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59. The Showroom Idea
Oct 16 • 35 min
Amazon has spent the last few years slowly killing off the traditional bookstore (and many other stores along the way). Now Amazon has opened a physical bookstore to help those indecisive buyers find books that might enjoy. Nordstrom is doing the same,…
58. Supplementing Your Reality
Sep 25 • 41 min
Chase can now have a Tesla anywhere he goes. The problems is, it’s invisible unless he’s looking through his iPhone’s camera. Meanwhile, Andrew has been experimenting with AR simulated board games and loves the shaky cam battle scenes. Also, Ian has a…
57. How Much is Somebody Worth?
Aug 28 • 39 min
On the face of it, $10/month seems like a great deal for unlimited movie theater tickets. That is, until you realize that there is a hidden cost to seeing every new Marvel or DC movie to hit the cinema - incessant advertisements in your email promoting…
56. Etsy for Things in Development (S2E02)
Aug 14 • 41 min
Ian pledged $50 to get a glorified selfie stick, but only half of it has been shipped. Chase spent $100 on a video game that may or may not actually be made one day. A combination of physical and psychological factors lead to successful campaigns on…
55. A Thumb Drive Full of Cat GIFs (S2E01)
Aug 7 • 43 min
Don’t call it a comeback, we’ve been here for months! That’s the song that introduced me to hip-hop, and I listened to my mp3 of it over and over before the bitrate degraded too much for WinAmp to play it anymore. It was my copy, but every time I put it…
54. Minor Differences in Creepiness
Jun 19 • 26 min
There is a fine line between creepy technology and helpful technology. Amazon, Google, and even Facebook ride very close to that line. But does that line shift? Do you know when it’s been crossed? And what drives these artificially intelligent machines? *…
53. Operation: Stolen Thunder
May 29 • 28 min
Chase graduated, and some of his family members shared the news on Facebook before he had the opportunity to do it. Now he feels petty for wishing he owned that content. * Social Media is Ruining Your Life
52. The Background Music of Your Life
May 8 • 38 min
Some people take tens of photos every month. Other people take thousands. With the immediacy and accessibility of photography in the modern world, is a photograph as meaningful or valuable as it was when you paid for film? And what do we do with out…
51. Open Offices Never Work Like That
Apr 24 • 46 min
After a week of celebrating our 1-year Birthday, the trio is back with a look at working remotely - that is, embracing the home office and still working on things that exist within the traditional business sense. It takes skill, focus, and…
50. What is TV?
Apr 10 • 33 min
If you’ve been a long time listener, you might recall episode 7, where we discussed TV consumption and streaming TV. Now, in 315-day-old follow-up, Chase has cancelled SlingTV and Ian is testing out the recently released YouTube TV. The question is,…
49. Subscribing My Life Away
Apr 3 • 35 min
Andrew borked the recording this week, so now you have to hear his crappo Skype version. Ian is happy, though, because it means less editing for him. * Vinyl Me, Please * Crema.co * Cleanly * Blue Apron * Local Harvest * Winc (Wine Subscription) * Help me…
48. A Definitive List of “The Best”
Mar 27 • 18 min
Andrew and his wife just bought a house, but now they have some renovations they’d like to do. The problem is, Andrew doesn’t have a large tool collection, and he’s not entirely sure where to start. * The Sweethome * The Wirecutter * MN Tool Library *…
47. Paying to be Advertised To
Mar 20 • 23 min
Okay, Google, turn off the lights. Here’s what I found for “turn off the lights.” Hot, single electricians in your area! Only ten dollars a minute. Call now! Did you want new lightbulbs? Your preferences indicate a desire for the maximum possible savings.…
