The Amazon Echo Dot is essentially the top portion of the Amazon Echo, but without the speaker underneath it. Eliminating the big speaker drops the price of the from $180 for the Echo to $50 for the Echo Dot. The Echo Dot does have its own speaker, but the speaker is comparable to what you […]
Our teardown of R2-D2 shows what’s inside this little droid with a big personality. One of the hot new toys released in advance of the new Star Wars movie is R2-D2 by Sphero, the same toymaker that developed the BB8 for the 2015 Star Wars sequel called The Force Awakens. As with the BB8, R2 […]
Apple recently came out with the Series 3 version of its watch. We can get an idea of how the Series 3 goes together from a teardown analysis of Apple’s earlier Sport model. The Sport model we analyzed has an aluminum case but the watch is also available in stainless steel. It measures about 39 […]
Ketra unapologetically charges $100 for its A20 LED bulb, and the bulb needs a controller to work. Here’s what you find inside the bulb that makes it worth the premium price. A tunable A20-style LED light bulb from Ketra, in Austin, Tex., may be the world’s most expensive classic LED bulb. It lists at about […]
We took a look inside an LED bulb from high-end lighting supplier Ketra to understand its super-neat abilities to change color temperature and dim down to zero light via wireless control or conventional light dimmer. We found a lot of interesting stuff inside the bulb.
TV viewers who tuned into episode five (having the catchy title “eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv”) of Mr. Robot watched the main character employ a hack that destroyed magnetic tape data backups held at Evil Corp.’s Steel Mountain facility. Technology-literate viewers might wonder whether the events of episode five could really unfold in real life the way writers envisioned […]
The internals of the Hello Barbie doll are relatively simple. And parents worried that Barbie might be listening surreptitiously to their kids have nothing to fear, as we discovered when we analyzed the electronics running the doll. Still, we found a few surprises in terms of construction techniques.
Parents leery of privacy invasion have little to fear from Barbie, whose language skills mainly reside in the cloud. There’s been a lot of discussion in the media about privacy and home appliances that listen to conversations. The Hello Barbie doll is a voice-enabled toy that has been part of the controversy. It uses Wi-Fi […]
Robotic race cars make clever use of software and infrared optics to follow lines slyly hidden on the track. Leland Teschler, Executive Editor The Overdrive starter kit we analyzed contains sections of track that can go together in various ways and can even include jumps. An interesting feature of the track is that its sections […]
Chest-mounted electronics do a more accurate job of counting heart beats than do optical sensors on the wrist. That’s one of the conclusions to come out of a close look at this sport watch aimed at runners. Leland Teschler Executive Editor A sport watch from Garmin called the Forerunner 220 is basically a runner’s watch […]
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