We visit the labs of Tactical Haptics, where the company has been prototyping new versions of their haptic feedback VR controller during the COVID lockdown. Their controller's use of sheer forces to simulate weight and object interaction is one of the most compelling haptics implementations we've tried. Chatting with founder and CEO Will Provancher, we learn how they've been refining the controller design, creating new demo experiences, and their plans for their awesome multi-pose magnet sockets accessory!
On Monday, Adam was going to do a live build, but he couldn't find his kit(s), so the live stream turned into a Q&A: everything from funny stories about Grant, to how to remove rust, to whether Mrs. Donttrythis liked her watering can. Also: a sneak peek of a VERY EXCITING NEW BUILD! (Full live stream video here for Tested members!)
Adam shows you how to make a tapping guide block to help make perfectly aligned screw and bolt threads reliably and with ease. It's a handy accompaniment to the tap set you may have in your own shops, and something that may save you from breaking taps or bolts in the future. Adam dives into the ins and outs of thread tapping, common pitfalls, and his favorite tips and techniques for using these essential tools!
Adam covers an essential tool he's been using a lot lately in his machining journey, and that's Dykem blue layout fluid for making precise marks on material when even a fine tip pen won't do. Adam demonstrates how to use layout fluid with his recommended scribe and explains why it's worth investing in a quality scribe for your projects!
Adam is so stoked to receive his Every Day Calendar--the device Simone Giertz created to help her meditate every day for a year. It's been a long journey turning her prototype into a real product, and Adam unboxes it for us and reviews its features. It's full of lovely subtle design elements that make using it a joyful experience!
For his wife's birthday, Adam makes from scratch a brass watering can for tending to their succulent garden! It's going to involve a wide range of brass working techniques to piece it together from raw sheets and tubes, from the engineering of the form to the machining and soldering of parts together to make it actually functional. And by the end, it becomes a beautiful bespoke gardening tool!
We test and review the Droplabs EP 01, a pair of sneakers with a built-in tactile transducer for haptic feedback while listening to music, watching movies, and playing games. It's an interesting example of technology designed to the constraints of footwear, giving a tactile sensation we didn't know we wanted from home entertainment. And one of the more interesting use cases: adding a new level of haptic feedback in virtual reality games.
We test and review the new Bantam Tools Desktop CNC, a powerful three-axis milling machine for precision carving of aluminum, wood, and other hard materials. Jen walks us through her experience using the CNC as a stepping stone from 3D printing and laser cutting, navigating the CAM workflow with Bantam Tools' user-friendly software. Here's how this machine can fit into maker spaces and home workshops to level up a maker's digital fabrication skillset.