By Amanda Depperschmidt on May 12th, 2015
Reverse Engineering allows for the investigation and the analysis of how something works. Here the project can experiment with an object, like a computer or a toaster, or look at a system or even pull apart a book or a movie, to determine how it works or how it could be improved. Reverse engineering is a great way to understand mechanics, structures and interactions. Reverse engineering can be used as a first step in a larger project as an investigation phase.
Disassembly of a Body
Most of the world around us is just a smaller part of a larger whole. We are constructed like building blocks – many groups of atoms working together to create a larger whole. But sometimes the grander whole is difficult to see without taking each individual piece apart bit-by-bit, fragment-by-fragment.
We see the world through our five senses: our sight, our hearing, our touch, our taste, and our sense of smell. These five senses work together to create our big picture, our lifestyle and environment. But if we lose one sense, such as sight, the other four become stronger and more robust. Our bodies are so desperate to continue operating that each part of a whole will continue to unite together no matter what.
Reverse engineering is the process of taking things apart to better understand a whole. By concentrating on each individual sense, we begin to fathom how all five collaborate and come together to form our own worldview. Like little machines, we have to look at individual cogs and bolts to recognize how a final product would come apart. Reverse engineering is how you understood your ballpoint pen after you took it apart and examined the springs and the tube of ink. It is how you founded your own tactile revolution with insects and school supplies and letters of the alphabet, the slivers and splinters you collected when you were discovering a life of your own.