What Is Jamie Hyneman Doing Now?
Jamie Hyneman isn't looking back
Since ending his 14-year run with popular television program MythBusters, in March 2016, Jamie Hyneman hasn't slowed down, in fact, some signs indicate that he may be just getting warmed up. The 61-year-old Michigan native has been a regular guest speaker at science and technology events throughout the United States, since the show's end.
In February 2017, Mr. Hyneman delivered a keynote address at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show, held in Anaheim, California, as reported by Design News. In December, Jamie spoke at the Battery Innovation Center Annual Stakeholder luncheon, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, as reported by Inside Indiana Business.
Reported to show "no hint of regret or even nostalgia" with regard to his time with, or the ending of, MythBusters, Jamie Hyneman was nonchalant when asked.
"There's enough episodes of MythBusters that you could watch it for a couple of weeks," Hyneman was quoted. "After 14 years the material did start to thin out. We figured it was time to throw in the towel."
Hyneman and MythBusters co-host Adam Savage have been credited as being among the "hardest working in the television industry."
"We had to build things ourselves on a tight time frame," Jamie told Design News.
Respect for the scientific method and a indifference to the outcome of experiments led the MythBusters hosts to garner an admiration for formal experimental processes.
"One thing we did discover however is that the scientific process is a pretty good template for storytelling," Jamie explained. "You start with a hypothesis, you have a body of work in the middle, then you come up with a conclusion."
What are some of MythBusters' most compelling finds? Pennies dropped from the Empire State Building will not inflict serious injury to pedestrians on the sidewalk below; talking on a mobile phone near a fuel pump won't cause a fire; and a person caught between two identical explosions will likely not survive.
What is Jamie Hyneman doing now?
When MythBusters came to an end, in 2016, Adam Savage spoke with regard to his relationship with Jamie, and whether or not he expected to work together with him in the future.
"No. I don't think Jamie and I will continue to work on other projects," Mr. Savage was quoted by Insider.
He explained that he and Hyneman "don't get along very well," and reflected upon the fact that the state of their relationship is not a closely held secret. When they appeared together in their first demo tape, Savage recalled, the two had unwittingly adhered to the most "age-old of performance tropes of the funny man/straight man."
Savage described the tension between himself and Hyneman as being made of "integrity" and "chemistry." He noted that the two got along well when engaged in work building their experiments and that he holds a great deal of pride for what the two have accomplished.
"We have respect for each other, but we also drive each other absolutely batty."
Jamie Hyneman has kept busy with his M5 Industries Inc., which he founded in 1996, in the pre-CGI days of film production. The industry move to computer-generated effects has forced the Indiana University graduate to steer his company in a new direction, as a research and development facility.
One of M5 Industries latest concepts is a remote-controlled firefighting vehicle.
"It's actually able to go into a fire of any magnitude and sit there. We can go right into the base of a burning tree, for example, which means using less water since it has to be shot over a shorter distance than with human firefighters."
Another design in the M5 Industries pipeline are his "Vortex" virtual reality shoes for gamers. The shoes are meant to be used on a treadmill that will allow gamers to walk in one space, while delivering the perception that they are walking through a virtual reality world, as reported by Road to VR. The shoes are still in early design stages, "It remains to be seen if the shoes can even provide a convincing walking experience."
"It might work. It might not work. We’ll know soon," Jamie Hyneman said of the project.
© 2017 Stephen Sinclair