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Sunday, 28 November, 2021 UTC

Playing Chess in Quest 2 Mixed Reality — Awesome Unity Slices Demo!

We go hands-on with the upcoming Unity Slices: Table, a mixed reality demo from Unity Labs that makes use of the Quest 2's new passthrough video API as well as Presence Platform developer tools. Not only does it let us interact with a chessboard perfectly ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 11 November, 2021 UTC

Hands-On: Lynx R1 Mixed Reality AR/VR Headset!

We go hands-on with a prototype of the Lynx R1, a standalone AR/VR headset that is shipping next year for $600. Running on the same Qualcomm XR2 processor as the Quest 2, the Lynx R1 fully embraces pass-through mixed reality with full-color cameras, hand ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 21 October, 2021 UTC

Varjo Aero VR Headset Review—Insane Display Detail!

We test and review the new Varjo Aero--a virtual reality headset with the best image quality and display clarity we've used in a consumer/prosumer HMD. Here's an in-depth look at the Varjo Aero's technology, display and optics, and how it runs our favorite ... more - [email protected]

Tuesday, 7 September, 2021 UTC

Inside an Arriflex 16mm Film Camera!

Watch this episode in virtual reality here: Continuing the deep dive into his 16mm camera collection, Sean takes out and takes apart the venerable Ariflex ST--one of the first professional 16mm ... more - [email protected]

Saturday, 7 August, 2021 UTC

More Weird and Wonderful Vintage Analog Clocks!

Sean's back to share more from his collection of vintage mechanical clocks! This selection of striking timepieces includes the "Remindotimer" with physical alarm switches for almost every minute of the day, and a guardman's watchclock with one ... more - [email protected]

Thursday, 5 August, 2021 UTC

How Lightfield Displays Will Make Holograms Possible

Let's talk holograms! We test the new Lume Pad tablet with lightfield display--a glasses-free 3D technology that allows for quick switching between traditional 2D and holographic views. Here's how startup Leia plans to let you watch any YouTube video ... more - [email protected]

Tuesday, 27 July, 2021 UTC

Weird and Wonderful Vintage Analog Clocks!

Sean Charlesworth from Tested shares one of his passion projects: collecting, restoring, and creating displays out of vintage mechanical clocks. Taking apart a few pieces from his collection, Sean shows the beautiful mechanisms that operate these timepieces, ... more - [email protected]

Sunday, 25 July, 2021 UTC

Let's Build: Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Model Kit (Part 6)

Follow along as Norm embarks on the Eaglemoss Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D model kit! In this episode, we start putting together parts from the Enterprise's engineering section! Learn more about this model at ... more - [email protected]

Monday, 19 July, 2021 UTC

Adam Savage's Lifecasts Collection!

Watch this episode in VR with Oculus TV: Adam brings out his collection of lifecasts (of himself!) that have been used over the years for makeup effects, costume fittings, and other art projects. ... more - [email protected]

Tuesday, 22 June, 2021 UTC

The FX History of the Dinosaur Input Device!

Watch this episode in VR here: Modelmaker and fabricator Sean Charlesworth shares a rare piece of special effects history: a Dinosaur Input Device (DID) made by the stop-motion ... more - [email protected]

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 - teste[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]