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What's Adam Working On?

I was just in Adam's shop and he's hard at work at his lathe. Any guesses as to what he's working on? (Side note: He has black smudges all over his face, too.)

Nintendo Labo Variety and Robot Kit Review!

We assemble and review the new Nintendo Labo Variety Kit and Robot Kit! With the help of Tested-alum Will Smith, we put the kits together in under 4 hours to show you how each game works and what we think of each Toy-Con accessory. Building with cardboard is a lot of fun, and Labo utilizes computer vision and Switch sensors in some very clever ways.

Episode 446 - Thanos Beckons - 4/26/18
On the day before Infinity War's release, the gang gathers to recount the past 10 years of Marvel cinematic universe movies, learn the origin of Kishore's love of Thanos, and hear about some highlights from the Replica Prop Forum showcase. Plus, the VR Minute and thoughts on Nintendo Labo. (Apologies for the bad audio for the 30 minutes of the podcast--our audio recorder stopped recording so we only had camera microphone audio.)
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Model Behavior: Miniature Wood Flooring

Fabricator and modelmaker Kayte Sabicer shows us a technique for making simulated wood flooring using simple gatorboard and shellac sealer! This is an effective technique she's used many times in making miniature sets, and can be use for miniature displays. The finished effect is so cool!

Rise of the Black Panther - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 4/24/18
In our final pop-up podcast recording from Silicon Valley Comic Con, we welcome Evan Narcisse, senior writer at io9 and writer of the current Marvel mini-series Rise of the Black Panther! Evan talks about how he went from being a fan to writing comics, his take on the origin story of Black Panther, and collaborating with artists to tell this new story.
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The Creature Art of Akihito

Makeup effects artist Akihito shows us his latest sculptures and makeups at this year's Monsterpalooza show. From his incredible take on a samurai Predator bust to a Maleficent makeup, we find Akihito's art spellbinding to behold.

Custom Keyboard Spotlight: Zilent Switches

Some keyboard switches are louder than others, and sometimes that' son purpose. A clicky switch includes mechanisms that make noise to reinforce the feel, but even non-clicky switches can make a lot of racket as you're tapping away.

There are several remedies to keyboard noise, the most common being o-rings. These are easy to add to an existing keyboard, but some switches have built-in silencing. As long as you know you're going to want a quieter keyboard, you can use these instead of a standard switch. One of the newest silent switch options is the Zilent, which is a modification of the popular Zealio switch from Zeal PC.

Like Zealios, Zilents are based on a Cherry-style design from Gateron. The housings are fully transparent, making them compatible with per-switch RGB lighting as well as standard in-switch LEDs. You can tell Zilents from the very similar Zealios by the stem color. Whereas Zealios use various shades of purple to indicate different weights, Zilents use blue hues.

Zilents are tactile switches, and they're available in the same weights as Zealios—62g, 65g, 67g, and 78g. Those are bottom-out weights, so the lightest Zilents are similar in weight to a Cherry Brown switch, and the heaviest is a bit lighter than a Cherry Clear. The tactile bump, however, is more pronounced than most other switches (just like Zealios).

This is probably all sounding somewhat similar to Zealios so far, but the Zilent stems are designed with sound in mind. Zilent switches are superior to o-rings in two ways: they're quieter, and they feel nicer. An o-ring goes on the stem insert on the underside of your keycap. This reduces the noise from bottom-out, but the switch tends to feel "mushy." O-rings can't do anything about the sound of the stem returning and hitting the housing, either. Zilent stems dampen both parts of the press.

3D-Printed Sculptures Made in Virtual Reality

Artist Gio Nakpil from the Oculus Medium team shows off a massive 3d printed figure he sculpted using the virtual reality tool. We what with Gio about his process and the features that make VR sculpting appealing to professional 3D modelers.