Watch This Very Cool Oculus Rift Stop-Motion Teardown

While many have fallen out of favour with Oculus Rift due to the recent acquisition of the company by Facebook, anyone who has tried out the device knows that it is one seriously awesome piece of kit. The Oculus Rift DK1 development kit launched early last year and doesn’t have the kind of specifications we would want to see in the final product, but it’s low resolution screen and minor lag issues aside, the DK1 still had enough wow factor to convert none believers once they tried it on.

YouTube user Vsauce3 has taken the original DK1 and created a revealing stop-motion animation of the headset being stripped down to its component parts, giving us a unique insight into how the headset is designed, constructed and of course how it operates. We just hope he remembers how to put it all back together again. One thing we do know, this video must have taken ages to create! Enjoy.

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DK1 was impressive, but the new DK2 which launches this June is even better, fitted with a 1080p display, a faster response time and better tracking. The headset is coming along nicely and while many sneer at the Facebook deal, the company now has the money to push the hardware to the next level and get it to retail in record time. I’ve got DK2 on pre-order, but you can bet I won’t be taking mine apart with a screw driver anytime soon.

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iFixit Tear Down The 1984 128K Macintosh

It is crazy to think that the Apple Mac is now over 30 years old, sure it came out the year I was born, so I wasn’t exactly capable of enjoying it at the time, but its certainly amazing to see just how far computer technology has come along in my own lifetime. To celebrate the 30 years of the Mac, the team of at iFixit decided to strip one apart and see just how repairable the system would be by modern standards.

30 years ago the Macintosh 128K went on sale for $2,495, which in today’s world would be more than $5500! Just look at the computer you can buy these days for over $5500! A staggering example of just how far we have come in the last 30 years, that being said, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a system that costs that much, even my current one would likely max out around $2,000 for a system integrator.

iFixit score the repairability of the systems they take apart on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being an absolute nightmare to repair and 10 being the easiest. The Mac scored a healthy 7/10 after their tests. They did find it difficult to open, and the fact that the RAM is soldered to the logic board was also a big problem. Fortunately the rest of it is big chunky components that are by today’s standards quite easy to work with, although I doubt many of us will need to open one up to fix it, it’s still fun to have a peak for old times sake.

Equipped with an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB DRAM, a 9″ black and white CRT @ 512 x 342 pixels and 72 dpi and 400 KB total storage via a single-sided 3.5″ floppy mean the system is far from high-spec, but at the time this was a powerful and innovative machine. They’re also worth a small fortune, so if you have one in the garage, I wouldn’t suggest you take it apart any time soon, perhaps putting it on eBay would be a better idea.

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Image courtesy of iFixit.

SteamBox Tear Down In YouTube Walkthrough Video

SteamBox’s have been in users hands for almost a week now and we’ve been loving all the gameplay videos, OS walkthrough and tear downs that users have been uploading to YouTube. One of our favourite so far is this one below, where the user dismantles the system to show us all of the interior components.

As you can see we’ve got a pretty standard HTPC setup, there is an SFX SPU in there, Nvidia graphics card, low profile CPU cooler, Asus motherboard and some pretty neat and tidy cable routing too. The hard drive is easily removed, but there is also room for a 2nd hard drive in the system should users want to upgrade storage.

This is exactly what Valve want people to do, hack it, tweak it, upgrade it, strip it down. Some users have installed Windows, made Hackintosh systems, dual booted, over clocked and more! And I can’t think of a better way to find out the limitations of your hardware than to give them to 300 eager PC gamers who simply cannot resist taking the thing apart.

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Image courtesy of PC Gamer.