The New Screen Savers

Dec 2nd 2017

The New Screen Savers 133

Creating Cosplay and Sci-Fi Props

AI playing video games, portrait mode smartphone comparison, the best VR games, and more.
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On this episode of The New Screen Savers for Saturday, December 2, 2017, with Leo Laporte and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ:

  • Meet a maker-extraordinaire who creates costumes, armor, weapons, and sci-fi gear from scratch. Shawn Thorsson, from Thorsson & Associates Workshop, is self-taught and builds all his amazing works of art in his shop in Sonoma County. Learn how he does it, plus see examples he brought along including Iron Man, a TIE Fighter pilot from Star Wars, and the Schick Hydrobot.
  • What is machine learning and how does a neural network work? SethBling explains how he created two neural networks, MarI/O and MariFlow, to play Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart.
  • Which smartphone takes the best 'portrait' style photos? Jason Howell compares five phones to find out, the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and OnePlus 5T.
  • In our Holiday Gift Guide, Sam Machkovech shares his top virtual reality games for the Rift, Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, and PlayStation VR.

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