Prototype This premiers tomorrow

Discovery Channel’s new show Prototype This premiers tomorrow night at 10e/p. Every week the team will construct a new piece of unique machinery. The schedule for the first six episodes has already been published.

  • Mind Controlled Car, October 15
  • Boxing Robots, October 22
  • Traffic Busting Truck, October 29
  • Get Up and Go, November 5
  • Waterslide Simulator, November 12
  • Six-Legged All Terrain Vehicle, November 19

We initially reported on the show in August because it featured Defcon badge designer [Joe Grand].

UPDATE: [Joe] will be posting all of his schematics, source code, development notes, etc.

21 thoughts on “Prototype This premiers tomorrow

  1. Looks promising. I’m not sure how exciting watching them solve network problems in the second preview was….but yeah, looks promising.

  2. Discovery has allready run this for 3-4 weeks now, seen parts of “Boxing robots” and “traffic busting truck”
    the truck was kind of funny, but the design had its flaws… :P

  3. I saw Joe’s name come through on an order for (to be unnamed) electronic gizmos, at work earlier this year (haha, I know the address of the secret warehouse). Anyway, I’ve been excited to see this show since they held auditions down at Techshop. I think they played around at Techshop for a while, getting the hang of things, before moving their own shop up to Treasure Island. The show has a pretty Mythbustery feel to it, though it’s really supposed to have a different goal. In Mythbusters, gadgets are tools that help prove or disprove “popular theories.” In Prototype This, the gadget itself is supposed to be the focus. Basically, it’s going to be Mythbusters minus the explosions, rushed science, and hot chicks. Just gadget-building.

  4. I enjoyed Joe’s talks at Defcon and would love to watch the show. Any chance that they will be streamed by Discovery later ?

  5. So what’s it going to take to campaign the Discovery network to show it over here in the UK? There’s no sign of it on the UK schedules.
    Hardly worth the effort- that is unless some enterprising fellow will be archiving it and putting it up on the internet somewhere… nudge nudge etc – its not like I don’t pay for discovery show content, as I get the channel on my Sky subscription.

  6. Definitely orientated towards children and/or the non-technical. Only a small mention of the technical details, and very dumbed down.

    The average Monster Garage or Junkyard Wars episode had more of the inner-workings of the builds on the screen than this episode. The site linked above seems neat, but I don’t recall of any mention of the site on the show itself. Some more screen time with the “development notes” shown on the site would go a long way to make it more to my likes.

    Right now the gap between the knowledge level the show is targeted at and the knowledge needed to interpret content on the site is huge.

  7. FYI, it’s “premieres”, not “premiers”. The latter is the plural for head of state, or winner of a premiership competition.

  8. Hey anybody knows where find the all episode ready to download?? the problem is that i’m from spain and i can’t see the show on regular tv, and me and my class have a lot of interest to see it

  9. I’ve just finished watching the first ep, enjoyed it and definitely looking forward to the future episodes.

    Did anyone else see that (god awful) series “Smash Lab”? this reminds me a bit of that show (heck knows how they secured a 2nd series!), except the Prototype This presenters appear to have a much better rapport with each other (and competence at their job) than the Smash Lab presenters.

  10. Am I the only person who can’t find the second or third episodes available on any of the normal torrent sites ?

    What’s happened here ? I’m in the uk and 90% of the TV I watch is downloaded as torrents. The first episode of Prototype This! was great and I’m desperate to see the rest.

  11. Same problem here raif, seems like only the first episode is available everywhere. I’m desperately trying to find all the other episodes before everyone loses interest, but I don’t think anyone is working on it. I know you can watch full episodes on Discovery.com… I’ll give it a try.

  12. This show just got aired recently in australia….
    Me sitting excitedly at home!

    *downloads season 1*

    Realises the show has been cancelled for 2 years.

    *crys-self-to-sleep*

    :(

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