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Thursday, 10 June, 2021 UTC

How Holographic Doom Works on a Lightfield Display!

We test out creating holograms from our phone portrait photos and playing holographic Doom in the Looking Glass Portrait lightfield display! Now that this display is shipping to crowdfunding backers, we get our hands on one to test out the software for ... more - [email protected]

Tuesday, 8 June, 2021 UTC

Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Great Budget Vacuum Former!

One of the most useful tools for a small scale modelmaker is a vacuum forming machine, which lets you make lightweight plastic copies of model or prop parts quickly. Adam shows us the vacuum former he built while he was a professional modelmaker, and ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 3 June, 2021 UTC

HTC Vive Pro 2 VR Headset Review!

We test and review the HTC Vive Pro 2, the latest desktop virtual reality headset from HTC. Norm evaluates the high-resolution display panel and optics choices made for this headset, and how they compare with alternatives like the Valve Index and HP Reverb ... more - [email protected]

Saturday, 22 May, 2021 UTC

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: OneWheel Electric Skateboard Mods!

Adam loves riding his OneWheel XR electric skateboard around the neighborhood, and makes modifications to his board to give it some attachable payload capacity as well as GoPro mounts to film his rides. The satchel he sews allows him to repurpose car ... more - [email protected]

Monday, 17 May, 2021 UTC

Behind the Scenes: Editing Spatial Audio in Virtual Reality!

Go behind the scenes in our video production with a look at two pieces of technology we've recently been using to make our videos. Joey tests the Hollyland Lark 150 wireless microphone system as an alternative to the wireless mic packs we've previously ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 6 May, 2021 UTC

The Animatronic Robot Designs of Mark Setrakian!

We visit the workshop of animatronics designer Mark Setrakian, whose robot creatures have appeared in some of our favorite films and TV shows. Mark shows us the operation and design of his Axis robots--as featured in BattleBots--and demonstrates how he ... more - [email protected]

Monday, 4 January, 2021 UTC

Holographic Display Prototype Hands-On: Looking Glass Portrait

We go hands-on with a prototype of the Looking Glass Portrait, a self-contained holographic display that can show volumetric photos, video, and cg models without the use of 3D glasses. It's the latest invention from Looking Glass Factory, and we chat ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 11 December, 2020 UTC

Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond VR Review!

We review the highly-anticipated Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, the first VR game from Respawn Entertainment and some of the team that worked on the original MoH: Allied Assault. Here's how this expansive WW2 adventure takes advantage of motion controls ... more - [email protected]

Sunday, 6 December, 2020 UTC

Tested in 2020: YOUR Favorite Things!

Now that we've shared some of our favorite things from 2020, it's time for Adam to reveal the Tested videos that you loved watching the most this year as well! Adam looks back at the most popular shop tools he showcased, the One Day Builds that resonated ... more - [email protected]

Monday, 23 November, 2020 UTC

Adam Savage's Favorite Things of 2020!

Oculus Quest 2: Elite Headstrap: Cubism: Silicone Grips for controllers: AMVR Earbuds: Ultra-thin hook and loop fasteners: ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 20 November, 2020 UTC

HP Reverb G2 VR Headset Review!

We test and review the final shipping production model of HP's Reverb G2 virtual reality headset, which has some meaningful improvements over the pre-production prototype we used this past summer. Here's how its high-resolution panels impacts VR experiences, ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 19 November, 2020 UTC

Star Wars: Tales from The Galaxy's Edge VR Review!

We review the just-released VR game Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge, the latest virtual reality experience from Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB. Here's how this Oculus Quest-exclusive experience differs from the episodic storytelling of Vader Immortal, how ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 15 October, 2020 UTC

Augmented Reality Telepresence in HoloLens 2 and Quest 2!

As more people start using VR and AR headsets, we're curious about the ways the two technologies can work together in social applications. One example is Spatial, a mixed reality shared workspace app that allows for asymmetrical interactions--users can ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 9 October, 2020 UTC

Battle Royale in VR: Population One Quest 2 Hands-On!

We go hands-on with Popluation: One, the upcoming virtual reality Battle Royale game made for cross-platform play. Check out how it looks and plays on the Oculus Quest 2 while we chat with BigBox VR's founders about the making of the game and the challenges ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 1 October, 2020 UTC

Star Wars: Squadrons VR Gameplay Review!

It's finally here! We review Star Wars: Squadrons and how it plays in VR headsets like the Valve Index and Quest 2. Here's how dogfighting in X-Wings and TIE Fighters looks and plays in virtual reality, and the differences between flying with a gamepad, ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 24 September, 2020 UTC

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, ... more - [email protected]

Wednesday, 16 September, 2020 UTC

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, ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 10 September, 2020 UTC

Hands-On with Tactical Haptics' SaberGrip VR Controller

We visit the labs of Tactical Haptics, where the company has been prototyping new versions of their haptic feedback VR controller during the COVID lockdown. Their controller's use of sheer forces to simulate weight and object interaction is one of the ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 4 September, 2020 UTC

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, ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 6 August, 2020 UTC

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 ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 24 July, 2020 UTC

Building a New Gaming and VR PC!

We wrap up this week with a fun project, as Norm puts on a topical cosplay to build his new editing, gaming, and VR PC. Follow along the assembly as we talk through the component choices, order of operations, and what we liked about this configuration ... more - [email protected]

Wednesday, 15 July, 2020 UTC

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Custom Pistol Whip Controller!

Adam can't get enough of the VR game Pistol Whip (aka leg day for working out in VR) and builds a custom machined aluminum mount for his Oculus Quest controller to add some heft to the gameplay. It's also a chance for Adam to apply acid etching to metal, ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 10 July, 2020 UTC

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 ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 26 June, 2020 UTC

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 ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 19 June, 2020 UTC

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 ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 12 June, 2020 UTC

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. ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 12 June, 2020 UTC

Live Q&A with Adam Savage (June 9, 2020)

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SUPER CHAT CONTRIBUTORS! After a two-week hiatus, our live stream is back! This week, we're trying something different: now that Adam has upgraded his shop wifi, we are enabling chat here on YouTube, within the stream itself. ... more - [email protected]

Friday, 29 May, 2020 UTC

Nreal Augmented Reality Glasses Developer Kit Review!

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 ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 28 May, 2020 UTC

PinSim Mini Arcade Joystick and Virtual Pinball Controller!

Jeremy checks in from home to show what projects he's been working on during lockdown, including repairing an RC car, large LEGO build, and upgrading the code on his Game Frame LED display. We also dive into Jeremy's Pinball obsession, with a quick look ... more - [email protected]

Saturday, 23 May, 2020 UTC

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 ... more - [email protected]