Quadcopter Racing with First Person Video!

We’ve tested different types of quadcopters before, but have never flown them like this! Norm tags along a meetup of local FPV quadcopter racers–people who build and race mini quads by flying them with first-person video cameras. We learn about how FPV quadcopters work, why they’re so much fun to spectate, and witness some unbelievable stunts! (Thanks to Charpu, Pablo Lema, and Eric Cheng for their quad footage!)

Shot and edited by Norman Chan

Tested: The Show — Jamie Hyneman’s Racing Spiders Project

Jamie takes the stage at our live show to introduce his Racing Spiders project, an experiment in implementing a new linkage system that has never been tested before. Instead of individual motors responsible for each of the mechanical spider’s legs, Jamie’s design is powered by just two motors. The movement is mesmerizing!

Tested: The Show — A Story in 256 Pixels

As the resolution and pixel density of digital screens are skyrocketing, we take a step back to appreciate the artistry of telling a story with the limitations of 8-bit graphics. Jeremy Williams celebrates the history and potential of pixel art in this presentation from our live show! (We apologize for some of the rough audio in this taping of our live show. The audio mixer at the venue unfortunately distorted audio from some of the microphones.)

Hands-On with DJI’s Inspire 1 Quadcopter

DJI’s new quadcopter is one of the coolest we’ve seen–a huge upgrade from the current Phantom 2 Vision+ we’ve been using. The Inspire 1 can record 4K video, lifts its propeller struts, and transmit clear HD video to the pilot. We chat in-depth with Eric Cheng, DJI’s Director of Aerial Imaging, about all the new features in the Inspire 1 and then take it out for a test flight!

Tested: The Show — Star Trek in Cinerama

On October 25th, we put on our first ever stage show in San Francisco, featuring friends and makers from our community. The first presentation was given by graphic designer Nick Acosta, who imagines how classic science fiction television shows would have looked like if they were shot in epic Cinerama widescreen. (We apologize for some of the rough audio in this taping of our live show. The audio mixer at the venue unfortunately distorted audio from some of the microphones.)

PREMIUM – Premium: Full Time-Lapse of the Farnsworth Project Makeup!

We showed you a sped up version of the Farnsworth project makeup application in our reveal video, but artist Frank Ippolito actually spent close to three hours applying the makeup to actor Chuck Lines. Here’s the full six minute time-lapse video of that process, showing Chuck’s amazing transformation! To watch this full video, sign up for a Tested Premium Membership by clicking here.