[Kinect Teardown (2)] Struggling With Double-faced Tape
Continued from [Kinect Teardown (1)] Breaking Down Kinect's Stand
We began to break down the main body of the Kinect motion controller. To open the chassis, we looked for screws. First, we searched a porous area where a microphone seemed to be embedded. It was located on the back of the main body. Human voices seemed to pass through this porous area and reach the microphone.
When closely looked at, the porous part was seemingly detachable. An engineer inserted a flat-blade screwdriver into a gap around the part and tried to pry it open.
"Hmm ... It doesn't open," he said. "It's so clingy."
When he applied more strength to the screwdriver, the porous part began to come away from the main chassis while making a creaking sound. Because the porous part was attached to the lower chassis with a double-faced tape having a strong adhesive property, the part became distorted.
"Though the tape is very thin, its adhesive force is strong," an engineer said. "It might be a specially prepared tape."
After removing the porous part, we carefully removed the remaining double-faced tape. Then, we found several screws under the tape. And as we expected, there were holes that lead to the microphone. The double-faced tape covered almost the entire area under the porous part except for the holes leading to the microphone.
We removed the screws and tried to open the chassis, but it did not open. Considering that there were more screws under the sticker located on the back of the chassis and printed with "Xbox360," we peeled off the sticker.
"There they are," said engineers removing the screws. And we were ready to open the chassis.