Adam tells the story of one of his favorite Etsy purchases and why he loves the kinds of interactions and exchanges between buyer and seller that takes place on that marketplace. This Octopus cane topper is beautifully cast and worn from handling, and one of Adam’s favorite objects in his shop. Here’s the Other Minds book Adam mentioned: https://amzn.to/2YkeSyH
This weekend build takes on something that’s been bothering Adam for a while: the stability of his workbench. So in order to pay it forward for all future One Day Builds, Adam takes apart his workbench and rebuilds it to his satisfaction. The project takes a few detours as Adam has to contend with welder issues, so it’s not a build that goes as originally planned!
How do you achieve the (flawless) aesthetics of science fiction with limited budget, space and time? Adam Savage speaks to production designer Tony Ianni about how he and his team of hundreds create The Expanse’s many otherworldly — and very convincing — sets with a TV budget and timeline.
We go hands-on with the latest alpha build of LOW-FI, the cyberpunk open-world VR game from the makers of Technolust. Plus we chat with the game’s creator Blair Renaud about the scope of the game, cinema influences, and plans for further updates to the Alpha as well as PSVR support. It’s the closest we’ve felt to being in Blade Runner in virtual reality. Plus, we test QuestDraw AR, a painting tool for the Oculus Quest that works with an AR iOS viewer.
We test and compare the new DJI Mavic Air 2 and Skydio 2 drones, both of which make use of impressive technology for obstacle avoidance and automated subject tracking. Here’s the state of consumer drones in 2020 and what tech is meaningful for drone pilots who want to film aerial video, shoot photos, and fly safely with confidence.
Bill Doran of Punished Props Academy joins us this week to talk about the PlayStation 5 unveiling and games showcase, Comic Con at home happening next month for free, and our excitement for Star Wars: Squadrons! Plus, a lot of VR news and catching up with our favorite foamsmith!
Once Adam finished making his mini bandsaw, he was inspired to try his hand at making more custom tools and developing his own machining skills. The mini machine vise he previously made finds its home in an awesome mini chop saw, which actually takes Adam a whole week to design, sketch, and build piece by piece. After a huge amount of trial and error, Adam is so pleased with the finished build–it might be his favorite One Day Build ever!
Adam talks about a recent shop incident getting a metal shaving stuck in his eye, and the close calls he’s had in the past concerning eye injuries. We also talk about the institutional knowledge that isn’t retained and the cases in history where it’s come back to haunt us. Plus, a renewed interest in recording unauthorized commentaries, and anticipation for Adam’s participation in Sci-Fi’s Great Debate show!
Adam’s latest tool tip is short and sweet: his pick for reusable shop rags to use around the cave for cleaning, applying paint washes, and wiping off your hands. Adam goes through the various kinds of rag materials and the benefits of each (as well as the ones to avoid) and shares his pick for most reliable shop rags that actually come from the medical field! Find surgical towels here.
For today’s Show and Tell, Adam brings out an incredible LED flashlight that was gifted to him years ago by some friends at Google. This ridiculous flashlight combines four high power LEDs with custom reflectors for a combined 3000 lumens of brightness that can easily light up an entire room. And Adam’s favorite part about it may be its development codename: the Firesword. Now you know why Adam had to build a lithium-ion battery gang charger!