Episode 351 - Farewell, Tested Office - 5/19/1617 Comments
Big news this week! Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore record the final episode of This is Only a Test...at the current Tested office. We're moving! In this listener's choice episode, we talk about Doom, Nvidia's GeForce 1080 performance, Origami robots, surprising reactions to VR. Plus, hot takes of news out of Google I/O!
Episode 350 - Class M Planet - 5/12/1619 Comments
Lots to talk about this week on This is Only a Test, as we finally see the announcement of Nvidia's Pascal video cards, both the new Call of Duty and Battlefield games, and some rumors leading up to next week's Google I/O conference. Plus, we celebrate the transit of Mercury in A Moment of Science!
Episode 349 - Where is Jibo? - 5/5/169 Comments
Happy belated Star Wars day! This week, we talk about some new Star Wars-related announcements, Hulu live streaming, Maker Faire anticipation, science news, and our new favorite Oculus game. Plus, Kishore and Norm explain to Jeremy the plot of the Civil War comic book series, and share their hopes for the new film.
Episode 348 - Red Robin Ramen Burger - 4/28/1611 Comments
We're back after a week on the road to catch up technology, pop culture, and science news! Kishore and Will join Norm to discuss SpaceX's just-announced Mars plan, the anniversary of Aliens, and our recent visit to USC's ICT labs. Plus, the VR minute and an exploration of ramen burgers.
Episode 347 - Autopilot Activated - 4/14/1618 Comments
This week, Norm is joined by Jeremy and Patrick Norton to talk about Space X's rocket landing, speculate on Google's robot plans, and debate the merits of a $300 eBook reader. Plus, we get excited about the potential of autopilot in Tesla's cars.
Episode 346 - April Foolish - 4/7/1617 Comments
Norm, Jeremy, and Will meet up this week to discuss the new Star Wars Rogue One trailer, pooly-implemented April fools gags, a new 3D printing technology, and Tesla's Model 3 pre-orders. Plus, with the the release of the HTC Vive, we share our thoughts on the hardware and learn about Will's new VR show!
Episode 345 - Welcome to the Virtual Age - 3/31/1621 Comments
It's finally here! Norm is back from his trip abroad just in time for the launch of the Oculus Rift consumer release. Jeremy and Will join this week to discuss our experience so far with the headset, along with news from Microsoft Build and Tesla's Model 3 announcement.
Episode 344 - The Inmates Are In Charge - 3/24/201616 Comments
Jeremy, Kishore, and Will are in charge, with Norm halfway around the world. Topics discussed include the first Silicon Valley Comic-Con, this week's Apple event, Boston Dynamics for sale, the process for Tesla Model 3 pre-orders, and the last pre-Oculus Rift VR Minute. Enjoy!
Episode 342 - Go Time for Artificial Intelligence - 3/10/1616 Comments
We brace for next week's Game Developers Conference by packing this week with technology news discussion. Jeremy talks about the excitement of watching a Go match against Google's artificial intelligence, Kishore shares some recent science community controversy, and we talk about Amazon's Alexa strategy. Plus, pop culture news discussion!
Episode 340 - Don't Bully the Robots - 2/25/1626 Comments
This week, Norm and Kishore are joined by Will, who returns to the podcast studio to talk about the announcements from Mobile World Congress, new phones, and virtual reality headsets. We talk through the pre-ordering decision for VR early adopters, and also discuss the games we've been playing. Plus, replacing screens on Kindles, and testing a CNC milling machine.
Episode 339 - Beware the Spoiler Cake - 2/18/1632 Comments
Apple takes a stand against the government, Mattel announces a 3D printer for kids, and Google dumps yet another beloved application. We're joined in the studio this week by our Kishore and Frank to chat about this week's technology news, the wild success of Deadpool, and pirating academic journals. That, and TV Quest 2016!
Episode 338 - Quality Tweets - 2/11/1621 Comments
Lots to talk about this week as we're joined by Jeremy Williams and Kishore Hari to recap the Super Bowl (technology and chicken wings!), discuss our hopes for Star Trek, Jeremy's appearance on Mythbusters, and the latest news in tech. How do you feel about the newest changes to Twitter?
Episode 337 - Your DeLorean is Arriving - 2/4/1618 Comments
We're back in the studio this week as Norm is joined by Jeremy and Kishore to recap two weeks of technology news and updates from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Tesla. We talk about over-hyped science stories in the media, the possibility of a 9th planet, and our hopes for Magic Leap.
Episode 336 - SteamVR Developer Showcase - 1/28/1610 Comments
Special episode of This is Only a Test this week, as Norm is on location in Seattle for Vavle and HTC's SteamVR Developer Showcase. The VR Minute is expanded into a full-blown episode, as we chat with the developers of Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption about their experiments in virtual reality and lessons learned from game development. (Sorry, no video this week. We'll be back in studio next week for a regular episode!)
Episode 335 - From the Drone Barge - 1/21/1613 Comments
This week, we're joined by Jeremy Williams and Kishore Hari to talk about rocket landings, Netflix show ratings, commercial drone regulation, and other news in tech. Kishore updates us on recent science happenings, and we chat a bit about our playtime in the Eve: Valkyrie alpha. Plus, a tease for an upcoming video we're really excited about!
Episode 334 - The Long VR Minute - 1/14/1623 Comments
Look who's back! We're back in the studio this week, joined by Jeremy and Will to recap the news that came out of CES and big announcements in virtual reality. We chat about electric cars, bad multi-rotor ideas, and what's new with Oculus and SteamVR.
Episode 333 - CES 2016 - 1/7/165 Comments
We kick off the year with a podcast recording at the CES in Las Vegas! Norm is joined by Patrick Norton to talk share their CES war stories, discuss interesting things they've seen at this year's show so far, and preview the coverage to come. We're running on 10% battery! (Sorry, no video for this episode, but we'll be back in studio next week!)
Episode 332 - Camping Out for Star Wars - 12/24/156 Comments
For the second-to-last podcast of the year, Norm is joined by Jeremy Williams and special guest Steve Lin to geek out on pinball games and old arcade technology. We talk about Space X's historic rocket landing, the complexity of smartphone cameras, and camping 24 days for Episode I. Plus, the VR minute and what we've been testing. Just one more sleep until Christmas!