[Bart] sent in his efforts to recover the flash data on a mysterious mp3 player he found laying about. He successfully built an interface using a AVR/ATmega setup to get access to the data. This could be a viable way to recover data from broken thumbdrives – but it’s probably easier to swap the flash chip onto another drive. The Chipquik stuff sounds interesting – cold SMD chip desoldering. Given the cost, I’m not sure just how cost effective it is compared to buying a rework station.
In case you haven’t caught it already, check out this DIY Wacom Cintiq – AKA Wacom pad LCD tablet. Drew Northcott built his own for a couple hundred in parts. It’s a cool hack – I figured I better put up an extra post before I my inbox gets filled with it. Thanks for the tips guys!