Grand Idea Studio


PCB-RE: Tools & Techniques

Thursday, Dec 28th, 2017

Printed circuit board (PCB) reverse engineering (RE) is an art in its own right, despite the apparent simplicity of determining electrical connectivity between related components on a circuit board. [ continue ]

101 Ways to Brick Your Hardware

Friday, Aug 5th, 2016

Spend some time hacking hardware and you’ll eventually render a piece of equipment unusable. This presentation provides examples of common mistakes that can temporarily or permanently damage electronic systems and ways to recover, if possible. [ continue ]

…and Hardware for All

Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2015

The proliferation of electronic modules, development tools, and do-it-yourself communities has led to a world where the creation of hardware projects is accessible to people of all skill levels. With dedication and a willingness to learn, explore, experiment, fail, and succeed, one can build just about anything that comes to mind. [ continue ]

Stories and Stuff

Thursday, Aug 9th, 2012

As hackers and makers, we are driven to explore, create, improve, learn, teach, and share. We do things that we love because we love to do them. [ continue ]

A Five-Year History of DEFCON’s Electronic Badges

Monday, Jun 27th, 2011

From 2006 to 2010, Joe Grand had the honor of designing the conference badge for DEFCON, the largest and oldest continuously running hacker and computer security convention in the world. The badges, which sparked a trend within the technology community, featured active electronics mounted on artistically designed printed circuit boards. [ continue ]



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