The newest Ear Hats, Connected 3.0, are a radical departure from the previous Ear Hats. First off, they have a new pattern. Pass. They aren't as tall as the previous version. The last ones were around 3" tall and these look to be around 2.5" tall. Both have the same diameter, around 7" but the new ones have a lot less foam liner. The upside of that change is that they may fit some adult heads a little better.
A new chapter begins
I've been kicking the tires on the new Ear Hats for the last couple of days. Lots of new stuff to talk about. I'll leave some of it for the eventual teardown but I want to rattle off some of my observations while they're still fresh in memory. And we just had the first Disney broadcast that includes Made with Magic support for these new hats. I've got some observations on that, too.
A new Ear Hat is in the works. Apparently, it will be version 3.0 and will enable participation at home. You'll need the new Ear Hat and a smart phone running the Shop Disney Parks app. If you also have a TV or other output device that displays network broadcasts, you'll glow right along with the show. Read the rest of the article for more details
Disney Night 2017 on Dancing with the Stars! Check out the crowd! Everyone in the audience was proudly wearing the newest version of the Made with Magic Ear Hats. Nice. Good night to be in the audience.
Wonder if they all got to keep them?
Yogis are into flexibility. That's also true for the components we'll look at in this post. Each of these components offers much more flexibility for placement of the LEDs than has been true for the components utilized in the previous posts. This presents some welcome new opportunities.
"Dead Batteries Tell no Tales"
The key to understanding how Made With Magic products are powered, and subsequently their capabilities, lies within the specs of the TI TPS61221 low voltage boost converter
This article shares some highly unscientific findings about some of the different ways to power your gizmos. Really useful info for folks intending to hack these things.
Released in early 2016, this newest version of the Ear Hat departs substantially from the previous Ear Hats. The single battery holder that used to be located towards the top of the hat has been broken out into two separate holders, one under each ear. Also, the on/off switch has migrated to the underside of the right ear. Much more convenient.
Check out the article for additional info and details of the teardown.
We Made With Magic (MWM) Ear Hat owners may feel a bit jealous during the daytime when comparing our plain, white ears to the ornate decorations of their non-MWM cousins. But, just because they don't come off the kiosk with adornments, there's no reason they have to stay that way.
One relatively quick, easy and cheap way to spruce up those ears is with removable decals. Rotate 'em to suit your mood, occasion or season. Print up a new batch. Cut 'em out and add adhesive. Stick 'em on. Enjoy. Repeat as necessary.
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