Joe Grand, once known as Kingpin with the legendary hacking group L0pht, has co-hosted the Discovery Channel’s Prototype This and runs Grand Idea Studio. But Grand, an electrical engineer, was the first to design electronic badges for Def Con. The birth of electronic hardware badge hacking happened in 2006.
This is the Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module. You can see from the logo on the bottom left that it’s the latest gadget coming out of Joe Grand’s Grand Idea Studio.
In 1992, former hacker Jeff Moss invited a bunch of hacker friends he’d met primarily on electronic bulletin boards to come to Las Vegas to party in the desert. That party grew into a legendary conference that’s become one of the premiere gatherings for hackers from around the world – as well as for undercover intelligence agents who want to spy on them (or recruit them).