Welcome to the debut episode of Science in Progress! Tested’s Kishore Hari and Indre Viskontas explore the labs where scientists invent custom tools and technologies to further their research. Their first visit takes them to a workshop where Stanford engineers study autonomous driving by turning a DeLorean into a self-drifting car!
Simone and Norm have a new gadget at the Tested office–a massive mobile power pack by EcoFlow. The RIVER has a capacity of over 400Wh, and can output 500 watts over AC and DC. We put it to the test by plugging in some heavy duty electronics and tools from around the office!
Adam Savage explores the massive built sets of Alien: Covenant and chats with visual effects supervisor Neil Corbould about the resurgence of practical effects to complement cg effects in blockbuster filmmaking. Adam also gets up close with some familiar Alien universe props in the creature fabrication workshop!
Back in Frank’s shop, we take on our next garage kit challenge: dinosaur busts we found at this year’s Monsterpalooza. These reptiles have lots of sculptural detail to bring out with paint, so Norm and Frank look to nature for inspiration and reference for their distinct approaches.
It’s no secret that Adam’s a big fan of Chewbacca. So for his newest cosplay build, Adam revamps his Chewie costume to carry an animatronic threepio, as depicted in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s going to require a bit of disassembly, engineering, and problem-solving to turn two costumes into one that’s still wearable!
At Delgado Community College in New Orleans, Adam meets students working on a year-long NASA-funded payload competition that exposes them to real-life aerospace project development. See how their initial payload test goes after a 20-foot drop! (This series and tour is made possible by The Fab Foundation and Chevron.)
We go hands-on with Arktika.1, a VR-exclusive from the 4A Games–the makers of the Metro series of shooters. Jeremy and Norm share their impressions and discuss what it means to have a “AAA” shooter designed for virtual reality. Plus, we review Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality!
Norm, Jeremy, and guest Sean meet up to talk about Amazon’s new Echo Show smart assistant, disagree about Guardians of the Galaxy, and lament the closing of Oculus Story Studio. Plus, some breaking VR news while we podcast, and Sean’s adventures at a 3D printing conference!
The classic Batmobile gets its finishing touches and we review the finished model kit. Thanks to Tony and Judd to joining us this week! And be sure to check out Judd’s graphic novel Hilo!