We get up close with Volume, a true volumetric display that can be used for creating 3D content, viewing depth-enhanced videos, and playing holographic games. Its inventors stop by our office to explain how the display works and how they hope volumetric imaging can change how we interact with computer graphics and imagery.
Skepticism and optimism collide this week as Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore chat about new quadcopters, holographic displays, Elon Musk’s Mars plan, and the use of technology in the Presidential debate. Plus, our hopes and fears for PSVR’s launch and the upcoming Oculus Connect event.
We go hands-on with the DJI Mavic, a foldable drone that’s half the size and weight of the Phantom 4 quadcopter. We take it for a test flight, check out its 4K video quality, and chat with DJI about its unique features, including a new computer vision tracking system and wi-fi transmitter control. Here’s our hopes and fears for this new category of compact quads.
Nearing the end of our trip, we were given access to the lower decks and working areas of the ship. Today, the chief engineer of the Kaptian Khlebnikov gives us a tour of the engineering and engine rooms, showing us how the 24,000 horsepower icebreaker is powered. It’s incredible!
A brief update today as we reach our second northern-most point of our trip. Norm and Joey go for a hike in Tanquary Bay, surrounded by snow and sweeping mountains. After the hike, we make it back to the ship for a barbeque on the flight bridge!
Early episode! We record the podcast this week from a very special location: inside a life-size replica of the NASA Lunar Excursion Module from Tom Sach’s “Space Program: Europa” exhibit. Adam geeks out about this ship, the other pieces of the exhibit, and the recent mission he participated in at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
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.
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!
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!