iFixit's Oculus Rift teardown finds Samsung display, 40 LEDs

The repair-guide website uncovers a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display inside the second-generation virtual-reality headset prototype.

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Inside the Oculus Rift DK2 prototype. iFixit

If you're one of the lucky few to get your hands on an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset but then break it, rest assured that there's hope for you yet.

The folks at iFixit, which provides repair guides and teardowns of electronics, took the liberty of pulling apart the second-generation Rift development kit, which became available earlier this year for $350. The website on Thursday gave the Rift DK2 a commendable "repairability" rating of 9 out of 10 -- with 10 being the easiest to fix. That's the same score the website gave last year to the first developer kit.

Oculus, which was purchased by Facebook earlier this month for $2 billion, is only providing the developer-kit prototypes and hasn't yet committed to a launch date for the Rift. Still, its Rift virtual-reality headset has gained enormous attention within the video-game industry, with a bevy of companies lining up to develop applications for the device.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he sees opportunities for bringing Oculus' technology to medicine, education, and communications.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display found inside the Oculus Rift DK2. iFixit

If you're inclined, you can open up a Rift headset using a standard Phillips #0 screwdriver, tweezers, and some other tools. One interesting discovery is that the display is the front panel of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, iFixit said. That element seems to point to Oculus already taking advantage of its partnership with Samsung, which plans to bring Oculus' technology into mobile devices, CNET recently reported. With tens of thousands of the prototype expected to ship, iFixit postulated that the production numbers were still too small to merit a custom display quite yet.

Also, using an infrared camera, the iFixit team was able to capture a picture of the 40 infrared LEDs inside the headset.

The device uses chips from Toshiba, STMicroelectronics, Cypress Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments to run, iFixit found.

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An infrared camera captures the 40 infrared sensors inside the Oculus Rift DK2. iFixit

 

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