Teardown of the Apple Watch – What’s Inside ?

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Apple brings fashion and substance to the connected timepiece marketplace. The Apple watch comes in three versions, the Sport, the Watch and the Watch Edition. All of these are based on similar core technologies, but vary widely in price and materials. Teardown.com focused our attention on the Apple Watch, a 42mm stainless steel version that we expect to attract both technology and the fashion conscience consumer alike.

April 24, 2015, a day at least seven analysts at the Teardown.com office will remember…until the next Apple Watch release. We received two Apple Watches and commenced both systems and technical analysis of these devices. One of the first observations was that without pairing to an iPhone, not even the clock would show up. So while one of our analysts donated his phone, the second Watch began its path to pieces.

The disassembly of the Watch was no easy feat. Starting at the screen or (display module) we put our efforts to separating and revealing the technical treasures beneath. Obviously the object of our desire was Apple’s S1 package, an announced encapsulated module of integrated circuits, PCB technologies and other goodies. The following image shows our gaining entry into the device. We caution anyone looking to try this at home as more likely than not, if the display module wasn’t broken before it will be after attempting to access the battery, integrated circuits or other mechanical or technical devices inside. It is also unclear if Apple will offer replacement display modules and we doubt given the Sapphire screen technology there will be third party replacements in the near future.

As a side note, the engineering team at our parent company TechInsights and the teardown team discussed the projected failure rate of the device. Whereas you may currently still own a working timepiece handed down from your grandfather, the likelihood of this device lasting more than 10 years – even if Apple supports the software and you replaced the battery – is low. Please keep that in mind if you are shopping for a family heirloom of the early 21st Century!

For the display, the Sport Watch has a display with an Ion-X lens, which is comparable to Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The Sapphire glass we analyzed is known to be more expensive relative to Gorilla Glass. It is believed to be more durable and of better viewing quality.


Low-cost Platform Helps Prototyping Wearables with more confidence

Wearable technologies are finding inroads into vertical markets such as health care, industrial, and auto industrial sectors.

Wearable technologies are finding inroads into vertical markets for example healthcare, industrial, and motor vehicle industrial sectors. One example is, specific vehicle-health applications that keep an eye on fuel efficiency, auto rate, and the heart rate of a fatigue driver are being manufactured by Nissan, BMW, and Mercedes motor vehicle producers. The buying price of wearable technology development boards ranges from cost effective to tremendously overpriced. Adafruit has made a affordable wearable platform named the Flora(https://www.adafruit.com/product/659) were specific electronic modules have been made to collaborate with the microcontroller-based maker board. In this post, I’ll discover the Flora’s system architecture making use of block, circuit schematic diagrams, and its PCB design. Additionally, to demonstrate the convenience in prototyping wearable device concepts, I’ll provide you with a tiny how-to guide on wiring and testing a GPS (Global Positioning System) module using the Flora.

In going through the Adafruit Flora I uncovered the wearable device to be made from some subcircuits wired to an 8-bit microcontroller attached with a compact circular PCB (Printed Circuit Board). An Atmel ATMEGA32 microcontroller provides the processing power for the Flora, featuring six digital pins, 2 communication pins, and additionally 2 serial control lines. All of these digital pins and control lines are offered to makers, developers, and technical engineers by half circle solder pads that surround the Flora’s perimeter. In addition to that, a reset control button, mini USB, dual regulated power supply (3.3V/5Volt supplies), and three LEDs (transmit, receive, and power supply condition) complete the Flora’s system architecture.

Adafruit provides all of the Eagle Cad circuit schematic diagrams and PCB layout drawings for technical engineers, designers, and additionally makers interested in trying out the mechanical packaging and electronic designs of the Flora on their own github web page.

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