham Labs with a background in human computer interaction (HCI) and haptics. He received his PhD from McGill University in Canada, where his work was concerned with …

Ghost in the Interface

November 28th, 2019


Laura Buecheler is the CEO and Co-founder of GHOST-feel it GmbH, a Berlin-based startup focusing on haptic user interfaces. She is a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur with a mission to connect different disciplines. …

Evolution of Touch Technology

November 12th, 2019


Dr. David Parisi is a professor specializing in emerging media. In this episode, we talk about his new book, Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with …

Cool Heat

November 8th, 2019


Inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Matthew Smith created the first wearable personal thermostat. In this show, he relates his experience starting his company, lessons learned through constant engagement with customers, and …

The Signal and the Noise

November 6th, 2019


Dr. Carolina Brum is an HCI expert with a background in music, gesture acquisition and signal processing. As part of Google's ATAP team, she helped …

Introducing INIT

November 6th, 2019


There’s a revolution underway – a quiet revolution of the senses.

Technology is shifting from engaging just your eyes and ears to engaging your …

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