hacks

  • Cornell Students Show Off A DIY Eigenface Access System

    Some charming youngsters from Cornell have created a fairly simple and effective face matching system using a webcam, a little LCD read-out, and a tiny Atmel ATmega644 8-bit microcontroller running a set of Eigenface tests on the face in question. The system is 88% accurate with no false positives. It is almost completely self-contained and is small and simple enough to add to a front door lock… Read More

  • Sony Knew About The Break-Ins For Six Days Before Coming Clean

    Sony Knew About The Break-Ins For Six Days Before Coming Clean

    As Joel at Kotaku points out, Sony learned about the network break-ins on about April 20 and did nothing to alert customers until the 26th, a move that points to a great deal of hubris and foolhardy bravado on Sony’s part. Joel followed the trail from beginning to end, noting that Sony learned that something was amiss when servers began rebooting without intervention on the 19th. Read More

  • The Xbox Slim Laptop Is Ready To Ship

    This one-of-a-kind Xbox “Slim Laptop” is ready to ship if you have $1,600 and a need to play 360 games on the road. Built by a blogger named [Ed], it’s basically a fully-functional Xbox 360 inside a laptop case with 17″ 720p HD screen, multiple outputs, four USB ports, and a built-in power brick. Essentially, except for the controller, this is a self-contained Xbox in a… Read More

  • Tell Your Gullible Relatives Not To Click On Any Banned Lady Gaga Video Links

    Tell Your Gullible Relatives Not To Click On Any Banned Lady Gaga Video Links

    There is a fairly egregious worm going around now that masquerades as a YouTube link for a “banned” Lady Gaga video. When you click on the bit.ly link it sends you to a fake YouTube page and then asks for permission to access your Twitter account. This results in another infected tweet being sent out on your Twoot stream, thereby continuing the long, sad cycle. Read More

  • iGeigie: A Geiger Counter For Your iPhone

    iGeigie: A Geiger Counter For Your iPhone

    The RDTN project is working on an easy-to-build and simple Geiger counter for the iPhone. Read More

  • AR Drone And Kinect, Enough Said

    Check out this Kinect-controlled Parrot AR Drone. The man operating the AR Drone shows that you’re never too old to be a pretend airplane. Read More

  • Drink-Making Unit 2.0 Makes Mixology Into Actual Science

    Drink-Making Unit 2.0 Makes Mixology Into Actual Science

    Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories put together an impressive automatic drink-making machine last year which they called the Drink-Making Unit. This year they’ve reinvented it with a whole new style and twice as many ingredient options. And in keeping with the descriptive style of naming, it is known as the Drink-Making Unit 2.0. Read More

  • Watch-Controlled Gripper Bot Is All Kinds Of DIY Cute

    Watch-Controlled Gripper Bot Is All Kinds Of DIY Cute

    I love that there are tons of tinkerers out there just putting together robots for no other reason than “hey, this might work.” Home hacker Lars Kristian Roland made this one, a simple rover bot with a gripping claw (it runs on modular hardware and an Arduino, naturally) — but the twist in this case is that it’s controlled by a Chronos watch that has a built-in… Read More

  • Left-Handed DSLR Hack – Take That, Righty!

    Left-Handed DSLR Hack – Take That, Righty!

    Matt over at Gizmodo points out a nice bit of DIY work done by Andrew Scrivani, a left-handed photographer for the NY Times. His right arm is out of commission for a while, and left-handed SLR bodies are expensive as hell, so he went to his gear closet and put together this little hack. Basically it’s just a rigid bracket for him to hold while he fires the remote with his incapacitated… Read More

  • Is Apple Too Quick To Shut Down Potentially Hacked Accounts?

    Is Apple Too Quick To Shut Down Potentially Hacked Accounts?

