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    Adam Savage Explains How Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot Works!

    Adam Savage has been operating Boston Dynamics' Spot robot for a few months, getting to know the ins and outs of its capabilities. While more projects with Spot are in the works, Adam today answers questions about how Spot works, showing core features like how it's manually controlled to how it can autonomously navigate planned missions. Its different gaits are mesmerizing!

    Adam Savage's Spot Robot Rickshaw Carriage!

    Adam's first project with Boston Dynamics' Spot robot gives it a novel purpose: pulling a custom-built carriage with Adam as its passenger! Watch Adam give Spot some Victorian flair and the interesting problems that arise in marrying cutting-edge robot technology with vintage transport.

    Adam Savage Tests Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot!

    Adam welcomes a new member to the Tested family: Boston Dynamics' Spot robot! All throughout this year, Adam will be conducting builds and projects with Spot, integrating it into the workshop and taking it on adventures in the field. The first thing to do is test Spot's capabilities at an outdoor training course! Our Year with Spot commences!

    Tested at the AWS DeepRacer Championship Cup!

    After a full year of summit and online competitions, the top AWS DeepRacer competitors travel to Las Vegas to face off in the DeepRacer Championship Cup! We chat with competitors and learn how they've developed models to send the DeepRacer autonomous RC car around a track it's never seen before, and the strategies to keep pace with the world's best. (This video is sponsored by Amazon Web Services.)

    Hands-On: Haptic Gloves to Control a Telepresence Robot!

    We go literally hands-on with the HaptX haptic glove to test its integration with an incredibly dexterous telepresence robot by Shadow Robot Company. Using these VR hand controllers, we're able to not only manipulate intricate objects like a rubix cube, but feel the objects we're grasping in a natural and intuitive way! We chat with the makers of this tech to learn how far telepresence robotics have come and what's next.

    Driving a Robot on NASA's Roverscape!

    During our visit to NASA Ames Research Center, we stopped by the Roverscape, a testing ground for robots and rovers that simulates various types of terrain. We chat with an engineer from the Intelligent Robotics Group about robot testing platforms, and pilot both a real and virtual robot! Learn more about NASA's Open Mission Control Technologies software here!

    DJI RoboMaster S1 Robot Hands-On and Build!
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    We build and test drive the new DJI RoboMaster S1, an RC robot that has a powerful drive system, blaster capabilities, and robust programming potential. We found that it was really fun to assemble and were really impressed with its responsiveness and FPV control. There's a lot to unpack here!

    Behind the Scenes of Weta Workshop's 'I Am Mother' Robot
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    Adam meets the titular character from the new film 'I Am Mother', and surprisingly, this robot is actually an incredible practical costume fabricated by Weta Workshop. Luke Hawker, the lead on the build who also performed as Mother, shows us how this complex suit works and what it takes to transform into a mechanical character.

    Mech Warfare with Airsoft Firing Robots!
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    We step into the Mech Warfare arena to check out these agile robots that stomp around a miniature cityscape in heated combat. Builder Toni Lanett Harris shows us how these robots are made using off-the-shelf parts like FPV RC cameras and electric airsoft rifles, with pilots controlling them from the mech's point of view!

    Self-Solving Rubik's Cube Robot!
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    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!

    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.

    Show and Tell: Fat Shark 101 FPV Quadcopter

    We take the new Fat Shark 101 quadcopter for a spin to see if this ready-to-fly system can be a good entry point for FPV drone racing. Fat Shark puts quadcopter, transmitter, and FPV goggles in one package that works outside the box, but its features may be too limiting for drone fans.

    Alonso Martinez's 3D-Printed Animated Robots!

    We're gushing with grins and delight at the sight of these adorable animated robots created by artist Alonso Martinez. Sean chats with Alonso to learn how he designed and engineered his family of robots, using processes like 3D printing, mold-making, and silicone casting. They're amazing!

    Restoring Showbiz Pizza's Animatronic Robots!

    Jack Turner is obsessed with Showbiz Pizza's iconic animatronic robots. He and his father have scrounged up these old characters to restore them to their music-playing glory! We chat with Jack about his project and how he learned to rebuild these robots to animate the same way they did in the 80s.

    How MegaBots Will Let You Build Your Own Giant Fighting Robot!

    MegaBots' creators want you to be able to one day build your own giant fighting robot. But how is that possible? Simone and Norm visit the MegaBots headquarters to learn how their latest prototype--now equipped with giant steel knives--is the next step to proving that the dream of making your own giant robot is real.

    Tested: Hover Camera Passport Drone Review

    We review the Hover Camera Passport, a lightweight foldable quadcopter that uses computer vision technology to track your face and body as it flies around you. We love its compact design and ease of use, and take the drone out for test flights around the city. Here's what we think of the resulting footage.