Monday, July 2, 2007

iPhone Dissected

In 2004-05, I had a gifted student, David H., who was taking apart and building new computers since he was 2 years old. He used to bring different computer parts from home and take them apart in class. David’s help with hardware problems at our PC lab was very useful. Recently, I found an article “A Ring Tone Meant to Fall on Deaf Ears” in New York Times. According to this article, David researched and uploaded the British Mosquitotone's version of the high-pitched sound into his cellphone and used it as a text-message ringtone Highring (A.K.A Teen Buzz) with his friends at Roslyn High School. Many adults can't hear a high-pitched sound at 14,400 hertz.

"David was asked, did he think this new device would alter the balance of power between adults and teenagers? Or did he suppose it was a passing fad? "Well, probably it is," said David, who added after a moment's thought, "And if not, I guess the school will just have to hire a lot of young teachers."

Today, after searching for information about iPhoto hardware and software, I found an article "Apple's iPhone Dissected: We did it, so you don't have to" by Anand Lal Shimpi.

These pictures reminded me of David. As I wrote in my previous post, the Modern Leonardos and Michelangelos dissect computers, software, webcams, and cell phones to fulfill their quest for knowledge.


David’s projects in 2004-05 -- Binary and Face (takes time to load).

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