46. Is Copying Actually Bad?
Mar 13 • 56 min
I’ve definitely seen this one before. I can’t quite put my finger on where — Facemash? Soundjammers? Twibbles? Show me again, website. Yes, I’m sure I’ve watched this before. I remember making it. We marinated the chicken in mayo, which made it extra…
45. Switch Anxiety
Mar 6 • 39 min
After roughly 6 years of flings with various Android devices, Chase has found true love and happiness with an iPhone 6S. Moving from Android to iOS can’t be without pain points, though, right? Changing apps, different content providers, a keyboard that is…
44. The Blue Light Generation
Feb 27 • 39 min
When we were kids, we rode bikes and played outside. Today’s kids are buried in their devices, and experiencing the world through a tiny glass window. But what happens next? How does it change the way they interact as they grow up? What dependencies does…
43. Play More Like This
Feb 20 • 31 min
We’ve created a playlist of songs we (the algorithm) think you’ll love, based on a mysterious set of features. Here’s a preview: * Call Me Maybe * Leaving on a Jet Plane * In Da Club * Back in Black * Mrs. Robinson Are you excited? …No? …but the…
42. You Lose Money if You Don’t Buy It
Feb 13 • 29 min
Chase has been keeping his eye out for the latest Toyz2Lyfe game (inspired by the Dreamworks Pictures animated Toy Story rip-off), and he’s found some great online tools to track the best deals. Unfortunately, he’s been sucked into the consumerist trap of…
41. Do People Really Not Know Where They’re Going?
Feb 6 • 41 min
Why is it that every car radio, CD player, or fancy infotainment system sucks? Maybe it’s a disconnect with customers, maybe it’s just a lack of care… or maybe it’s because there is no incentive to make it better when the competition all sucks, too.…
40. I Already Have a Working Relationship with Amazon
Jan 23 • 27 min
It’s been a long week, and it’s my night to make dinner. I know the fridge is basically empty, but going to the store seems like too much work. Fortunately, I can shop a virtual grocery store, pick a delivery window, and know that my day just got 10%…
39. Face Down on a Table
Jan 16 • 45 min
So we missed — PING — our projected sales for — BZZZ BZZZ — the fifth quarter in a row. I know — PING PING — that you’ve been — ZIP POW — leading that division — BEEP BEEP — as best you can but — RING RING, RING RING — are you going to get that? Hello?…
38. Pen and Paper People Eaters
Jan 9 • 38 min
You’re in a meeting and you need to remember some key details of the conversation. Do you write it on a sheet of paper, or punch it out into the notes app on your iPad or iPhone? Then you are asked to attend a meeting - can you check what your calendar…
37. The Best Game Nintendo Could Make on iOS
Jan 2 • 36 min
I don’t even remember what we talked about. Video games, I guess? Like a low-budget Idle Thumbs. It doesn’t matter, I’m just going back to Mario. Gotta collect those souls, amirite? This game, it’s like those auto-scrolling levels of Olde only now they’re…
36. The Games You Know and Love from 2009 on Facebook
Dec 26, 2016 • 18 min
Facebook has entered the field of PC gaming, and Chase is uncertain they can compete with Steam. On this holiday episode, Andrew sings and Chase speculates. * Facebook Gameroom * New York Times sends out Google Cardboard * Distribution of Users Computer…
35. Hesitant to Call it News
Dec 12, 2016 • 32 min
With the rising trend of false news, clickbait headlines, and misleading pull-quotes, we thought we would discuss some of the ways we get our news, and how we can verify the accuracy and authenticity of the news we see. * Facebook report fake news *…
34. A Market of Artificial Musicians
Dec 5, 2016 • 35 min
The year is 2016, and the worlds biggest musical star is putting the finishing touches on their new album. Then, from down the hall, they hear their mother call for dinner. They quickly hit command-s to save their changes, close their laptop, and head off…
33. Different Times and Different Places
Nov 28, 2016 • 14 min
With the Thanksgiving holiday just past us, we ran into a multitude of scheduling conflicts. Chase is in the middle of moving across the country, Andrew is traveling with his new wife, and Ian was finding it hard to work around a newborn schedule.…
32. The Prospect of Being Somebody’s Burrito Guy
Nov 21, 2016 • 33 min
Hey, guys! Super great to see you here again! #InterfacePodcast! We just wanted to tell you about all the great non-jobs available now! Thanks for checking the episode out! Link in bio for our favorite online retailer! Be sure to like, share, and…
31. Marketplace of Infinite First Dates
Nov 14, 2016 • 32 min
