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Clash of the Controllers: Wiimote vs. Fake Wiimote

In 2006, Nintendo took the world of interactive gaming by storm. The launch of the Wii welcomed gamers and, more importantly, non-gamers alike to physically interact with a virtual world. Whether the user was playing a competitive round of Wii Tennis or customizing their Mii, the Wii remote (otherwise known as the Wiimote) invited users […]

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Epson LW-300 Label Maker Teardown

During pandemic lockdown, I noticed several issues with my home, including the broken sprinkler head, dog stains on the carpet, and my mother’s spice cabinet. My mother has a metric ton of spices that used to have labels that have rubbed off after constant use. I bought a portable label maker to replenish the labels […]

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Furbo Dog Camera

One of the coolest things about Fictiv’s San Francisco HQ office is that it’s dog-friendly! Our furry friends can work alongside us everyday, getting their daily dose of head scratches and belly rubs, and we get a daily dose of adorableness. For National Dog Day, we thought it would be fitting to test out and […]

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Anki Vector Teardown

For our teardown of the Anki Vector Robot, we were joined in the studio by Leanne Cushing, captain of Team Valkyrie on Battlebots.  Anki’s Vector Robot, released in late 2018, was designed to listen and respond to its user, interact with its surroundings, recognize people and objects, and avoid obstacles. When released, the robot sold […]

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Electric Shaver Teardown

In this clean-shaven teardown, we’re celebrating Father’s Day and looking at two different electric shavers—the Philips Norelco S9311 and the Braun series 7. We put the two shavers head to head, with our first Fictiv employee to become a dad volunteering his face to see which one left the best shave. Then we put them […]

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iRobot Braava 380t Mopping Robot Teardown

Recently, we did a teardown of the iRobot® Braava® 380t Mopping Robot, to understand the different mechanical and manufacturing design elements that help to get you those squeaky-clean floors. Before we got started, we decided to take a step back and evaluate what features would make up a good mopping robot. The two items we […]

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WowWee CHiP Robot Dog Toy Teardown

This week’s teardown is a collaboration between Fictiv manufacturing engineer Sylvia Wu and guest industrial designer Blake Johnson. CHiP is the latest release from famed robotic toymaker WowWee and comes jam-packed with personality and playful features. Through gesture and voice commands, as well as a wearable remote control, CHiP perform tricks like greet, fetch, sit, […]

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Navdy Heads Up Display Teardown

For this teardown, we’re joined by Telind Bench, the Lead Product Design Engineer for Orion Labs. Telind gave us a lot of great design insight into the Navdy Heads Up Display (HUD). In case you missed it, the Navdy Head Up Display was one of the more interesting new products announced in 2014. It promised augmented […]

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Teforia Teardown

As winter gets underway, who among us does not appreciate a piping hot cup of tea in the afternoon? Sure, many of us are coffee drinkers, but we appreciate a civilized cup of tea, too. Our love of hot beverages had us curious about what the Teforia might bring to the table, and particularly, how […]

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Segway Drift W1 e-Skates Teardown

219 Design has a special interest in last mile transportation, having worked on both scooter and bike solutions. In this teardown, we explore the possibilities for the Segway Drift W1 e-Skates. These skates are the latest innovation from Segway, the company that brought us self balancing personal transportation. They’re like mini-hoverboards for each foot. Currently […]

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