I am always transfixed by these tear-downs. Excellent post Miroslav. It seems to me companies providing mobile devices, i.e. cell phones, tablets, pads, etc. are striving for more and more complexity within one given space. With that in mind, I have no idea as to where we will be in ten (10) years. I would love to visit the manufacturing facilities responsible for the assembly and production of this device.
I had the great pleasure of working on the Titan II missile, which is the platform that shot the Gemini astronauts. There is more computing power in a typical cell phone, and certainly the Google Tango, than we had in the entire Gemini system. The speed of technology and especially communication technology is truly amazing.
Elizabeth- Perhaps you could practice taking apart another defunct phone you might have lying around. Even though it might not be of the iPhone variety, it will give you an insight on the amount of force that's needed to separate various parts and other things.
These "Inside" blog posts are much more relevant to me after my experience of this weekend of my own (the second of two) failed attempt at repairing my shattered iPhone 4 screen. I have to send out props to all the people who find taking apart devices and putting them back together again easy! I have an iFixit kit to replace the front screen of my phone and dutifully watched a very clever YouTube video about how to do it, but twice now I have gotten partially the way through the process and panicked and put my phone back together. This second time I was nearly there but couldn't go through with it, and now my iPhone is missing a few screws but thankfully still works! Any advice from people especially adept at this at the best way to proceed with success with this fix for someone not nearly as comfortable with taking apart gadgets??
It's pretty awesome. Amazon is also working on a similar approach. Let's see what they come up with when they release their smartphone later this year. Anyhow, i can't wait to get my hands on this to experience the actual performance.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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