Ian just bought a MacBook on eBay, and now the seller has disappeared with his money. Chase just sold his car to a guy he met on Craigslist, but not after some shady meet-ups. These tools have been around for years, and regardless of how questionable they…
30. Here’s Your Sandbox, Go Play In It
Nov 7, 2016 • 25 min
When we were kids, our parents sent us outside to go play and use our imagination, get dirty, and cause mischief. Now, thanks to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) focused “toys,” kids can build robots, program them to pick up their room, and…
29. Pizza Robots
Oct 31, 2016 • 41 min
Alert: You slept for sixteen minutes and twenty-seven seconds less last night than your six-month average. Expert sleepers typically stay within one standard deviation (five minutes) of their average sleep time; consider going to bed eleven minutes…
28. Sticks of Gum for Controllers
Oct 24, 2016 • 40 min
You just got off work and get on the bus to head home. Instead of checking Twitter (again), you decide to do a little gaming. You pull out your portable console and the 2 bite-sized controllers, only to notice the person across from you is watching…
27. 100% of Your Money On Sticker Packs
Oct 17, 2016 • 39 min
First thing this morning, I bought $12,000 worth of “premium” stickers for email. The problem is, they’ve all degraded and now I can’t tell what any of them are. Due to a glitch in the sticker implementation, only I see the degradation — everyone else can…
26. I’m Such a Green Bubbler
Oct 10, 2016 • 46 min
Chase was a smartphone skeptic, until he owned a smartphone. Then he was an Android lover, until he tried the iPhone. Now he’s weighing his options and trying to choose the right device for his needs. What can the Android do that the iPhone can’t? Where…
25. The Original Gangsters of Minecraft
Oct 3, 2016 • 40 min
Son, meet Pac-Man. Daughter, meet Pac-Man. Wife, let’s Pac-Man. Pac-Man, prepare for doom. Dark Souls, hardcore, normcore, co-op. Play on your couch, don’t play with your internet friends! Unless you play Minecraft, but then only play it next to each…
24. A Trunk Full of Adapters
Sep 26, 2016 • 33 min
One misty morning, you enter your garage. It’s dark, light streaming between the cracks of the door (don’t forget to call the door guy). You don’t remember driving home last night but you must have; there’s a car in here. Wiping the sleep from your eyes,…
23. 100 Words a Minute on Glass
Sep 19, 2016 • 33 min
Andrew is convinced that giving every student in a class a computer is a bad idea. Ian thinks it’s the way of the future, and almost a necessity for the kids of 2016. Who is right? Who is wrong? Will these 2 ever agree on anything? Find out as we discuss…
22. A Receipt for Your Vote
Sep 12, 2016 • 38 min
It’s a weird year to joke about elections, but the current inconsistencies and design of many voting systems is a bit of a joke. Some votes are cast on paper, others on an electronic machine, and the layouts of the ballots can vary widely from precinct to…
21. A Lack of Clarity
Sep 5, 2016 • 35 min
So you bought a 4K TV. And the new Xbox One S. And you’re paying the extra $2 to Netflix for “Ultra HD.” You fire everything up, and suddenly you realize - there’s not much worthwhile content to take advantage of all those bonus pixels. Finally, you…
20. If You Can Touch it With a Finger, You Can Touch it With a Mouse
Aug 29, 2016 • 52 min
After a long weekend, Andrew heads in to work, only to realize that his wireless keyboard and mouse are on his desk at home. After checking around the office, he decides his best option is to just suffer through using the touchscreen of his Surface 4 to…
19. A Sock You Have to Charge
Aug 22, 2016 • 38 min
Chase is a dad of 2, and Ian is about to be a dad, and Andrew was away on business, so this week, we take a quick dive into smart devices for kids (babies). We also discuss how fitness wearables for adults offer motivation, and the desire for social…
18. Google Loofa
Aug 15, 2016 • 38 min
When we were young, we would do and say what we wanted. For many of us, what seemed acceptable in the moment, later seemed like an embarrassing, stupid, or hurtful thing, but rarely had lasting evidence. Now, in an era of “everything online, all the…
17. Sorry, I’m Going to Be The Liability
Aug 8, 2016 • 45 min
I’m not writing anything snarky or goofy about online toxicity. It’s bad, and whether or not you agree with the viewpoints of people who are expressing their opinions, no one deserves to receive constant abuse, death threats, and rape threats. Today, we…
16. A Lie is a Dark Pattern of Language
Aug 1, 2016 • 42 min
Ian is being crushed by a deluge of newsletter spam. They want conversions, he wants inbox zero! Later, he turns the tables and makes a million dollars tricking people into paying him three dollars every month for a service they don’t even know they are…
