Norm is still away at WETA workshop in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by TekThing co-host Shannon Morse to discuss the Great CES blackout of 2018 (12:40), her hands-on impressions of the new Vive Pro (22:15), the potential Studio Ghibli themepark (1:09:40), and to celebrate Shake Shack expanding to San Francisco, we rank our favorite chain burgers (1:12:00). And yes, Kishore is still reeling from the huge Diet Coke announcement. Check out Shannon on TekThing (https://www.youtube.com/tekthing) and Hak5 (https://www.hak5.org/shows/threatwire). And special shout out to Danica Chan for designing our new podcast set!
Adam, Norm, and Joey are on location in Wellington, New Zealand for a special project this week! While we can’t disclose exactly what we’re working on, we recap an amazing adventure we had over the weekend and discuss why we’re inspired by the talented artists at Weta Workshop.
Norm is away in New Zealand, so Kishore and Jeremy are joined by game development legend Mike Mika of Other Ocean Interactive. We chat about the Vive Pro and other VR announcements from CES, the pre-blackout most interesting hardware at CES so far, and its award season, so we hand out the 1st ever Tested awards for our favorite media, games, and hardware of 2017. RIP Tested transition music.
Welcome to Offworld, a new show we’re making that explores the fun places where space and pop culture intersect! In each episode, we’ll examine a science fiction story and discuss how it holds up under some scientific scrutiny. For our inaugural episode, we talk about the 1997 film Contact with special guest Dr. Jill Tarter, whose work at SETI was the inspiration for the main character of the book and film.
It’s like a late Christmas at Adam’s cave as he opens of box of props from the film Gods of Egypt–part of a large collection of costumes and props on auction later this month. These stunt weapons stand up to scrutiny up close, and show the production designer’s take on Egyptian mythology.
One Day Builds return! Adam’s latest build is a prop replica from one of his favorite films of 2017, Blade Runner 2049! In making Deckard’s binoculars from the movie, Adam starts with a 3D-printed model designed around working optics, and adds plenty of his own customized parts for accuracy!
For the Tested live show, Simone revisits one of her first robots–the applause machine–by scaling it up and building one fit for the stage! The challenge here begins with making the larger-than-life-sized hands…