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Hardware Hacking for Kids

Saturday, Jul 28th, 2012

This presentation introduces kids to the joys of hardware hacking. [ continue ]

Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module

Tuesday, Jul 3rd, 2012

The Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module is a multi-language voice synthesizer that converts a stream of digital text into natural sounding speech. Using the universally recognized DECtalk text-to-speech synthesizer engine, Emic 2 provides speech synthesis capabilities for any embedded system via a simple command-based interface. [ continue ]

The Current State of Hardware Hacking

Thursday, Mar 29th, 2012

Hardware hacking is on the rise and most of the electronics industry is in denial. High-profile attacks against ATMs, voting machines, parking meters, medical devices, and printers were so simple, they should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. Challenges, constraints, and trade-offs are part of any product design, but it’s time security was taken a little more seriously. [ continue ]

Vacuum Tube Night Light

Thursday, Feb 9th, 2012

The Vacuum Tube Night Light uses a 1960s-era OA3/VR-75 cold-cathode gas-discharge tube and a rectifying circuit to create a lamp that provides a soft, orange glow. [ continue ]

Thinking Differently

Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2011

Hackers think differently. They create new, innovative, and novel solutions to technical problems that are often deemed too difficult to solve. From Thomas Edison to Steve Wozniak to Richard Stallman, hackers have helped shape the world we live in. Corporations, on the other hand, are generally more rigid in their approaches to problem solving and are constrained by internal policies. [ continue ]


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Thank flaw finders, don't jail them

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When the Senate met L0pht

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Legacy of the L0pht