Sean goes over the best tools for tapping and repairing screw threads as well as how to read imperial and metric sizes.
Norm and Tested producer Gunther sit down to talk about their use of NAS boxes for media serving, backup, and photo editing. We use Synology servers at the office for file management and collaboration, and the five bay DS1019+ at home works well as a Plex server with its hardware accelerated transcoding. What do you use as your media server and backup solution?
Build Cool Stuff’s Zach Radding joins us this week to talk about the Panic Playdate handheld, emotion-detecting smart assistants, ray-traced Quake, MacBook keyboards, and share our excitement for the Picard teaser. Plus, the VR minute as we prepare for Augmented World Expo.
We catch up once again with Looking Glass, to check out their new Looking Glass Pro holographic display and all-in-one computer. CTO Alex Hornstein shows us some of the amazing holograms made for this volumetric display, from animated scene to ambient creatures. Plus, we discuss the state of volumetric video and how Looking Glass can take advantage of VR and AR video pipelines.
The Valve Index is here! We spend a week testing the Valve Index virtual reality headset and share our extended hands-on impressions for the wider field of view, higher resolution, increased framerate, and speaker audio quality. Plus, how games so far are accommodating the new “knuckles” style Index controllers. Let us know what you’d like to see tested below!
We step into the Mech Warfare arena to check out these agile robots that stomp around a miniature cityscape in heated combat. Builder Toni Lanett Harris shows us how these robots are made using off-the-shelf parts like FPV RC cameras and electric airsoft rifles, with pilots controlling them from the mech’s point of view!
We check in with the team at Avid CNC–formerly CNC Router Parts–to see their new 4th rotary axis on their Pro line of CNC machine kits. Owner Ahren Johnson explains to us the capabilities of this machine, and digital fabrication producer Sami Woolhiser demonstrates their awesome ping pong ball crossbow that was mostly made using these CNCs!
RC hobbyist Adam Woodworth shares one of his latest projects: a giant foam multirotor built in the likeness of a classic LEGO helicopter! Fabricated at ten times minifig scale, this beautiful drone flies with ease and charm. It’s just so delightful!
We were instantly captivated by these steel interactive sculptures by Roy Hung, who runs Perkunas Design Studio. His unicorn and beast sculptures are created out of hundreds of pieces of smelted steel, from 3D printed molds. We chat with Roy and his translator about what makes these articulating art pieces so special.