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Tested: Tilta Wireless Follow Focus Lens Control System

Joey tests the Tilta Nucleus-Nano, a wireless follow focus system for controlling the lens on his Panasonic GH5 camera. This lens control system was made to work with Tilta's handheld gimbal rig, and Joey explains how he would use this kind of lens control system in a professional production, and why the price for this wireless follow focus is noteworthy.

Custom Keyboard Spotlight: Kailh Box Retooling

We've featured several keyboard switches based on the Kailh Box design on Tested because they're an exciting alternative to the classic Cherry architecture. Box switches exist with almost every weight and switch characteristics you can imagine, but they come with a drawback: we've learned in recent months that these switches can break some keycaps. There are retooled Box switches available now, so let's evaluate this fix.

Left: Old Box, Right: Retooled Box

Box switches have a completely different stem design compared to Cherry switches and Cherry-style clones like Gaterons. There's a wall around the cross stem that makes the switch water and dust resistant, and it stabilizes the switch to reduce wobble. The problem lies with the x-axis part of the cross—it's thicker than other switches.

The left-to-right arm of the cross on original Box switches is designed to be 1.32mm +/- 0.02mm. The arms actually jut out slightly at the end, which you can see in the image above. The switch on the left is original, and the right is retooled. Because there's always some variation, the +/- 0.02mm swing can make the old Box switches up to 1.34mm wide. You wouldn't think such a small change could cause problems, but it did.

Based on information obtained by NovelKeys, Kailh made this change at the behest of its first Box switch customer, which wanted the keycaps to be tighter. No one knew at the time there would be a negative impact on certain keycaps. Unfortunately, the keycaps most susceptible are also some of the most expensive and difficult to replace.

Ask Adam: Life-Size Dream Prop

Adam Reedman asked Adam, "If money, time, etc. weren't a factor, which full-size working prop would you want to make?" Here's Adam's answer, and if you have your own question for Adam, post it in the comments below!

Location Tracking - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 12/13/18
As Adam talks about a few of his favorite things from this year, we appreciate local businesses like tailors and cobblers that offer services we'd much prefer to patronize in person than online. We also talk about the prevalence of location tracking on our devices, and give a few new media recommendations.
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Tested and Twitch are Streaming Inspector Gadget!

Hey everyone! We're excited to announce an awesome event we'll be participating in next week, in partnership with Twitch and Kid Genius. Starting next Monday, December 17th, Twitch is going to be streaming an Inspector Gadget marathon--yes, the classic 1983 cartoon that I and many of you grew up with! And along with that marathon, Tested is going to be streaming live prop builds from Adam's cave!

Our very own Darrell Maloney (The Broken Nerd) has modeled three props inspired by Inspector Gadget, and we'll be turning those 3D prints into finished pieces using the tools in Adam's workshop and some of the techniques you've seen us demonstrate in past One Day Builds.

Our live builds will start streaming each day next week starting at 10am Pacific, and you'll be able to watch on Tested's Twitch page, with the Inspector Gadget marathon on Twitch Presents.

RC Driving with Nitro Power

I've owned dozens of RC cars and trucks throughout my lifetime. Those vehicles covered a wide range of sizes, styles, and performance. But until recently, my RC pedigree was lacking in a very significant segment of the hobby. All of my surface vehicles were powered by electric motors. I had never owned (or even driven) an RC car with an internal combustion engine. That box has now been checked in a big way. In this article, I'll share my experiences uncovering the pros and cons of these screaming machines!

There are a few different types of engines that are used across the spectrum of RC vehicles. The most common engines for RC cars are 2-stroke variants that burn a special fuel containing nitromethane. For that reason, they are often called "nitro" engines. Some modelers also refer to them as "glow" engines because they use a glow plug rather than a spark plug.

About the Inferno NEO

My nitro-powered car is the Kyosho Inferno NEO 3.0 ($350). The Inferno is a serious machine! This 4-wheel-drive buggy weighs about 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) and has a wheelbase of 12.8 inches (325.5mm). Its beefy nylon suspension components are attached to an aluminum chassis. The Inferno has traditionally been Kyosho's flagship 1/8-scale off-road racing platform. But this NEO variant is being touted as a backyard basher. That's great for me since I'm not into competitive racing.

Bits to Atoms: Starlords Arcade Cabinet, Part 7

Jeremy and Sean head back to Other Ocean to regroup with Mike and Kevin for a Starlords project post-mortem discussion. Suffice to say, the team is ecstatic about the reception at California Extreme. Thank you all for watching this series and making Bits to Atoms possible!

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Archon Wireless Charger

We all had a brief flirtation with wireless charging some years ago—Google, Nokia, and a few others equipped their phones with Qi-standard charging. That didn't last long, though. Wireless charging faded away only to come surging back when Apple embraced the technology in 2017. Now, everyone is making wireless charging pads, but they all have the same limitations. That's where Archon comes in. This recently funded Kickstarter campaign turns your desk or table into a wireless charger.

Wireless charging, of course, still involves a wire that connects your pad to the wall. You just don't have to plug anything into your phone. In the early days of wireless charging, the drawbacks overrode the convenience. Sure, you could set your phone down and it would charge, but it did so very slowly. We're talking 5W or less. Today's wireless charging can be faster—some phones can do as much as 15W with the right hardware.