Hardware hacks

Your Mouse Is A Terrible Webcam

Did you know that your optical mouse contains a very tiny, very low resolution camera? Your Mouse Is A Terrible Webcam article tells how to turn that tiny optical sensor into a webcam. Logitech RX 250 has an ADNS-5020 optical sensor (15×15 pixel grayscale image sensor) with SPI interface. The project uses Arduino, Ethernet shield,

Computer control of Automated Mains Sockets

Safe Automated Mains Sockets page describes how to turn mains powered appliances on and off under computer control without risking killing yourself. It describes how to use a Raspberry PI computer to control three mains sockets. Audacity was used to capture the codes from the original RF remote, and the captured codes were sent to

Radio-Controlled Bus Stop Displays

I just found out some interesting reverse-engineering hack related to Helsinki bus stop displays. Tapping Data From Radio-Controlled Bus Stop Displays tells that a couple of weeks ago hacker Oona Räisänen told about finding a 16 kbps data stream on FM broadcast frequencies, and her suspicion was that it’s being used by the public transit

Arduino overclocking

Liquid nitrogen (finally) makes an Arduino project cool. Overclocking Arduino with liquid nitrogen cooling. 20⇒65.3Mhz @-196°C/-320°F article has this video that shows how it is done. It turns out that you can run an Arduino UNO at 65.3MHz when it is cooled with liquid nitrogen. Arduino UNO / ATmega328P at 8V is stable at 65.3Mhz


How to hack to an embedded device? On-chip debug (OCD) interfaces can provide chip-level control of a target device and are a primary vector used by engineers, researchers, and hackers to extract program code or data, modify memory contents, or affect device operation on-the-fly. Depending on the complexity of the target device, manually locating available

Debugging RS-232 with logic analyzer

RS-232 serial interface is still quite widely used in many applications. Usually RS-232 Mini Tester with LEDs for indicating state of different signals is all that is needed to make things work. But sometimes seeing signals with your eyes is not enough for troubleshooting and testing. There are nowadays cheap logic analyzers (like Saleae Logic

Adding output capability to a 10€ logic analyser

I write some time ago about USBEE AX clone. tubbutec blog writer got the remark about the bidirectional driver gave and investigated this a little bit further. It turned out you can modify this logic analyzer pretty easily to provide output capabilities. Adding output capability to a 10€ logic analyser article tells how you can