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Sneaky Circuits

Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

Not all electronic devices follow the rules. Sneaky circuits are those that operate in ways unintended by the original designer or unexpected by the end user. [ continue ]

Tooth Tunes Hack

Monday, Mar 27th, 2017

The Tooth Tunes children’s toothbrush from Arm & Hammer uses bone conduction technology to play a fixed two-minute song clip from select popular artists. The user hears the music “inside” their head through the vibration of the toothbrush’s bristles. [ continue ]

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Wednesday, Dec 14th, 2016

Security is often overlooked during the design process of electronic devices. “We’ll fix it later,” says the engineer. “It’s not worth the cost until something happens,” says the manager. Poor embedded security practices and a lack of clearly defined security goals increase the risk of a product getting hacked, whether for malicious purposes or bragging rights. [ 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 ]

Creaturepod

Saturday, Sep 26th, 2015

The Creaturepod is a portable walkie talkie system that enhances children’s interactive play. It mimics the fictional Creaturepod from the popular children’s television show, Wild Kratts. [ continue ]

Press

CBS 58 Milwaukee

Can your life get hacked?

Information Security

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Decipher

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