Those geeks over at iFixit took their shiny new Kinect for the Xbox 360 and started tearing the thing apart as soon as it hit the office. It's a dirty job, but someone has to gut all the cool new gadgets and iFixit does it with mucho gusto.
It's not so much a rite of passage, now, but an honor to be considered geekily-cool enough to be subject to an iFixit teardown, and latest to splay its circuits across the test bench is the Logitech Revue. The standalone Google TV STB has given up its secrets quite readily, with plenty of standard Phillips-head screws and generally standard connectors.
Nokia don't really intend end-users to open up the N8; the Symbian^3 smartphone follows the iPhone's example of using a non-user-swappable battery, and has a sturdy, creak-free chassis as a result. However, lack of manufacturer approval never stopped iFixit from tearing down a new gadget, and so they've taken screwdrivers and the rest to the Finn's finest.
As is customary, the folks over at iFixit have begun their tear down of a brand new gadget, trying to find out what makes it tick, as well as how to take it apart and put it all back together. While there may not be as many surprises as one would hope inside the little black box, there are some pretty interesting take-aways from the tear down. Like the amount of memory therein, the RAM available, as well as the few random parts from other Apple devices.
Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller hit shelves last week, just in time to suffer indignity at the hands of iFixit. They promptly tore down the controller, finding it surprisingly easy to open up and - with the exception of a couple of soldered components - promising for later hacks, repairs and general tinkering.
We've seen the iPod touch and the iPod shuffle bare their silicon souls under iFixit's relentless gaze; now it's the turn of the final new 2010 iPod, the iPod nano, to get torn apart. iFixit has flexed its usual screwdriver and spudger - together with a heat gun to melt the glue that holds the screen in place - and discovered that the nano's guts are a 50/50 mixture of logic board and battery.
No surprises here: iFixit is tearing down the iPod Touch 4th generation, and they're having fun the whole way through. As always, the fine folks over there are finding just how you'd go about taking your brand new iPod Touch apart, if ever you'd have to get something done within the case, and felt like doing it yourself. Or, had to do it yourself (for whatever reason). The teardown itself is still happening as of this writing, but there's already a few interesting things to take away from it.
You'd think that iFixit would try and catch a break every once in awhile, but considering how many new pieces of interesting technology get released on a nearly daily basis, we imagine that they can't afford to take a break. There are just so many different things to tear apart and find out how they tick, right? The newest member of the iPod Shuffle lineage, the fourth generation, has fallen into the grips of the fine folks over at iFixit, and as you might expect, a teardown is in order.
Typically when a new gadget comes out that is of note, particularly if the gadget has the Apple logo, we see tear downs of the thing coming in short order. iFixit is the company we generally see these teardowns from and while we may cringe at seeing new gadgets killed for science, the teardowns are interesting.