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Filament

Bill takes apart a light bulb to show how engineers make its filament.

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smoke

Smoke Detector

Bill takes apart a smoke detector showing how it uses radioactivity to monitor for smoke.

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lcd

LCD Monitor

Bill tears apart a liquid crystal display to show how it works.

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harddrive

Hard drive teardown

Bill takes apart a computer hard drive to show how it's engineered to store data.

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cell-02

Cell Phone Design

Bill uses a pile of mobile phones to illustrate the 7 basic constraints that shape them.

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fiber

Fiber optic cables

Bill uses a bucket of propylene glycol to show how a fiber optic cable works and to show how engineers used them to send signals across oceans.

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