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It’s 2013 and white hat hackers like Adam Laurie are still breaking into ID chips that are supposed to be secure. How come? Partly it’s the way of the world, because no man-made NFC or RFID security barrier can ever be truly impervious. But in practical terms, a chip’s vulnerability often stems from the fact that it can be taken apart and probed at a hacker’s leisure. The secure element doesn’t necessarily need to have power running through it or to be in the midst of near-field communication in order to yield up its cryptographic key to a clever intruder who has sufficient time and sufficient desire to breach the security of a smartphone, bank card or national border.
Which brings us to the latest device in NXP‘s SmartMX2 range — a piece of technology that is claimed to work very differently and that is expected to hit the market next year. Instead of a traditional key stored in the secure element’s memory, every single copy of this chip carries a unique fingerprint within the chemical structure of its transistors. This fingerprint (aka Physically Unclonable Function, or PUF) is a byproduct of tiny errors in the fabrication process — something chip makers usually try to minimize. But NXP has found a way to amplify these flaws and use them for identification, and it’d take a mightily well-equipped criminal (or fare dodger, or Scrabble cheater) to reverse engineer that.
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Gadget modder extraordinaire, Benjamin Heckendorn, has returned with period 3 of The Ben Heck Show. Along with new portions such as news, customer questions and rants, you’ll find that Ben has whipped up an innovative option to the issue of texting while driving. Utilizing the ShopBot CNC router, Ben takes a chastity belt of types– his words, not ours– to form the casing of a system that will appear an alarm system whenever one’s car is running and their phone isn’t really in the protective dock. The anti-texting system additionally logs its status to an SD card, which can then be reviewed at a later time. It won’t be until next week’s episode that we get to see the last product, but all the geeky bits that make this job possible could be found in the season opener, which you’ll locate right after the break.
Filed under: Mobile phones, Misc, MobileThe Ben Heck Program starts period 3 by clamping down on texting while driving (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|element14|E-mail this|Comments
It’s fantastic to see Ben Heck focus his efforts of do-gooder projects like that foot-controlled wheelchair, however we’ll always have a soft spot for the modfather’s even more nostalgic endeavors, like this STANDARD pocket computer. Heck produced the unit for the most recent episode of his web show, and if you’re following along in the house, you’ll require the Chatpad from an Xbox 360 controller, an Arduino Uno and a LCD display– a Hitachi HD 44780, in this case. The modder-turned-host is quick to point out that the project’s function isn’t really entirely nostalgic– you can easily additionally utilize it to control real world objects, which in the Heck’s instance indicates a ghost on a pinball playfield. Look at a video of the invention in action after the break.
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The last time we encountered Ben Heck, the tinkerer extraordinaire was waxing poetic at Producer Faire about the Raspberry Pi and cheese curds. Another thing he even discussed, nonetheless, was his most current 3D printer project, which he now explains in higher detail in the current episode of the Ben Heck Program. Improvements made to the tool consist of use of a Birdstruder for simpler accessibility to the filament and the capability print off an SD card if you don’t have a home computer practical. The 3D printer even sports a developed 200-square-millimeter print area with a strong copper cover for added sturdiness and accuracy. As usual, dimension matters for Mr. Heckendorn so the gadget got a boost in portability, now nicely folding James Bond-like into a briefcase that determines 18 x 14 x 4.2 inches. Excited in a briefcase printer of your own? Well, Heckendorn mentioned throughout the Maker Faire interview that he’s already working on an enhanced variation and thinking about putting it up on Kickstarter so hope springs eternal. In the meantime, you can easily glean more information about the device by looking into the video after the break.
Filed under: Misc. GadgetsBen Heck discusses fitting custom 3D printer in briefcase, Q nods in approval (video) initially appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Jul 2012 06:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for usage of feeds. Permalink|element14|Email this|Opinions
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Good Old Games is running a $ 4.99 sale on multiple Sierra titles including Space Quest and Kings Quest. The games come in packages of three and are compatible with Windows (sorry, Mac users, but here’s a consolation prize).
Each package includes three parts of each series, including Police Quest, Space Quest, and King’s Quest. This includes such hits as the original King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown rendered in beautiful 16-color CGA, a game that literally made my jaw drop when I saw it boot up on my friend’s XT computer in about 1985. That, my friends, was true gaming, before the days of rail shooters and endless RPGs.
Ben Heck’s been busy — again. In the latest episode of his bi-weekly show he puts his considerable brain power to work on cycle safety. He uses Parallax ping sensors connected to an Arduino to measure whether you’re in any danger from nearby obstacles and traffic. The red and green LED indicators are hooked up to ambient light sensors so they don’t blind you while riding at night — looks like Mr. Heck’s thought of everything. This week’s episode also includes more secrets behind the prolific modder’s Android APK-based baby seat. Check out both projects after the break.
That crafty Ben Heck is always up to something, like whipping up an Xbox 360 disk changer for the laziest of gamers. But, on the latest episode of his hacking and modding show, Mr. Heck is back to helping those in need and crafting accessible controllers for the disabled. During the 15-minute hackathon, the modder extraordinaire creates two different Xbox 360 remotes — a split model for those with limited arm motion, and a one-handed version for people with use of only one set of digits. If you’ve got a smidgen of soldering experience (and ideally access to a CNC) these projects are probably even simple enough to tackle yourself. Check out the entire episode and full PR after the break.
It’s no Bill Paxton Pinball, but Ben Heck’s portable Sega Genesis CDX is certainly up there in terms of superfluous gaming mods. As Heck points out, a lot of the console’s games were “FMV nonsense,” but, like most gaming systems, the 1994-released CDX had its ardent supporters. For those of you who fit the description, Heck’s combined the CD drive and motherboard from an old CDX with a chopped six-button Genesis controller, an old camcorder battery, and a four-inch LCD screen to bring you a bulky but portable console. Now you can enjoy a game of Snatcher at the laundromat while your Sonic the Hedgehog Underoos hit the spin cycle. Check out the video after the jump.
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So what has technology modder extraordinaire Benjamin J. Heckendorn come up with for his Ben Heck Show this week? Why, a laptop designed to fit on a airplane tray table, thanks to a special swiveling screen. The Coach Section Laptop is a modified Toshiba Satellite with aluminum arms affixed to either side, with slots down the middle upon which the screen’s pegs slide. Thumbscrews then tighten to keep the display in place in either of two modes: the standard laptop configuration, or the floating display-over-keyboard setup you see immediately above. Ben himself admits that we’re looking at a proof of concept for now, but we imagine he’ll have a seamless variant on eBay before long — just as soon as he can figure out where to put that precariously dangling display cord. Video after the break.
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Considering that you’re an avid viewer of The Ben Heck Show, we’re assuming this is old news to you and yours. On the off-chance that you missed the last episode, we’re here to rope you back into reality. Embedded past the break is a video filled with love, laughter and legitimate instructions on building your very own Portal t-shirt. According to Benjamin, the system consists of a front-mounted LCD, pocket-mounted battery pack and rear-mounted camera, and naturally, it’s being released just prior to Halloween. You now know exactly what you have to do.
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