Kishore joins us this week to recap the recent Tested live show and give us a sense of how he puts together the annual Bay Area Science Festival. We talk about some memorable segments from the show and what the audience didn’t see. Plus, Adam shows his mom select episodes of Master of None, and we discuss our halloween plans!
Before Adam Savage watched Blade Runner 2049, he stepped behind the scenes of the film’s secretive production and visited the prop department where prop master Doug Harlocker and his team built intricate hand props, weapons, and futuristic wearable devices. Doug walks Adam through the some of these hero and stunt props, including many that you may now recognize. Very minor spoilers within!
How does a large flat sheet of alunimum turn into a full suit of shining armor? Like the making of a bespoke suit, it all begins with patterning. Terry measures Adam and guides him through the drawing of beautiful patterns and cutting out the raw shapes of metal by hand.
We’re still in the early days, but haptics are a technology that we really want in virtual reality. We put on Hardlight VR haptics suit for demos in our studio, and chat with the company’s founder about the challenges of full-body force feedback. Plus, we go hands-on with the new Killing Floor: Incursion game mode and recommend two new VR games.
Michael from Vsauce stops by Adam’s cave to geek out over wrist watches! Both Adam and Michael are timepiece enthusiasts, and share with each other a few favorites from their respective collections. They could go on about horology for hours! See Adam and Michael this fall on their Brain Candy tour! For tickets and info, visit http://www.braincandylive.com/
Jeremy and Norm go hands-on with upcoming VR games Windlands 2 and Space Junkies, interview the developers of these games, and share their impressions. We’re impressed by the polished and fluid movement mechanic Windlands 2, and are intrigued by the combat and weapon design of Space Junkies.
Adam arrives at the home and workshop of Terry English, the famed armorer who made over 100 suits of armor for John Boorman’s Excalibur, the Colonial Marine armor for James Cameron’s Aliens, and memorable costumes for countless other films. Adam learns Terry’s orign story, studies the anatomy of armor, and begins a week of apprenticeship under Terry.
In partnership with EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II, we made a cosplay of the Messenger Droid character for New York Comic Con! Frank and his team took on the challenge of bringing this imposing character to life, simulating its distinct holographic head with beautiful practical effects. The resulting effect was stunning! (This video was sponsored by Electronic Arts.)