Show and Tell: Synology DS1019+ NAS

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?

Episode 502 – Make a Playdate – 5/30/19

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.

Looking Glass Pro Holographic Display

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.

From Fall to Fan Fusion – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 5/28/19

Adam watches Endgame again, goes incognito at Phoenix Fan Fusion, and teases the new Neal Stephenson book he’s reading as we get together for a tangent-heavy podcast this week. Plus, we talk screenplay rewrites, Battle Angel, and Booksmart!

Valve Index VR Headset In-Depth Impressions!

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!

Avid CNC’s 4-Axis CNC Machines

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!

The Fantasy Metal Creatures of Perkunas Design Studio

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.