Adam Savage tell stories as he remembers Grant Imahara. Grant recently died from a brain aneurysm.
Grant made Geoff Peterson, a snarky, remote-controlled skeleton which was used on the Craig Ferguson Late Show. The creation became so popular it even has its own Wikipedia entry and ironically, that entry is significantly longer than Imahara’s.
Grant made the Battlebot, Deadblow. Deadblow competed in BattleBots in the middleweight division using a fast pneumatic hammer as its weapon. Deadblow won 2 rumbles and was ranked number 2 among middleweights, right after Hazard. It had 7 wins and 6 losses.
Deadblow most notable use came in 2009 in “Driving In The Dark” episode of Mythbusters, which saw Imahara, Tory Belleci and temporary Build Team member Jessi Combs testing the myth that smugglers can beat checkpoints at the Canada–US border by turning off their headlights while not crashing or navigating wrongly due to lack of light. To simulate an oncoming car with its headlights ablaze, Imahara fastened halogen lamps to Deadblow – which earned it the nickname of “Blinky” – and drove it towards Belleci, who was playing the role of a smuggler in a go-kart with its headlights off, causing him to veer and crash into the tire wall.
SOURCES – Tested, Mythbusters, Battlebots, Wikipedia, Star Trek Continues
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com