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    Garner Holt's Animatronic Abraham Lincoln!

    This incredibly lifelike animatronic Abraham Lincoln is the work of Garner Holt Productions, which has been making robots for theme parks, museums, and other attractions for 40 years. We get up close to this robot and chat with its creator, Garner Holt, about the state of animatronics you see in places like Disneyland and what's to come.

    Adam Savage Explores Star Trek Costumes and Props!

    Star Trek has had a long history of iconic costumes, and the uniforms designed and made for the 2009 film reimagined Starfleet uniforms for fans and new audiences. At Prop Store's US headquarters, Adam Savage gets up close with some of these beautiful film-used costumes and props, examining how they were constructed and appreciating the nuanced details that make them look so good on screen. Find out more about these costumes and props up for auction here.

    PROJECTIONS, Episode 32: The Rig VR and Virtual Boy!

    What's it like for an indie developer making their first VR game? This episode, we meet up with the team at Sunset Division, who just revealed their space-noir adventure VR game The Rig. We chat about their lessons learned making the game so far, and why they're excited about VR for storytelling. Plus, a tribute to Virtual Boy!

    Regal Robot's Awesome Star Wars Furniture and Art!

    While Adam was at Tom Spina's workshop, we learn about Regal Robot, Tom's company that makes officially-licensed Star Wars-inspired furniture, art, and decor. We take a look at these beautifully creative pieces, including the famed Han in Carbonite desk, and learn how Regal Robot's team painstakingly puts them together with fabrication technologies both old and new.

    Tested The Show 2017: Deconstructed

    The full 2017 Tested Live Show! The Tested team and friends from the maker community present an evening of talks, demos, and presentations deconstructing their projects and processes. Presenters include Allen Pan, Science Friday's Undiscovered podcast, Kenji Lopez-Alt, Simone, and Adam!

    Hands-On with HoloPlayer One Display

    The inventors at Looking Glass Factory experiment with different ways we can interact with three-dimensional computer images, and their latest product is able to generate a convincing holographic display. Looking Glass's CEO Shawn Frayne stops by our office to demo the HoloPlayer One and chat with us about his dreams of making holograms.

    Adam Savage's King Arthur Armor Build, Part 5

    What goes into the design of film armor? Adam and Terry have a conversation about the aesthetics of armor, take a close look at some original design sketches from Excalibur, and go through an exercise in designing a villainous armor from scratch.

    The Art of Custom Mechanical Keyboard Keycaps

    We meet a 3D artist who models and 3D prints custom keycaps for mechanical keyboards! Robert, who runs Clackeys, explains to us how he designs unique keycaps inspired by video games and pop culture, treating the surface of a key as his canvas. We about talk his approach to printing these designs and the amount of complexity he can get from an SLA print.

    Artist Jason Freeny on Toy Design and His Anatomical Sculptures

    We catch up with artist Jason Freeny, whose anatomical sculptures we first featured on Tested over four years ago. Since then, Jason has teamed up with the toymakers at MightyJaxx to release a line of anatomical collectibles, including ones inspired by DC Comics characters, LEGO figures, and even mythological creatures. We discuss toy design and what's next for Jason's creations.

    Adam Savage Tours the Jim Henson Exhibition!

    Adam Savage visits the Museum of the Moving Image, which recently opened a landmark exhibition showcasing the works of Jim Henson. From the Muppet Show to Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock to the Dark Crystal, we get up close with many of the puppets, props, and film artifacts from Henson's world-changing career.

    Hobby RC: Testing High-Voltage LiPo Batteries

    Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are presently the standard power source for most hobby-grade RC vehicles. These batteries have seen steady improvement since they were first introduced to the hobby around the turn of this century. Most of that progress has been related to increasing their fast discharge and charge capabilities. During the last year or so, we have seen the emergence of LiPo cells that evolved in a slightly different direction. High-Voltage LiPo batteries (LiHV) look and perform much like contemporary LiPo cells, but have a tad more voltage.

    More voltage fed your electric motor equals more RPMs. That will give your RC toy a zippy performance boost, right? Well, maybe. There is more to consider than just voltage. I recently tested a LiHV battery to determine whether these types of cells are an overall advantage for me.

    What is LiHV?

    Standard LiPo batteries have 4.2 volts per cell when fully-charged. LiHV cells go up to 4.35 volts. That extra .15 volts may not seem like much, but it could make a significant difference in some applications. Most RC vehicles use two or more cells in series. So the extra voltage of a LiHV battery is multiplied by the number of cells.

    A regular LiPo is considered discharged when it drops to 3.2 volts per cell under load. This usually equates to about 3.7 volts at rest. LiHV cells have the same bottom end values. So, LiHV cells operate over a slightly broader voltage range than standard LiPo variants.

    LiHV batteries have slightly more voltage than LiPo cells. This presents potential performance benefits as well as new considerations.

    There are numerous LiHV options available on the market. From what I can tell, most of these batteries are very similar in size, weight, price, and discharge capabilities to their normal-voltage contemporaries. Yes, there are some differences. But I think most of those deltas would be insignificant to the average hobbyist.

    Hyperion provided two similar batteries for testing, one LiPo and one LiHV. The LiPo is their G5 3-cell (12.6 volts) 850mAh unit that is rated for 70C maximum discharge (59.5 amps). On the LiHV side is a G7 3-cell (13.05 volts) 900mAh battery rated for 60C discharge (54 amps). Before getting into my results from using these batteries, we should cover a few things to think about regarding LiHV cells.

    Adam Savage on Blade Runner 2049's Massive Water Set!

    Adam gets to be an honorary stunt performer on the set of Blade Runner 2049 as he visits the massive water tank used for production. Chatting with Special Effects Supervisor Gerd Nefzer, Adam learns how this tank is used to simulate turbulent waves by dropping literally tons of water into the pool.

    It Might Work: Simone's Habit Calendar

    Simone's latest project is a physical manisfestation of her ability to keep her schedule organized. But making this Habit Calendar is going to require wiring up hundreds of switches, and Simone comes up with a clever way to add efficiency to her build.

    Heavy Poly's Hoverbike Resin Garage Kit

    One of the most beautiful things we saw at DesignerCon was this hoverbike garage kit, designed and made by collaborators Vaughan Ling and Kirk Shinmoto. The duo sculpted this intricate model, 3D printed over 70 prototype parts, and then made their own molds to cast parts for a limited release. Their attention to detail is breathtaking!

    PROJECTIONS, Episode 30: Jedi Challenges AR Review

    Jeremy and Norm review Lenovo and Disney's Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, which is the first mass market consumer AR headset. We discuss its use of the Star Wars license, and what this implementation says about the early days of wearable AR technology. Plus, we share our impressions of the first few hours of the highly anticipated VR game From Other Suns!