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Put a hacker in a room with a Furby for a weekend and you'll hear a conversation that's fairly one-sided in its originality. Toss in an 802.11b network card, a soldering iron, wire cutters, a logic probe, and a few other carefully selected tools and materials and you'll have potential. Add a copy of Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks and by the end of the weekend that Furby will be saying things you never imagined.

From building an Internet toaster to creating a cubicle intrusion detection system, Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks offers an array of inventive, customized electronics projects for the geek who can't help looking at a gadget and wondering how it might be "upgraded." Beginning with basic hacks, tools, and techniques for those who may not have a background in electronics, the book covers the tools of the hardware hacking trade and basic soldering techniques, then moves into more advanced hacking projects. Clear step-by-step instructions allow even those with no formal electronics- or hardware-engineering skills to hack real hardware in very clever ways.

Hacks in the book are rated on a scale of difficulty, cost, and duration. Projects range from those that are truly useful to some things you may have never thought to do, but which are really cool, such as:

  • Building your own arcade game

  • Making radio-controlled cars play laser tag

  • Building an automobile periscope

  • Hacking an 802.11b antenna

  • Building a building size display

Perhaps you're an electronics hobbyist who likes to learn by doing. Maybe you hack software and want to see how the other half lives. Or, maybe you've never hacked at all, but you'd like to get started quickly with some projects that do something interesting from the start. If you're any of these, then Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks will indulge your inner mad scientist. Using the projects in this book as a jumping point for other new and clever hacks, it won't be long before you're looking around, asking, "I wonder what I can improve next?"

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Fullam, who has two degrees from MIT and includes Thomas Edison and Ben Franklin among his hacking heroes, provides detailed instructions and materials lists for 15 projects. Each is rated in terms of cost to build, level of difficulty, and time needed (usually a weekend, although a few will take several weekends). The projects include a cubicle intrusion detection system, a car-mounted video camera for seeing around SUVs, a digital video recorder, an arcade game, and an Internet-enabled toaster that imprints the weather forecast on toast.
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An array of inventive customized electronics projects for the geek who looks at a gadget and wonders how it might be "upgraded." Beginning with the basics for those without a background in electronics, it covers the tools of the hardware hacking trade and basic soldering techniques.

