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    Tested in the High Arctic, Day 9

    You guys want to join us for an impromptu helicopter ride from the Kapitan Khlebnikov? Of course you do! Here's what it was like going on a sightseeing excursion to fly around the top of a glacier to grab some photos. We're joined by photographer Simone Bramante, who dares to stick hand and camera out of the copter to grab his shots.

    Tested in the High Arctic: Greenlandic Life

    Hope you guys are enjoying our daily video updates from our Arctic trip. We also shot a ton of other footage that we'll be compiling for separate Tested pieces in the coming weeks. And while we were on the ship, Joey cut together this preview piece with footage from the first week of our voyage. It's just a taste of an upcoming full show piece, and hope you enjoy it!

    Tested in the High Arctic, Day 8

    Activities mellow out on the ship as we leave Greenland and spend a day at sea. The elements finally get to Norm, who catches a cold, but we still make it to the ship's lounge for a special musical performance by Chris Hadfield and Danny Michel!

    Tested in the High Arctic, Day 7

    Over a week into our trip, and Norm starts suffering some problems launching the DJ Inspire One. It's time to problem solve. Back on the ship, we chat with Tom Scott about his adventures exploring the city of Qaanaaq.

    Tested in the High Arctic, Day 6

    We take you on one of our hikes up Parker Snow Bay in northwest Greenland. As we approach a glacier, Norm suffers some issues with the DJI Inspire One drone refusing to take off. Heading back to the ship, we also examine the survival suit kept in our quarters.

    Tested in the High Arctic, Day 5

    On a day of travel from Greenland to Canada, Norm gives you a tour of our home on the high seas, the Kapitan Khlebnikov. From our rooms to the dining areas to the ship's gym, here's what life is like living on the ship!

    Tested in the High Arctic: Drone Footage

    And now, a brief interlude from our daily video journals. Norm shares a selection of raw drone footage we filmed during our time in Greenland. Keep an eye out for a little surprise at the end of the final clip!

    Tested in the High Arctic, Day 2

    On our second day of the trip, we move up the west coast of Greenland and make our first daytime excursion to the city of Sisimiut. Joey and Norm explore the picturesque city, try some of the local food, and make our first drone flight up north!

    Tested in the High Arctic, Day 1

    For the next two weeks, we're going to be rolling out videos from our recent trip to the high arctic aboard the Russian Icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov. On the first day, we board the ship after a long flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and prepare ourselves for life away at sea.

    How Virtual Humans Learn Emotion and Social Intelligence

    At USC ICT's Virtual Humans lab, we learn how researchers build tools and algorithms that teach AI the complexities of social and emotional cues. We run through a few AI demos that demonstrate nuanced social interaction, which will be important for future systems like autonomous cars.

    Hands-On with Shaper Origin Handheld CNC Router!

    This is super cool: a handheld CNC router that uses computer vision to let you see exactly what you're cutting through the bit, and compensates for any shaky hand movement with automatic stabilization. We visit Shaper to learn about the Origin and test out its features!

    Digitizing Photorealistic Humans Inside USC's Light Stage

    We learn how actors are digitized and turned into photorealistic models inside USC ICT's Light Stage capture system. Paul Debevec and his team at the Graphics Lab are focused on inventing technologies that create the most realistic-looking virtual people, objects, and environments. We were blown away by the capabilities of the light stage!

    Weathering Techniques for Cosplay Costumes

    Making new fabrics look old and weathered is a practiced art. Doug Stewart has been working on costumes for film productions for over two decades. We chat about his work as a specialty costume maker and get a demo of his weathering process for costumes used at this year's E3.

    Tested Tours VR Projects at USC's Mixed Reality Lab

    At USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, computer scientists and engineers have been tinkering with virtual reality, augmented reality, and everything in between. We're given a tour of ICT's Mixed Reality Lab, where projects explore the intersections of VR and accessibility, avatars, and even aerial drones.

    Making a 3D-Printed Sith Lightsaber Kit!

    We're thrilled to unveil a new 3D printed project from Sean Charlesworth! Sean was inspired to design and print his own Star Wars-inspired lightsaber, but with his own twist: this Sith model is a cutaway design that shows the internal construction of the hilt. Sean discusses how he came up with this design and how he used the Formlabs Form 2 printer fabricate it. Plus, the design files are free for anyone to download!

    USC Mixed Reality Lab's VR Redirected Walking Demo

    We recently visited the USC Institute of Creative Technology's Mixed Reality Lab, where virtual reality researchers are experimenting with software that will let you walk around forever in VR. We test their redirected walking and lightfield model demos and learn how these technologies could work in future VR games.

    Solar Impulse 2: Around The World On Sunshine And Guts

    With its gaunt skeletal frame and awkward, lanky proportions, the Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) is a far cry from the supersonic image one normally gets when discussing revolutionary, record-setting aircraft. Where is the pointy nose? What about the fire-belching rocket engines?

    Despite its dragonfly-like appearance, SI2 is indeed a radical and ground-breaking machine. Swiss Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre' Borschberg recently completed a 23,000 mile journey around the globe in SI2 using only solar power. The words don't quite capture the enormity of this accomplishment. So let me say it again: This airplane flew completely around the world without using one single ounce of fossil fuel!

    Solar Impulse 2 may look a little strange, but it is a high-tech machine that holds numerous world records. It recently completed an around-the-world journey using only solar energy.

    If the feat accomplished by SI2 and her pilots does not leave you slack-jawed and perhaps drooling ever so slightly on your keyboard, you still don't get it. This is an enormous milestone for both aviation and solar power technology.

    Most aeronautical achievements are as dependent on technological breakthroughs as they are piloting feats of derring-do. SI2's around-the-world success was no different. It required not only a cutting edge machine, but also pilots who were willing to risk everything to see what it could do.

    Stop and Go

    SI2's circumnavigation was not accomplished in a single flight. The team's original plan divided the route into 12 eastbound legs spanning a period of about 4 months. These things take time when your average flying speed is only 41 miles per hour. As it turned out, SI2 landed in 17 cities and required more than 16 months to complete the trip.

    Solar Impulse 2 has only one seat. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard (left) and Andre' Borschberg alternated flying duties during the globetrotting trip.

    The airplane is built to carry just one person, so Piccard and Borschberg traded off flying duties…each flying solo for specific legs of the flight. Throughout the journey, a support team travelled to each of the waypoints to receive and send off SI2. There was also a mission control center located in Monaco where, among other things, specialists kept an eye on the weather, and monitored SI2's myriad systems via satellite.

    The shortest leg of the flight was an outlier lasting less than 5 hours between Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania and New York City. The next shortest flight was just over 13 hours, with several other legs lasting less than 20 hours.