Time to take a field trip to the local pinball arcade! Jeremy and Sean take Bits to Atoms on location to modify The Getaway: High Speed II pinball machine to work with a real stop light. And to do that, they have to dive inside the machine to see how it works.
We turn back the clock to before Comic-Con, as Frank and his team are prepping the Lich King armor made for Blizzard. Frank walks us through how to make a silicone brush-up mold of foam fabricated armor parts. These waste molds can be used to make clay castings to give costume parts additional sculptural detail!
The Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology Fair (NEAT Fair) is a gathering of RC hobbyists who enjoy designing, building, and/or flying electric-powered models. I like all three of those things. So I've been itching to attend NEAT for a long, long time. I finally got my chance to stop in this year and experience this unique event. Since I could attend for only one day, I decided that I would leave my models at home and just observe.
The inaugural NEAT Fair was held in 2000, a time when electric-powered flying models were still a fringe element of the RC hobby. The motors, batteries, and electronic widgets available to electric-minded hobbyists were all rather crude by today's standards. Any measure of success required forethought, ingenuity, and daring. NEAT provided a rare opportunity for those early innovators to compare notes and show off their latest breakthroughs.
Things have certainly changed in 18 years! Electric-powered aircraft are now a huge facet of the hobby. The availability of off-the-shelf models with great performance means that you no longer have to be an expert just to get off the ground. Even so, there are still modelers who are constantly nudging the state of the art and trying new things. For them, the NEAT Fair remains a Mecca.
NEAT is officially a 4-day event. This year's show ran from Thursday, 9/14 to Sunday, 9/17. Some eager participants began setting up as early as the previous weekend. When I arrived on Saturday morning, the entire flightline was filled with pop-up canopies and tents. Event director, Tom Hunt, told me that more than 300 pilots were registered.
The event takes place just outside of Downsville, a quiet town in the Catskill Mountains of New York. More specifically, NEAT is held at the Peaceful Valley Campsite along the Delaware River. This location presents an interesting dichotomy for NEAT goers. Upon arrival at this event celebrating technology and innovation, participants will likely find that their cell phones and other modern electronic leashes are mere paperweights in this remote valley. Yet, no one that I spoke with seemed to mind spending a few days off the grid.
When Adam was recently in London, he visited the headquarters of FBFX, the makers of spacesuits for films like The Martian, Prometheus, and Alien: Covenant. There, we examined up-close the insane details that make up these spacesuits, and learn how they're designed and put together from sorted bins of individually crafted and weathered parts.
Two areas of improvement for today's virtual reality headsets are display resolution and field of view. Pimax, a VR company based out of Shanghai, are hoping to solve those with its 8K headset that it's launching on Kickstarter. We go hands-on with their 8K prototype to see what game and text content look like under this display, and how immersion is improved with a 200-degree FOV. Here are our impressions and an interview with Pimax's CEO.
We're in the shop for this episode of Science in Progress, as Indre and Kishore dissect some brains and geek out about neuroanatomy.
We're doing another live show! I can't believe that this will be fourth year putting on a stage show--it feels like just yesterday that Kishore, Will, and I were talking about what it would mean for Tested to have a live event. And every year, we've found tremendous pride and pleasure in figuring out what Tested on stage means. This year is no different. Tested: Deconstructed will be an exploration into the processes and obsessions that make up the projects you see on the site. We want to show you what makes us tick and how we make. It'll be an evening of presentations from the Tested team, including Adam and Simone, our friends in the maker and science community, and a few surprises as well!
Tested: Deconstructed will take place at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, on Saturday, October 28th, at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now, and you can find them, along with some more info, here! Hope to see you there!
Want to build a table? There's an app for that! We couldn't resist sharing this awesome adjustable table-construction concept in development at Detroit's Incite Focus. (This series and tour is made possible by The Fab Foundation and Chevron.)