12/21/2009, Jeri Ellsworth decided to make her very own pinball machine from scratch, which is an amazing achievement for just about anyone. This was made possible thanks to her efforts in cannibalizing subassemblies from other pinball machines, and while it is still a work in progress at the moment, her dedication and technical know how truly blows the mind away. We can’t wait to congratulate her on her finished product.
12/21/2009, Folks who follow Twitter closely will certainly have noticed the recent DNS change on Twitter, which was the result of an attack from the “Iranian Cyber Army”. While the issue was noticed and fixed rather quickly, a deeper check into the incident reveals that a set of valid Twitter credentials were used to change the DNS settings and redirect surfers to the hacked site. With that in mind, it would […]
12/17/2009, Who would have thought that consumer electronics would have advanced to such a pivotal moment, where you are able to turn what was once home-based into a portable form factor? That’s what spiritwalker47 did with the N64, resulting in the Starlight 64 portable N64 mod which could very well be in the running for the smallest N64 mod of its kind in the world, thanks to a polycarbonate case that […]
12/17/2009, Are you jealous because the folks over in Europe have multitouch on their Motorola Milestone (Droid)? Well, you might not have to be jealous much longer. It seems that the Android hacking community has successfully ported the Motorola Milestone’s firmware to the Motorola Droid. You can check out the video of the phone loaded with the firmware in action here. Word is that the modified ROM will be ready in […]
12/16/2009, After Barnes & Noble’s Nook eBook reader was hacked (or “rooted” as they call it), it was only a matter of time before folks started to try installing all sorts of programs on its Android OS. Now the folks over at nookDevs have managed to get Pandora installed on the Nook. The process is not for the faint of heart though, as you’ll need to open up the Pandora to […]
12/15/2009, The Wiimote is one highly hackable device, but We’ve all been entertained by Wiimote hackery in the past, but William Luxemburg from the Delft University of Technology brings things to another notch by hacking his Wiimote to function as a water-level sensor that is capable of measuring evaporation. This is a simple and cost-effective method to arrive at similar results compared to pressure sensors that cost $500 and above. Kudos […]
12/15/2009, The Dreamcast is one of those consoles that had everything going for it, and yet it still died an unnatural death to the chagrin of many. Sega fan who prefers to go by the moniker Bacteria has spent the last four months of his life working on a portable Sega Dreamcast, where it will also come with an integrated VMU (Visual Memory Unit). Dubbed IntoDream, the handheld is made up […]
12/14/2009, Just how much beer do you have left inside that beer keg of yours? The DIY beer keg monitor might just come in handy then, where it is capable of letting you know the remaining amount of carbon dioxide within the canister, monitoring and regulating temperature as well. At the heart of the system is an Arduino mega, where analog temperature sensors will help monitor temperature while controlling the compressor […]
12/14/2009, If you’re one luckier folks to be able to get your hands on a Barnes & Noble Nook eBook reader, what would you do with it? Well, the folks over a Nookdevs spent quite a bit of effort into hacking the Nook system, and it looks like their rewards have paid off. What they’re going to do with the Nook is honestly anyone’s guess. One thing that is rather intriguing […]
12/11/2009, It goes without saying that one needs not wait too long for a device to be cracked or hacked – and the Motorola Droid proved to be every bit as mortal as the iPhone. This Android-powered handset has been hacked successfully, allowing anyone to do just about anything they like within the confines of the smartphone. Modder Zinx Verituse already published a rooting script over the Internet, and among the […]
12/10/2009, Flickr user nike6 is currently working on his latest project, which is building a modular computer based on the Motorola 68000 processor using some interesting parts including perfboards, a homebrew header-based interconnect bus and a generous amount of copper wire – all made possible thanks to his impressive soldering skill. Currently, he has finished two of the five boards constructed, so all the best to him to complete the other […]
12/09/2009, Security firm H4RDW4RE from California aims to crack the A5/1 encryption standard that is used to secure GSM traffic from eavesdropping. As it stands right now, the A5/1 cipher is based on a 64-bit key, which means each handset comes with a 64-bit secret key that is known by the connected GSM network. Each call initiated over the GSM network will rely on the secret key to generate a session […]
12/09/2009, singing and laughing with the toy piano from ranjit on Vimeo. We know that you can teach dogs tricks, even though they’re old ones, but to have an inanimate object listen to your every command and do your bidding? No, you don’t have to descend from Mt. Olympus to obtain such “powers”, as Ranjit Bhatnagar demonstrated with his voice-controlled toy piano. This could really creep some people out, as whenever […]
12/08/2009, Wish that your keyboard at home had a little bit more organic feel to it? Why not take matter into your own hands literally, as what Matthias did for his Commodore 64 keyboard. The classic keyboard now comes encased in beautiful wood, and is guaranteed to elicit the question, “Where did you buy that from?” from your visitors.