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    Tested: Insta360 EVO Convertible VR180 Camera

    We test the new Insta360 EVO, a camera that can switch between shooting in 360 video and 180-degree stereoscopic video for virtual reality headsets. Here's a quick primer on why 180-degree VR video is compelling, and how compact cameras like the Insta360 EVO will let you capture great-looking VR video without complicated post-processing.

    Show and Tell: Laser-Cut Miniature Wargaming Terrain Kits!

    We recently discovered the awesome world of custom wargaming terrain, like these laser-cut kits from BlackSiteStudio. We've put together a few of them now, including an intricate modular fallout shelter. This kit we're assembling today is even more impressive, making excellent use of the laser-cut aesthetic for post-apocalyptic architecture!

    Hobby RC: A Transformable Quadcopter

    In my last article, I explained how I used a mini-quadcopter as the basis for a DIY hovercraft. My inspiration for that project was the Tiny Whoov, a hovercraft built around the Blade Inductrix. Blade sells their own hovercraft adaptation, called the Inductrix Switch. Just recently, Blade released yet another new vehicle based on the Inductrix frame, the Inductrix Switch Air.

    The Inductrix Switch Air introduces a set of wings to the quadcopter frame. A few simple transformation steps allow you to fly this machine as a pure quad or as an airplane/quad hybrid. Furthermore, the quadcopter components can be snapped into the hovercraft hull of the Switch. This makes the Inductrix Switch Air a sort of 3-in-1 flying machine.

    The Inductrix Switch Air comes with quadrotor and flying wing setups. It can also be a hovercraft.

    About the Inductrix Switch Air

    First things first: "Inductrix Switch Air" is a mouthful. So I'll just call it the "Air" in this article. Blade offers the Air in two variants. The Ready-to-Fly (RTF) model ($60) includes everything needed to get this machine in the sky. If you already own a compatible Spektrum transmitter, you can save a ten bucks by going with the Bind-N-Fly (BNF) version ($50).

    I have the RTF model. The included 2.4GHz transmitter is considerably smaller than a standard RC transmitter, but it is still large enough for my adult hands to hold and use comfortably. The package also includes four AA-size alkaline batteries to power the radio.

    The RTF package includes all the components needed to fly the Inductrix as a pure quadcopter or a flying wing.

    There are features within the transmitter that belie its outward minimalist appearance. The quad's onboard flight controller (FC) has separate flight modes for each form of the vehicle (quad/wing/hovercraft). These modes define how the vehicle responds to control inputs. They are selected by moving the control sticks to specific positions before arming the motors. A multi-colored LED on the FC indicates which mode is selected. Additional options within each flight mode are chosen by pressing inward (axially) on the right control stick. An inward push on the left control stick toggles motor arming.

    Tested: GodHand Nippers for Plaster Model Kits!

    We've been happy using our trusty Xuron flush cutters for modelmaking projects, but were curious about these $50 Japanese GodHand nippers. How does a set of flush cutters compare to something five times the price? We get up close to model kit sprues and take a look.

    The Cut and Sew Clothing in Mezco's 1:12 Figures

    While New York Toy Fair is going on this week, we celebrate our love for pop culture toys and collectibles with a week of toy videos! First off, Norm puts a spotlight on Mezco's 1:12 figures, which have impressed with their posability and cut and sew clothes, making them great for photographing and customizing.

    Show and Tell: USB-Powered Soldering Iron!

    Jeremy shares one of his recent favorite tools: a USB-powered soldering iron that draws its power from a Quick Charger 3.0 USB port. While soldering for an upcoming Tested project, Jeremy demonstrates how quickly the UYChan TS80 heats up for use on site.

    Hobby RC: Revisiting the Kyosho Blizzard

    It's been nearly four years since I reviewed the Kyosho Blizzard SR, an electric-powered RC snowcat. I wrote that review in summertime while visiting family in Florida. Although designed for snow, the Blizzard adapted well to the loose, sandy, foot-scalding soil. Now that I live in Buffalo, NY, I've been able to operate the Blizzard in its natural habitat. It is an amazing little machine that thrives in the snow. The stock controls, however, needed a few updates to make this machine more user-friendly in freezing temperatures.

    Baby, You'll Freeze Out There

    One of the selling points of the Blizzard SR is that it uses a Wi-Fi link with your smartphone for control. Kyosho's iReceiver app provides on-screen thumb controls to operate the tracks. It also shows a real-time video feed from a forward-facing camera in the Blizzard's cab. The end result is First Person View (FPV) RC snow plowing.

    I noted in the review that the phone-based controls worked well enough most of the time. However, the connection was not completely reliable. Also, the driving controls were somewhat clunky without the tactile feedback of a standard RC controller. More recently, I discovered that the phone interface has other limitations when driving in cold weather.

    Tested: Sony 1000XM3 Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Norm shares one of his favorite new pieces of kit, Sony's 1000XM3 active noise-cancelling headphones. We were surprised by how far noise-cancelling technology has come, without sacrificing audio quality. Here's a quick demo to test and show how these headphones cut out loud sounds compared to passive ear protection.

    Tested: Dremel 3D45 3D Printer!

    We review Dremel's third-generation 3D printer, the Digilab 3D45. Sean runs it through its paces and goes over his likes, dislikes, and how he adapted the printer to work with a variety of filaments. Here's why the 3D45 is a good fit for schools and maker spaces.

    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.