It’s that time of year again! The Bay Area Maker Faire is this weekend—May 16th and 17th at the San Mateo Event Center. If you’re planning to be at the Faire, come find us and say hello! We’ll be sharing a booth with ARM in Zone 2. Our crew will also be wreaking havoc around the fairgrounds. If you see one of us wandering around in our white lab coats, stop us: we’ll have presents.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for Wired criticizing John Deere’s assertion that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to access the programming in their own tractors—not even for the purpose of repair, modification, or diagnosis. The op-ed sparked a good deal of public furor—and apparently, John Deere felt the need to clarify a few things to its dealer network. See what they had to say on our blog.
There were a lot of unsolved mysteries after we tore down the Apple Watch, and that made us sad. So naturally, we made friends with the folks at Creative Electron to get a Superman-esque look at what’s tickin’ in Apple’s timepiece. After spending the day playing with their magic science machines, we’re pleased to present to you an intensively investigated teardown of the Apple Watch, X-ray style.
Like clockwork, we’ve been tearing apart the world’s most-wanted wearables. Hot on the heels of Apple Watch armageddon, we cracked open the latest Android Wear offering—the LG Urbane. A peek at what what makes this timepiece tick shows the same hardware as its predecessor, the G Watch R, but in a slightly more sophisticated package.
This Star Wars Day, we have something truly special for you. Some might think this is a Jedi mind trick—or, worse, it’s a trap. Lay aside your cynicism, fixers, this is no April Fools’ Day prank. We procured a lightsaber through Endor’s eBay affiliate—it has travelled more than twelve parsecs to get here—and now, it’s time to tear it down.
I don’t think I ever realized how amazing mechanical watches are until I saw one dissected in front of me—its labyrinth of gears, screws, and wheels untangled and laid out on a worktable. Sure, mobile devices that send information from space to your pocket are pretty amazing too. But old-school watches are mechanical marvels: one-inch-wide, self-propelled machines—exact enough to track something as precise as time, engineered to last for generations.
The eight-month wait is over! We got the Apple Watch on our teardown table and did what we do best. With a razor blade in one hand and a filed-down tri-wing screwdriver in the other, our nimble teardown engineers (down under) got the first look under the hood of Apple’s wearable.
It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.” It’s John Deere’s tractor, folks. You’re just driving it.
With an all-new design, an updated trackpad, and a super sleek chassis, the Retina MacBook 2015 is being touted as “the future of the notebook.” Sure, it looks awesome on the outside—but what does “the future” look like under all that shiny aluminum? Well, if we’re honest, it looks a bit slapdash.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 abandoned the display-first entry of the S5 and instead features a stubbornly-glued back panel in the place of an easily-accessed battery. And you still run the risk of shearing soft button cables during a display replacement. Gone, it seems, are the heady days of Samsung’s über-repairable phones. *Cue trumpet playing taps softly, gently*
The federal government just dropped EPEAT from its green electronics standards. The policy change—made without warning—was part of an updated executive order issued last month, which simply omitted EPEAT from the government’s previous language. When it comes to evaluating a device’s effect on the environment, EPEAT is the gold standard. The tool ranks products as either Gold, Silver, or Bronze—depending on adherence to a set of green criteria. No word if another standard will take its place.