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    Tested: VR Simulator Cockpit Rig Build!

    In anticipation of Star Wars: Squadrons, Norm puts together and tests a flight simulator cockpit kit from Next Level Racing. Made for driving and flight sims, this racing seat works with the Buttkicker bass shaker, our favorite HOTAS and racing wheel, and can be assembled in under two hours. Here's how a sim rig increases the immersion for VR cockpit sims, and we highly recommend it for VR games like Elite Dangerous, Project Cars 3, and Vox Machinae!

    Lighting Setup for 1/6 Scale Figure Photography!

    Norm shares his lighting setup for photographing sixth scale figures, using a combination of Aputure and Lume Cube LED lights, mounted to his office table with adjustable mounts. We walk through how each light is used and why a mini magic arm mounting solution works so well at this scale. To wrap things up, we put a Hot Toys War Machine figure under this setup for a quick photo session!

    Tested: Oculus Quest 2 Review!

    We've been testing the new Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset for about two weeks, and dive deep into its differences from the first Quest, Rift S, and other VR headsets. Here's how it plays existing Quest games with its new processor and display, how it feels with the new Elite headstrap accessory, and what Quest 2 means for the Oculus mobile and PC VR ecosystems.

    Testing iPhone 11 Lens Attachments + Custom Storage Box!

    We test a selection of iPhone 11 Pro lenses from Sandmarc, ranging from their 10mm fisheye to cinematic anamorphic lens to show you what kind of photos and video you can capture with lens attachements. These massive lenses can be a bit unwieldy to swap and store, so Norm makes a custom tray to keep all the accessories together and organized!

    Tested: Droplabs Haptic Feedback Shoes Review!

    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.

    Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine Review!

    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.

    Snap Ships Modular Spaceship Building Kits!

    We unbox and review the new Snap Ships modular building sets that we first saw at Maker Faire two years ago! It's amazing to see this idea of a spaceship building system go from 3d-printed prototypes to polished product, and retain the fun and versatility of the original design. We show how the build system works as we assemble the largest of the kits.

    Tested: Peopoly Phenom L SLA 3D Printer Review

    We test and review the Peopoly Phenom L, an SLA resin printer with a build platform large enough to print entire wearable helmets as a single print! For Darrell, that massive build volume is a game changer for making props and cosplay armor, as he evaluates the setup, print quality, and limits of the Phenom L. We check in with Darrell to dive into his testing impressions and take a look at his test prints, including a life-size Infinity Gauntlet!

    Tested: LG GX Gallery OLED TV Review!

    With theaters not opening any time soon around here, we look to bring the cinema experience home by upgrading to a wall-mounted OLED television. In testing the LG GX, we examine what's new in this year's line of 4K OLEDs, dive into how Filmmaker Mode works, and take a look at what the ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV format means in the era of streaming. (This video was made possible with product provided by LG. Learn more here. )

    PROJECTIONS: HP Reverb G2 Hands-On Test and Impressions

    We get our hands on a near-final prototype of HP's upcoming Reverb G2 Windows Mixed Reality VR headset and put it to the test! Here's how it compares with the Valve Index and Oculus Rift S, as well as its improvements over the original Reverb G1. From improved optics and tracking to Valve's audio design and new controllers, there's a lot to be excited about for desktop virtual reality gamers!

    Edelkrone jibONE Camera Motion Control Review

    We test and review Edelkrone's jibONE and headPLUS motion control system that's designed for portability and ease of single-operator use. Tested Producer Joey breaks down what kind of dynamic camera shots you can get with this motorized jib and multi-axis head, the process to program in movements, and practical considerations for using it in studio and on location.

    VR Immersive Theater in The Under Presents: Tempest!

    We review The Under Presents: Tempest, a new interactive theater experience for Oculus Quest and Rift that pairs real actors with small groups of participants for a VR reimagning of Shakespeare's The Tempest. We chat with Tender Claws founder Samantha Gorman about the creation of this 45-minute multiplayer theatrical story and discuss the challenges and opportunities VR brings to stage performance.

    Show and Tell: Hot Toys 1/4 Scale Darth Vader Figure

    With Comic-Con at Home and the new Sideshow Con happening later this month, Norm gets in the collectibles mindset with a look at the Hot Toys quarter scale Darth Vader figure. We show off the incredible portrait sculpt and costuming on this massive figure, and give it a dynamic action pose for some toy photography. The detail in quarter scale is amazing!

    ButtKicker Gamer 2 Review: Amazing Audio Haptics in VR!

    Sound is a big part of immersion in VR, and adding a bass shaker to seated VR rigs is something we've always wanted to test. We're impressed by the performance of the ButtKicker Gamer 2 tactile transducer and amplifier kit, which works seamlessly with cockpit games from racing to mech piloting to space combat games, and adds a tremendous amount of fun to VR experiences. It's a highly-recommended upgrade to your VR setup!

    PROJECTIONS: Cyberpunk VR Game LOW-FI + QuestDraw AR!

    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.

    Tested: DJI Mavic Air 2 vs. Skydio 2 Autonomous Drone!

    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.

    3D-Printed VR Blaster Grip and Adventure Lab Escape Room!

    We review two VR games that attempt to bring location-based experiences into the home. First is Adventure Lab, a unique cooperative multiplayer game that's part escape room and part immersive theater, played with a live performer hosting every session. We also test Tower Tag, a VR arcade game with a free 3D print file to turn the Oculus Touch controllers into the exact sci-fi blaster you see in headset!

    LEGO BrickHeadz Anatomy Custom Figure!

    We wrap up this week with a custom LEGO build from a viewer mailbag, a show and tell of a vinyl collectible, and a test of a smartphone boom arm mount for filming small builds at home. This custom BrickHeadz was designed by Jonathan Klamm, as a tribute to artist Jason Freeny's anatomical sculptures. A fun and simple build you can find the pieces to put together yourself! Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, everyone!

    Phantom: Covert Ops Preview and Spaceteam VR Review!

    This week, we take a look at two VR games: the upcoming Phantom: Covert Ops and the just-released Spaceteam VR. Here's how Phantom: Covert Ops works as a stealth action game where you move around the world in a virtual kayak. We paddle through the first part of the game to get a sense of its unique gameplay and comfort level. Plus, Spaceteam VR may be just what we need in a VR party game while we're all stuck at home!