2023-03-24 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Ungluing a GaN charger

Latest-generation GaN-based chargers are (if only slightly) smaller than their silicon-based predecessors, but don't necessarily give up their bill-of-materials secrets easily.

2023-03-09 - Brian Dipert

Freeing a three-way LED light bulb’s insides from their captivity

LED light bulbs are becoming increasingly integrated and otherwise design-simplified from both electrical and mechanical standpoints.

2023-03-01 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Apple HomePod mini

Bill-of-materials secrets may not make it into product documentation but are unlikely to survive teardown scrutiny.

2023-01-31 - Brian Dipert

Dissecting Google’s Pixel Buds Pro earbuds

Practice makes (closer to) perfect, as Google's latest earbuds, finally supporting active noise cancellation among other improvements, exemplify. Let's dive in and see how the company's engineers accomplished the various advancements.

2023-01-13 - Brian Dipert

A deep dive inside a USB flash drive

Techie things sometimes break. This engineer responsibly disposes of the e-waste. But first, he disassembles the techie thing and shares the results with his readers. Lather, rinse, repeat.

2022-12-22 - Brian Dipert

iJoy’s chase face- and object-tracking widget: A robot or tripod it isn’t

Offloading image capture and other processing functions to a tethered second device is a smart way to reduce your product cost… but only if you keep the software maintained.

2022-12-15 - Brian Dipert

Cisco Linksys’ DPC3008: A DOCSIS 3 cable modem that worked great

The phrase "they don't make 'em like they used to" sure seems to apply to this dissection candidate, which delivered eight years of solid internet service to its (at least) second life.

2022-11-15 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Dashcam GPS antenna

Successful teardown reversals open the doors to subsequent dissections of location-sensing accessories.

2022-11-04 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Wireless charger with a magnetic personality

Take a conventional Qi charger. Beef up its output (for compatible to-be-charged devices, at least). Add magnets. Now buy it and tear it apart. That, in a nutshell, is today's editorial piece.

2022-10-20 - Brian Dipert

Apple’s Beats Powerbeats Pro: A teardown

No fix? No problem. Let's instead proceed with the dissection and see what else is inside these dead-battery wireless earbuds.