This self-solving Rubik's Cube robot was one of the coolest things we saw at Maker Faire 2019. Its creator Takashi Kaburagi shows us how it works and we take a peek beneath the tiles to see its robotic core. Watch it come alive and perform a solve!
We meet up with Sophy Wong, who incorporates technology and wearables in her many projects, from light-up jackets to an awesome spacesuit. Sophy shares the making of her pieces, how she weaves lights and sensors into soft materials, and gives some recommendations on how to get started.
We test and review the HP Reverb, a Windows Mixed Reality headset that has the sharpest display we've seen so far in a consumer virtual reality headset. We compare its clarity to the displays of the original Rift and Rift S, in games like Rec Room, Space Pirate Trainer, and Elite Dangerous. This resolution bump is truly impressive, though the headset isn't without its faults.
We go hands-on with Lenovo's new foldable PC, which pairs a 13.3" bendable OLED display with a full-fledged Intel system and Windows. We take a close look at how this Thinkpad X1 prototype avoids the pitfalls of other folding screens and discuss the potential benefits of a computer designed to be this portable. It's exciting to see new display technology finally in real products!
We play through and review Vader Immortal, the first proper VR Star Wars experience that is part game and part story-driven immersive attraction. Spoiler-free impressions are at the start, and then we dive into some story-specifics of this unique Quest launch title. Plus, we play Battlewake, the upcoming VR pirate ship combat game from Survios!
We're back in Adam's cave to check out some of Adam's computer history collection, including recent acquisitions from the early days of digital computing. Adam shares the significance of each piece and why these he loves collecting these artifacts that together tell the story of human ingenuity.
We test and review the new Oculus Rift S virtual reality headset, which replaces the original Oculus Rift and Touch controllers. Here's how the new display looks, how well the inside-out tracking system works, and the range of motion for the new controllers. Plus, Jeremy makes a D-I-Y solution to adding quality headphones to the Rift S with a 3D printed mount.
We meet effects artist Jasper Anderson, aka Mr. Chicken's Prop Shop, who shares with us his take on an D-I-Y animatronic raven that he's designed and produces as a kit. We take a look under the feathers of his raven and see how its array of servos work together to bring this creature to life.
We have the Oculus Quest! After a week of testing its inside-out tracking, graphical performance, and a selection of its launch games, we review the Oculus Quest standalone virtual reality headset. Let's go in-depth with how its passthrough camera system works, guardian setup, and the quality of experiences on this game-changer for VR.
We recently visited Valve to preview the new Valve Index virtual reality headset! Back in our studio, we give our impressions of the headset and Index controllers (aka Knuckles), as well as talk through the technical advances that make this a potentially significant improvement over the current generation of VR headsets.
We assemble and test the new Nintendo Labo: VR Kit accessories and games! From the cardboard build ups to the virtual reality experiences, we were extremely impressed by what Nintendo was able to achieve with the Switch's display and motion-sensing hardware. Here's how the VR toy-cons work and what it's like to play them! (Follow Will on Twitch and watch his assembly of these Toy-Cons here.)
After modeling his replica of the Key to Erebor, Darrell walks us through the process of 3D printing it on his SLA printer, and then cleaning up that print to use in the making of a two-part silicone mold. Next up, casting! Thanks to Smooth-On for providing the moldmaking materials for this project!
We love ourselves a good blaster replica, and the ones created by Aurum FX for Bungie's Destiny game are a sight to behold. We chat with Eric of Aurum FX to learn about their modeling and finishing process, and get a close look at their replicas of the Thorn, Ace of Spades, Sunshot, and The Last Word props!