2022-06-17 - Brian Dipert

Dissecting an underwhelming dog bark controller

This product didn’t deliver on its ultrasonic canine-vocalization suppression promises but still provided an interesting teardown exercise, one that also…

2022-06-02 - Brian Dipert

Post-mortem investigation: Volvo key fob

High replacement vehicle smart key prices seem outrageously profitable to the supplier, but without taking one apart, how can you…

2022-04-13 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Dissecting Lenovo’s Smart Clock Essential, a non-Google Google Assistant

Bill-of-materials costs are of only partial profit influence in partner-subsidized consumer-electronic devices, as this engineer suspects may be the case…

2022-03-18 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Prying open Google Wifi

Google has to date released three versions of its AC1200 mesh Wi-Fi device. Here's a detailed analysis of a first-gen…

2022-02-15 - Brian Dipert

HDMI adapter teardown

An inexpensive HDMI-to-USB converter doesn't support interlaced video inputs or greater-than-HD output resolutions, but still delivers a notable "bang for…

2021-12-16 - Brian Dipert 

Teardown: Indoor security camera with embedded web server

That all said, cameras with embedded web servers are still conceptually cool. To wit, I thought I’d devote this teardown…

2021-11-11 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Pixel Stand offers faster-than-Qi wireless charging for (some) Google fans

Google-branded phones and wireless chargers that deliver peak recharge speeds only when they're used together.

2021-11-04 - Brian Dipert

Past, present, and future(?) of smart glasses

Smart glasses are becoming thinner and lighter (albeit also more expensive) but this engineer is skeptical they'll ever be anything…

2021-10-18 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Apple TV (3rd generation)

Step 1: Low BOM cost. Step 2: High sales price. Step 3: Profit! That's Apple's hardware business plan in a…

2021-09-29 - Brian Dipert

Teardown: Dissecting Snap’s third-gen AR glasses

Essentially cameras that you wear on your head, the 3rd-gen iteration of Snap's Spectacles is targeted at "fans of high…