updated 12:29 pm EDT, Wed April 10, 2013
Kickstarter headset simple to disassemble, replace parts
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is reportedly easy to fix, after a recent teardown. The score of 9 out of 10 from iFixit, though preliminary due to being a beta product designed for developers and not an item designed for end-users, with the speedy 10-minute teardown and relatively simple construction marred by cables kept together by tape and two "annoying" foam adhesive pads holding the LCD screen in place.
The single 7-inch display, one cause for the Kickstarter device's delayed release, has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, providing a 640x800 display for each eye, filtered through replaceable lenses. Disassembly was performed with a Phillips-head screwdriver, a plastic opening tool, and unfastening a number of clips, with the unfastening of a single cable separating the display from the main unit itself.
Inside, the Oculus Rift uses an Innolux LCD panel with a Himax timing controller, while the tracker board uses an ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller with a 72MHz CPU from STMicroelectronics, an Invensense six-axis motion tracker that combines a gyro and accelerometer, and a three-axis magnetometer. The accompanying junction box has a Realtek display interface controller, and 256KB of Winbond serial flash.
More units of the Oculus Rift Development Kit are expected to ship in May, at a cost of $300 each.
The Pebble smartwatch, another Kickstarter release, was recently found by the iFixit team to be fairly unrepairable, and though a final score was not given for the timepiece due to its uniqueness, the longevity of its battery was praised.