An AirTag proprietor has taken aside the machine, re-soldered the components, and 3D-printed a brand new casing, to make a large and slim model that can match right into a pockets.
“I needed to place an AirTag into my pockets,” says new YouTuber Andrew Ngal, “in order that I also can observe its location. However I came upon the AirTag is sort of thick and can create a bulge in my pockets.”
“So I modified the AirTag and gave it a brand new physique,” he continues.
The core of the method is taking the principle logic board of the AirTag, and as an alternative of getting it atop the battery, transfer it in order that the 2 items are facet by facet. Merely separating the components, nevertheless, requires a warmth gun to soften the glue holding them collectively.
Then the logic board must be reconnected to the battery, which entails soldering wires to the board. After which soldering wires to the battery, which does not have the identical apparent connection level.
Ngal additionally then needed to design a brand new case and 3D-print it right into a flatter form. “It isn’t utterly flat,” says Ngal, “however you’ll be able to see there is a fairly drastic distinction in thickness.”
“I’d not advocate to anyone who shouldn’t be acquainted with hands-on digital work as a result of some parts on the [printed circuit board are] actually delicate,” he continues, “and I really broke off the ability connector as soon as. I needed to solder it again on — that was not enjoyable.”
Whereas the result’s a functioning AirTag that the Discover My app can find, Ngal doesn’t tackle the difficulty of sound. Apple’s AirTags use the white cowl as a part of the speaker system. So with out it, or an equal, the modified AirTag might not be capable of play fairly such a loud tone when required.
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