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    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!

    PROJECTIONS: Nreal Light Augmented Reality Glasses Developer Kit!

    We spend a week with the new Nreal Light developer kit to get a sense of how this lightweight pair of augmented reality glasses works in the real world. While we've yet to see the final consumer version's software, the optics, image quality, and ergonomics of the developer kit give us optimism for the type of content we're hoping to see shine in this generation of mixed reality hardware.

    Episode 553 - Six Hour Director's Cut - 5/28/20
    We're back to the standard segment order in this week's episode, where we talk about the SpaceX crewed Dragon launch (recorded before the mission was rescheduled), HBO Max's launch and plans for Zack Snyder's Justice League cut, and HP's new VR headset unveiled at the Augmented World Expo! Plus, in our new interview segment Living with Covid, Kishore interviews Ian Haydon, a volunteer who took part in the recent clinical trial of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine candidate.
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    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!

    Episode 552 - One Year of Quest - 5/21/20
    The reverse-order podcast returns as special guest Devindra Hardawar joins us this week to talk about how the Oculus Quest platform has grown in its first year of release, the release of Half-Life: Alyx workshop tools, and the technologies and use cases for AR glasses that will make them mainstream. Plus, Build 2020 news, new shows we've been watching, and a special science interview segment!
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    No $80 Cable Needed: Oculus Quest Link Works Out of the Box!

    Is the $80 Oculus Link cable obsolete? A stealth update in the Oculus Beta channel has enabled Link support for USB 2.0 cables, including the 3 meter charging cable bundled with the Oculus Quest! Performance is the same as with the fiber optic cable, and USB 2.0 extension cables work as well. Just opt in to the PTC (Public Test Channel) in Oculus software, restart, and you can start playing desktop VR games like Half-Life: Alyx on the Quest!

    Episode 551 - Cozy LEGO - 5/14/20
    The podcast is flipped on its head this week as we go through our usual segments in reverse order, starting with the VR minute! Norm, Jeremy, and Kishore talk about how they celebrated mother's day, cozy LEGO builds, and the impending release of the Hamilton concert film on Disney+. Plus, hand tracking experiments in VR, Unreal Engine 5 looking amazing, and hype for the upcoming Lower Decks Star Trek show. That and the usual goodness in this week's packed episode!
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    Hand Physics Lab: Hand Tracking Demos in Oculus Quest!

    We go hands-on with an experimental virtual reality demo from Holonautics that taps into the controller-free hand tracking abilities of the Oculus Quest! Hand Physics Lab gives us an idea of how hands-only controls could work in future VR experiences and games, and the challenges in user interface design and interaction models that will need to be tackled before hands replace tracked controllers. Developers Dennys Kuhnert and Roger Kung from Holonautic joins us for a discussion about the making of Hand Physics Lab and what they've learned so far!

    Tested: Microphones for Podcasts, Livestreams, Vlogs, and Virtual Meetings!

    Whether you're livestreaming, recording vlogs and videos, or just want your virtual meetings and conference calls to sound better, there are a bunch of ways to upgrade from the built-in microphone on laptops, smartphones, and cameras. We go through various options ranging from gaming headsets to podcast studio microphones with USB audio interfaces, and give you examples of the sound quality differences between each of them!

    Episode 550 - A Flying Robot on Mars - 5/7/20
    Jeremy's back from Spring Break as we go over the news from Star Wars day, the Space Force show trailer, upgrades to both Surface and MacBook Pro laptops, and a fully mechanical handheld pong game from the 70s. Plus, updates in a Moment of Science and NASA's announcement of sending a flying robot to Mars as well as filming a Tom Cruise movie in space! What the what?
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    Tested From Home: Using an iPhone or DSLR as Webcam

    While working from home, Norm experiments with different camera setups for Zoom meetings, podcasting, and livestreaming with OBS Studio software. Here's how you can get much better video quality than your laptop's built-in webcam by using either an iPhone, Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera, or camcorder, and the pros and cons of each. You can get great-looking video even without a capture card!

    Episode 459 - All Week Battery Life - 4/30/20
    Will sits in this week as we discuss the rumors that Apple will transition Mac processors away from Intel next year, what the success of Trolls 2 means for theatrical releases, and the groundbreaking specs for Canon's EOS R5 camera. Plus, Star Wars television show news, a swimming dinosaur discovery, and the delightful Animal Crossing-based talk show created by our friend Gary Whitta!
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    Tested From Home: LEGO Builds and Camera Test!

    Norm checks in with a weekend show and tell of two unique LEGO builds: one an official crowdfunded LEGO set that was a pilot program for Technic automata, and the second a delightful custom Star Trek starship designed by a fan. It's also a way for us to test an iOS app that allows using an iPhone as a low-latency live camera that can feed directly into an OBS Studio mix. The quality of the connection is surprisingly good!