    A reader, Mike, sent in a tale of woe so odd and draconian that I’m not even sure what to think of it. On one hand, Apple is protecting its interests when it comes to fake gift cards and other potentially costly hacks and, on the other hand, their reaction is far out of proportion to the actual situation. Mike’s account was hacked in January of this year and $80 worth of iTunes… Read More

  • Russian Hacker Jailed For Putting Porn On Video Billboard

    Russian Hacker Jailed For Putting Porn On Video Billboard

    In Moscow, naked woman find you. At least that’s what many Russians found out last year, when a 40-year-old Russian hacker named Igor Blinnikov somehow found his way onto a 600 square foot video billboard where he played NSFW video for passing motorists. Igor called it a “bad joke” when he confessed, but that didn’t stop him from getting sentenced to one and a half years… Read More

  • Man Creates Microwave Gun From Small Appliance, Starts Burning Things (Video)

    Have you done anything worthwhile today? This guy made a microwave gun from a microwave oven, a few computer fans, sheet metal, and wood. His magnetron puts out 1 kW of microwave energy directed into a 35 degree cone — enough juice to fry your eyeballs in seconds. If that’s not enough, it can also jam any radio or cellphone within 20 feet. Read More

  • Hack Your iPad 2 Cover Onto Your Old, Busted iPad 1

    Smart Cover for iPad 1 from Studio Neat on Vimeo. While I would equate this to putting pearls on a swine, it is, in fact, possible to attach your fancy new iPad Magic Cover to your old and busted original iPad . Sadly, in order to do this you need to paste rare earth magnets to the side of the iPad, a process that will make your old iPad pretty ratty. Read More

  • Who Says Tablets Are Useless? This One's Running A Minecraft Server

    Who Says Tablets Are Useless? This One's Running A Minecraft Server

    Now, this isn’t exactly groundbreaking stuff, but it does really demonstrate the fact that all tablets (especially the more recent and hackable ones) are just small computers. Anything’s possible — convenient, perhaps not, but if you’re looking to take full advantage of the hardware you’ve just bought, there are definitely ways to go about doing that. Read More

  • Hacker Gets Kinect Working On – Wait For It – The Playstation 3

    This is really more of a “just ‘cuz” Kinect hack than one of those practical ones we see occasionally. Yes, hacker Shantanu Goel has rigged up his Kinect to work with its greatest enemy, the PS3. Where is your Move now?! Read More

  • Sony To Subpoena Two Years Of PS3 Hacker's PayPal Records

    Sony To Subpoena Two Years Of PS3 Hacker's PayPal Records

    Query: If I donated $10 to Geohot’s legal defense fund, does that make me liable for his actions, and do I have no right to keeping that donation private? It was, after all (if I made it), a perfectly legal transaction between two private citizens. Well, according to Sony and Federal Magistrate Spero (who just a short time ago approved Sony’s request for all IPs visiting the… Read More

  • Kinect Hack: Head-Mounted Kinect Makes For Rudimentary Artificial Vision

    Kinect Hack: Head-Mounted Kinect Makes For Rudimentary Artificial Vision

    Many of the hacks we’ve seen for the Kinect, interesting as they are, are aimed at entertainment or just plain coolness. There are plenty of exceptions, though, like the medical monitor we heard about yesterday, or the several telepresence robots we’ve seen that have a multitude of uses. This hack definitely belongs in the latter category; helping blind people see? I don’t… Read More

  • PS3 To Be Re-Secured by 3.60 Firmware

    PS3 To Be Re-Secured by 3.60 Firmware

    The “epic fail” of PS3 security discovered by hackers in January and pried open further by Geohot (who is now being sued) may be fixed with the latest patch to the PS3. This is the natural way of things, of course. Read More

  • Video: Hack Turns Kinect Into Home Automation Assistant

    Ja! A gentleman known to the Internet as Nitrogen has put together a type of Kinect do-it-yourself project that’s certainly worth a moment of your time. The “hack” uses the libfreenect library to turn the Kinect into a home automation sensor. So, you walk into your room, the Kinect camera sees you enter, then libfreenect turns on your lights. Leave the room, out go the lights. Read More

  • Excuse Generator Built From 14.4K Modem

    Excuse Generator Built From 14.4K Modem

    Not too quick on the draw when it comes to fabricating excuses as to why you missed that meeting? Install this little guy next to your phone and you’ll be fooling The Man with solid gold automatically generated content in no time. Wait a second, “My bike ran out of coolant”? That won’t do. Ah, here’s a good one. “The CEO tried to drown me.” Much… Read More