In February of 2008, Levandowski got a call from a producer of “Prototype This!,” a series on the Discovery Channel. Would he be interested in building a self-driving pizza delivery car? Within five weeks, he and a team of fellow Berkeley graduates and other engineers had retrofitted a Prius for the purpose. It would be the first time an unmanned car had driven legally on American streets.
Open any cell phone, router, or just about any moderately complex device today, and you’ll find test points. Quite often at least a few of these test points are the common JTAG / IEEE 1149.1 interface. Joe Grand has come up with a tool which we think will be useful to anyone trying to hack a physical device: The JTAGulator.
A robot that paints water colors is super. A car that generates dozens of data streams is awesome. When you connect the two, the result is super awesome. It’s no surprise that this 3-man, 1-girl team took home our Grand Prize “Best Use of Ford OpenXC” award.
r00tz Asylum (formerly known as DEFCON Kids) is a part of the widely attended DEFCON hacker convention, which takes place annually in Las Vegas, NV. Parents who attend DEFCON can bring their children to r00tz Asylum sessions where they can learn about white-hat hacking.
Dennis Fisher talks with Joe Grand of Grand Idea Studio about his current project, the JTAGulator, which helps hardware hackers find the on-chip debug connections on devices. They also discuss Joe’s hardware-hacking background and the current resurgence of hardware research.