2022-09-21 - Brian Dipert

Aukey dash cam teardown redux: DRA5 on spotlight

This intrepid analysis engineer revisits Aukey's dash cam product line, this time perusing a more diminutive offering.

2022-09-15 - Brian Dipert

Blow-by-blow repair attempt of Apple’s Beats Powerbeats Pro

A partnership with a local engineering company didn’t succeed in resurrecting a set of earbuds, but it still produced some…

2022-09-08 - Brian Dipert

Inspecting an Insteon (and X10) controller

The Insteon powerline modem this engineer tore down back in July is only part of the implementation puzzle; an intelligent…

2022-08-29 - Brian Dipert

Disarming a carbon monoxide detector

A quick perusal of the instruction sheet educated me that the CO alarm was the “end of life signal” operating state, and…

2022-08-12 - Brian Dipert

A look inside an HDD

Usually when a drive dies, this engineer just either apply a strong magnet or a heavy sledgehammer to it to…

2022-08-04 - Brian Dipert

Investigating a Volvo key fob: A knowledgeable reader shares his insights

Intuition fueled by an engineering background in combination with online research is all well and good, but nothing beats the…

2022-07-12 - Brian Dipert

Dissecting a deceased Insteon power line modem

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Time and time again, irreparable system damage has been the fundamental motivation for…

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…