15. Geodudes. The Only Dudes I Like.
Jul 25, 2016 • 40 min
After a terrible, tragicly unfortunate event, Ian’s original recording of this episode was lost, leaving us no option but to re-record, as to not miss our Monday deadline. Fortunately, we pinned our show notes to a virtual bulletin board and were able to…
14. A Couple Tiki Drinks for Inspiration
Jul 18, 2016 • 26 min
“Off-camera, a hand. On-camera, a wife. A husband. A baby shower. Thumbs bubble up from the corner, punctuated by the occasional heart. Messages trickle in from family members distributed around the country. Then a presence, one you haven’t felt since…
13. Winking At My Computer All Day
Jul 11, 2016 • 62 min
Colin Ray joins us to discuss the evolution and potential future of computer input methods, and strange twists and turns through the landscape of game controllers - most notably the Steam controller. *In the words of Andrew:* ENGELBART IS LOVE, ENGELBART…
12. The Ghost in the Machine In Your House
Jul 4, 2016 • 56 min
[In a very special episode of Interface](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxTPgaAE3Eo), Chase tries not to be murdered by his too-smart house, Ian goes for days without electricity, and Andrew tapes a Kindle Fire HD™ to his refrigerator so he too can join…
11. C U L8R
Jun 27, 2016 • 37 min
In a modern office, present day. We see a silhouette from behind; in front, a computer monitor. The gentle clatter of a keyboard, the “bwooooop” of messages being sent back and forth. The cadence of messages slowly picks up until they’re being sent as…
10. A Piece of Garbage Strapped To My Wrist
Jun 20, 2016 • 46 min
This week on Interface, a special guest host: Chase Meusel! (Ok, not really, but he is back this week.) We sit down and have a conversation about the nerdiest accessories you can get this season. Do you need a $500 wrist mounted computer that reminds you…
09. A Heavier Day Than Usual
Jun 13, 2016 • 44 min
You may have noticed that lately, Chase has been absent from the podcast. Fortunately, we’ve tracked down (at least some of) the problem, and found it to be mostly scheduling conflicts. This got us wondering, is there a better way to handle scheduling,…
08. Transparent and Frictionless
Jun 6, 2016 • 47 min
It’s easy for a usability designer to get beaten down and depressed by all the bad interactions in the world. Doors with terrible affordances, unclear signs, and software that gets in the way more than it helps you. Today, Ian and Andrew talk about all…
07. Push Button, Receive TV
May 30, 2016 • 47 min
Andrew just got back from four weeks of traveling and a move and all he wants to do is sit down and watch some TV. But where can he find the first season of Veronica Mars? This week — we try to figure out how to fix TV (if it’s even broken at all).…
06. Ian’s Trust is Low
May 23, 2016 • 53 min
“Hey Alexa, I messed up.” Immediately, flowers are purchased and sent to your wife’s office, along with a heartfelt card. Ten different messages were solicited on Mechanical Turk and the best was selected by votes on the same service. Using her Amazon…
05. That’s Clearly A Diving Board
May 16, 2016 • 36 min
It’s late at night. You’ve spent the whole day transferring files from your external drive to your computer and then uploading them to your online storage service, and it’s hard work. You reward yourself with a beer (you’ve earned it) and return from the…
04. Garbo-Auto-Generated BS
May 9, 2016 • 43 min
Andrew elaborates on his masters project, digging into the 10-foot interface and the presence of social interactions within the gaming & television media experience Links to all the things we discussed, and ways to subscribe at…
03. Six Hours in and $23 Poorer
May 2, 2016 • 38 min
Imagine you wake up one morning and find that your child has suddenly developed a new taste in self-published fantasy. Soon, your phone lights up: your plumber, a curious man, has ordered 15 rolls of toilet paper using the Dash button mounted in the…
02. Passwords are Just Bad
Apr 25, 2016 • 39 min
Chase recounts the details of getting his PlayStation account hacked, and we discuss the flaws of Passwords in the modern computing era. We also scratch the surface on ways to be more secure online and how authentication may change in the future. @N…
01. The Year of VR
Apr 18, 2016 • 38 min
Andrew, Chase, and Ian discuss virtual reality and it’s potential applications in military training, and how it can avoid becoming a gimmick for consumers. Show notes and links are available at interface.fm/1 [Military…