Easy IM-ME flashing

[Travis Goodspeed] wrote a guide to firmware flashing for the IM-ME. He’s using a GoodFET open-source JTAG adapter that he designed to do the programming. This is really taking [Dave's] work on the device and running with it.  The end goal being to develop an operating system for the device. If you haven’t read the past articles, once hacked this becomes a development board for the Chipcon CC1110 processor with keyboard, LCD screen, and wireless communications included.


  1. ZigZagJoe says:

    Pity it’s pink.

  2. Dennis Booth says:

    Let me know when you can put linux, wine and Filetopia on it ! HARaaM On Filetopia, chat:All Good Things

  3. Dave says:

    Way to go Travis! Excellent work!

  4. TJ says:

    @Dennis Booth
    Let us know when you’ve got the patches ready.

  5. Skyler says:

    Would model paint stick to that, I wonder?

  6. heli_man says:

    @ Skyler

    They have primer for plastic that works great on things like this. I did an old laptop with it and it has held up great for a few years.

  7. Derek says:

    Vinyl dye, permanently change the color.

  8. Paul Potter says:

    Great work.


  9. mrgoogfan says:

    Shouldn’t be too hard to paint

  10. Allan says:

    I second Derek’s suggestion of vinyl dye. I’d used spray paint on an external modem and a CRT case a number of years ago and while it worked, the paint tended to chip and scratch over time. I’ve also used vinyl dye on a CRT case and that came out much better. It didn’t chip and scratches were much less noticeable.

  11. Ben Ryves says:

    Top work – good to see some people still working on these machines!

  12. uzerzero says:

    I hope he didn’t steal that from some young girl for the sole purpose of hacking it… I can see the headlines now: Teenage girls complain of missing IM-ME devices, GoodFET hackers rejoice.

    But in all seriousness, this is a great article about taking a cheap piece of hardware and hacking it to make it more (intellectually) valuable.

  13. richard says:

    krylon spary paint would work well its made specifically for plastic

  14. CodeAsm says:

    Nice, I have one. Now the soldering iron.
    Thx for the vinyl dye Tip guys.

  15. blue carbuncle says:

    Has anyone mentioned vinyl dye? You could dye it then paint it so when the paint wears off there is a cooler color underneath. Take some Bondo and make a nose like Lady Gaga’s and paint it pink or bondo a popped collar and make it preppy lol and ya definitely need to add an arduino based led wifi detector.

    /sorry couldn’t resist after the comments above lol

    //great work on the hack tho!!! not trying to demean your progress, just having a laugh with the folx that seem to be acked by the color.

  16. SteveATL says:

    lol @blue carbuncle
    And you forgot to ask for the POV mod!

  17. Jared says:

    Using Travis and Dave’s work as a start, someone’s already turned this device into a spectrum analyzer!


    It doesn’t cover all the bands I might wish, but for a $20 device? Who cares?! Impressive work by all involved…

  18. Hunter Davis says:

    Awesome hack! FYI there are some gpl drivers for the pc side of this device posted at the SF page below.


  19. Trey says:

    Got same one!

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