About the Author

Scott Fullam has been hacking hardware since he was 10 years old with his first RadioShack 100-in-1 electronic kit. He built an "intruder" alarm to keep his sister out of his room. Scott attended MIT earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. While an undergraduate he built a "shower detection" system so that he could see if the community shower was in use. After graduating from MIT Scott designed children's toys and built close to 50 prototypes in 2 years. He then went to work at Apple Computer in the Advanced Technology Group designing digital still cameras. In 1995, Fullam co-founded PocketScience, which develops revolutionary mobile e-mail communications products and services. As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Fullam personally developed all of the algorithms for the company's products. Scott now works as an independent consultant assisting consumer electronic companies design high quality products. Never satisfied with how the consumer electronics products he owns work, he often takes them apart and enhances their capabilities.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Goals of This Book; Audience for This Book; Organization of This Book; Project Downloads; How to Contact O'Reilly; Using Code Examples; Acknowledgments; Disclaimer; Part One: Basic Hacks, Tools, and Techniques; Chapter 1: How to Build a Portable Laptop Power Supply; 1.1 Project Overview; 1.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 1.3 Project Demo; 1.4 Extensions; 1.5 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 1.6 Exhibit B: Power Pack Schematic; Chapter 2: How to Build an Aquarium Inside a Macintosh; 2.1 Project Overview; 2.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 2.3 Project Demo; 2.4 Extensions; 2.5 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; Chapter 3: How to Hack 802.11b Antennas; 3.1 Project Overview; 3.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions for Recycled Can 802.11b Antenna; 3.3 Hardware Assembly Instructions for Primestar Dish 802.11b Antenna; 3.4 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials for Recycled Can; 3.5 Exhibit B: Bill of Materials for Primestar Dish; Chapter 4: How to Build a PC Water-Cooling System; 4.1 Project Overview; 4.2 Before You Start; 4.3 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 4.4 Project Demo; 4.5 Extensions; 4.6 Resources; 4.7 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; Chapter 5: How to Hack a Furby (and Other Talking Toys); 5.1 Project Overview; 5.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 5.3 Software Setup Instructions; 5.4 A Quick Overview of Assembly Language and C for the Hacked Furby; 5.5 Project Demo; 5.6 Extensions; 5.7 How to Hack a Generic Talking Toy; 5.8 Project Overview; 5.9 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 5.10 Project Demo; 5.11 Extensions; 5.12 Exhibit A: Furby Bill of Materials; 5.13 Exhibit B: Talking Toy Bill of Materials; 5.14 Exhibit C: Schematic for Building Your Own Board; Chapter 6: How to Hack a Video Periscope for Your Car; 6.1 Project Overview; 6.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 6.3 Extensions; 6.4 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 6.5 Exhibit B: Schematic Diagram for Power Supply; 6.6 Exhibit C: Schematic Diagram for RC Servo Driver; Part Two: Advanced Hacks, Tools, and Techniques; Chapter 7: How to Build a Digital Video Recorder; 7.1 Project Overview; 7.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 7.3 Software Setup Instructions; 7.4 Project Demo; 7.5 Extensions; 7.6 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 7.7 Exhibit B: Dedicated IR Remote Control Support Files; Chapter 8: How to Hack a Building-Size Display; 8.1 Project Overview; 8.2 Small-Scale Hardware Assembly Instructions; 8.3 Large-Scale Hardware Assembly Instructions; 8.4 Software Setup Instructions; 8.5 Project Demo; 8.6 Wireless Extensions; 8.7 Exhibit A: Small-Scale Bill of Materials; 8.8 Exhibit B: Large-Scale Bill of Materials; 8.9 Exhibit C: Large-Scale Eight-Port Relay Driver; 8.10 Exhibit D: Large-Scale Digital Interface to Relay Driver; 8.11 Exhibit E: Small-Scale LED Driver Schematic; 8.12 Exhibit F: Small-Scale Shift Register Schematic; 8.13 Exhibit G: Small-Scale Connectors; 8.14 Exhibit H: Small-Scale LED Wiring; Chapter 9: How to Build a Cubicle Intrusion Detection System; 9.1 Project Overview; 9.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 9.3 Project Demo; 9.4 Extensions; 9.5 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials for Laser-Based System; 9.6 Exhibit B: Bill of Materials for Entry Alert-Based System; 9.7 Exhibit C: BasicStamp2 Software; 9.8 Exhibit D: Schematic Diagram for Laser-Based System; 9.9 Exhibit E: Schematic Diagram for Entry Alert-Based System; Chapter 10: How to Build an Internet Toaster; 10.1 Project Overview; 10.2 Before You Start; 10.3 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 10.4 Software Setup Instructions; 10.5 Project Demo; 10.6 Extensions; 10.7 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 10.8 Exhibit B: TCU Firmware Code; 10.9 Exhibit C: Schematic Diagram for TCU; Chapter 11: How to Build a Home Arcade Machine; 11.1 Project Overview; 11.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 11.3 Troubleshooting; 11.4 Software Setup Instructions; 11.5 Project Demo; 11.6 Extensions; 11.7 Resources; 11.8 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 11.9 Exhibit B: Cabinet Plans; 11.10 Exhibit C: Control Panel Plans; 11.11 Exhibit D: Controls Schematic Diagram; Chapter 12: How to Build a Remote Object Tracker; 12.1 Project Overview; 12.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 12.3 Project Demo; 12.4 Extensions; 12.5 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 12.6 Exhibit B: Connection Cable Schematic Diagram; 12.7 Exhibit C: Tripmate Adapter Schematic Diagram; 12.8 Exhibit D: Gender Changer and Null-Modem Schematic; Chapter 13: How to Make RC Cars Play Laser Tag; 13.1 Project Overview; 13.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 13.3 Software Setup Instructions; 13.4 Project Demo; 13.5 Extensions; 13.6 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 13.7 Exhibit B: RC Car Hack Software Code; 13.8 Exhibit C: RC Car Controller Schematic Diagram; 13.9 Exhibit D: RC Car Radio Transmitter Schematic Diagram; Chapter 14: How to Build a Wearable Computer; 14.1 Project Overview; 14.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 14.3 Software Setup Instructions; 14.4 Project Demo; 14.5 Wearable System Examples; 14.6 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; Chapter 15: How to Build an Internet Coffeemaker; 15.1 Project Overview; 15.2 Hardware Assembly Instructions; 15.3 Software Setup Instructions; 15.4 Project Demo; 15.5 Extensions; 15.6 Exhibit A: Bill of Materials; 15.7 Exhibit B: Schematic Diagram; 15.8 Exhibit C: SitePlayer Code; Part Three: Appendixes; Appendix A: Schematic Capture Software; Appendix B: Communication; B.1 Wired; B.2 Wireless; Appendix C: Easy-to-Use Microcontroller Boards; Appendix D: Power Sources; D.1 Batteries; D.2 Solar Cells; D.3 Generators; Appendix E: Resources; D.1 References; D.2 Materials; Colophon;

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