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    Show and Tell: Pip Boy 2000 Mod!

    Bill Doran of Punished Props Academy is in our studio for a few days for projects, and brought along his modded Fallout Pip Boy 2000! Bill walks us through the upgrades he made for this kit, including a new static display, lights, and an integrated bluetooth speaker! (Watch Bill's video about his mod here.)

    PROJECTIONS: Magic Leap Dr. Grordbort's Invaders Review!

    For our last episode of Projections for the year, we review Dr. Grordbort's Invaders, Weta Gameshop's impressive augmented reality action game. Plus, we take a look at another new Magic Leap experience, Luna: Moondust Garden, and its approach to storytelling in augmented reality.

    Tested: Tilta Wireless Follow Focus Lens Control System

    Joey tests the Tilta Nucleus-Nano, a wireless follow focus system for controlling the lens on his Panasonic GH5 camera. This lens control system was made to work with Tilta's handheld gimbal rig, and Joey explains how he would use this kind of lens control system in a professional production, and why the price for this wireless follow focus is noteworthy.

    PROJECTIONS: Covert, Virtual Desktop, and Oculus Go Recommendations!

    We're back with more episodes of Projections, our show about virtual and augmented reality! This week, we review two new Oculus Go experiences: Covert, an asymmetrical spy game, and Virtual Desktop, the mobile port of the desktop VR app. Plus, a few Oculus Go picks for new users who may be getting this headset for the holidays.

    Tested: Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit Review

    Nintendo has just released its third Labo kit: a collection of cardboard vehicle peripherals that you put together yourself and play on the Switch console. Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore assemble the steering wheel, flight stick, and submarine controllers. Once again, the fun is the in the build!

    Quick Look at The xArm 7 Programmable Robot Arm!

    We check out the xArm 7, the upcoming 7-axis robot arm made by UFactory, who previously released the desktop-sized uArm. UFactory's co-founder Tony walks us through the functions of their new industrial arm, shows us how it works, and explains why they built this arm for professional use.

    Laser Cutting a Westworld Data Card!

    This week, we experiment with etching anodized aluminum on our Universal Laser Systems laser cutter! Sean uses this to make a replica of a small hand prop seen the most recent season of Westworld. (Don't worry, no spoilers here!)

    Show and Tell: 2001 EVA Pod Model Kit!

    2001: A Space Odyssey fans are in for a treat! We go hands-on with the Discovery EVA Pod model kit from Moebius Models, an 1/8th scale miniature we first saw at Comic-Con. It's an impressive styrene kit that's much bigger than we imagined, and we show its details side-by-side with the 12th-scale Atomic City garage kit released almost a decade ago.

    Tested: Formlabs Wash and Cure Stations

    Sean reviews Formlabs' Form Wash and Form Cure post-processing accessories for the SLA 3D printer. The wash and cure stations help clean up and cure prints to make them come out cleaner and last longer, and automates some of the cleanup you would have to otherwise do manually. But they also have some hefty costs, starting with their prices.

    3D-Printing in Multiple Colors with the Palette 2

    We check out the Mosaic Palette 2, an accessory that allows 3D printers to print in multiple colors and materials by splicing different printer filament and feeding a new strand into your printer. Mosaic's Mitch Debora explains what's new in the Palette 2 and shows us their splicer software that lets you colorize your models for printing.

    Tested: Magic Leap One Augmented Reality Headset Review!

    It's finally here! We spend a week testing the Magic Leap One augmented reality headset, the long-awaited developer kit utilizing Magic Leap's secretive display technology. Let's dive deep into the hardware, display tech, user experience, and launch applications. Post your questions about the headset in the comments section!

    Testing: Aquacraft Wildcat EP RC Boat

    Ah, summertime. The livin' is easy, the fish are jumpin', and it's the best time of year for me to get in some RC boating. My newest boat is the Wildcat EP from Aquacraft ($190). This electric-powered catamaran is sold as a ready-to-run package. Let's take a look at the details and then see how she performs.

    Preparing the Wildcat EP

    The Wildcat EP is completely factory-built, with a plastic hull measuring a little over 25 inches (635mm) long. Twin rudders jutting out past the transom add another 3.5 inches (89mm) to the boat's length. The stickers you see are pre-applied. I like the color scheme, but the stickers on my example have several bubbles and lifted edges.

    A large hatch provides access to the onboard radio equipment and running gear. The hatch is held in place with two locating pins in the rear and a swiveling latch in the front. You have to be careful with the pins. I broke one of mine while removing the hatch.

    The Aquacraft Wildcat EP is a factory-built RC boat. This is how it comes out of the box.

    The boat is propelled by a single brushless motor with a flex-drive system connecting the propeller. Aquacraft includes a 50-amp, waterproof electronic speed control (ESC) as well. A pickup at the rear of the hull channels cooling water to the ESC and the motor's aluminum mount.

    It is important to keep the receiver and steering servo dry. So both of those components are housed in a waterproof compartment.. A simple pushrod arrangement links the servo to the rudders. The rudders feature a unique break-away mounting system. One of the two bolts securing each rudder is made of nylon. If a rudder hits an obstruction while driving, the nylon bolt will shear and allow the rudder to pivot rearwards without damage. Well, that's the theory anyway.

    Star Trek: Discovery Ship Models from Eaglemoss!

    With Star Trek: Discovery, we're seeing a reminaging of the TOS era of Star Trek starships. But many of the ship designs created for the show aren't fully appreciated in the computer-generated shots on screen. We check out some of these ships, like the new bird of prey or vulcan science vessel, at Eaglemoss' Comic-Con booth.

    Hands-On with Fallout 76's Pip-Boy Kit!

    We meet up with the Wand Company, makers of the upcoming Fallout 76 Pip-Boy 2000 Construction kit to pur our arm in this exquisite prop replica. Wand Company shows us some of the finer details of this kit, as well as their other beautiful collectibles from the Fallout game universe.

    Hands-On: Looking Glass Holographic Display

    We go hands-on with The Looking Glass, the new display from a company that's been experimenting with various forms of volumetric and lightfield imaging in pursuit of real-world holograms. Looking Glass Factory's CEO Shawn Frayne explains how this new display works and how he sees 3D artists using it to visualize their creations.

    Tested: Kessler Motorized Camera Slider!

    Joey gives an update to his use of camera sliders with this review of a motorized slider sysetm using the Kessler Second Shooter+ controller. Here's how Joey uses sliders for production of Tested videos, product coverage, timelapses, and other types of cinematography.

    PROJECTIONS, Episode 54: Mixed Reality with ZED Mini Camera

    We visit the offices of Stereolabs, the makers of the ZED and ZED Mini mixed reality camera systems to test out their implementation of a passthrough camera accessory for VR headsets. Using their ZED Mini, we're able to get an augmented reality experience with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and get a sense of the challenges of using a stereo camera system for passthrough AR.