Hackaday Links: September 15, 2011

Open-source Mars rover

[Seth King] wasn’t satisfied with current robotics platforms that don’t work well outdoors. He started the Open Rover Kickstarter with the end goal of having a 6-wheel robot with a rocker-bogie suspension just like the Mars landers. We’re sure it’ll be an interesting platform.

Adding a Flash to a key fob video camera

[doctormord] picked up a key fob “spycam” and was surprised that there wasn’t any onboard illumination. Then again, that would probably defeat the purpose of the “spycam.” A transistor, LED and resistor later (translation), he had a camera with a light. Pics here.

Automated WEP cracking

This is a video of [Elliott] using his autocrack script to crack a WEP wi-fi network. It took [Elliott] less than a minute to crack a network he set up. Lesson: don’t use WEP.

Adding wi-fi to a laptop the fast way

This laptop used to have a broken Mini-PCIe wi-fi adapter. [Mikko] fixed the wireless by taking out the old card and hooking up a USB wi-fi adapter. He soldered the USB leads directly to the back of an internal USB port and used hot glue “to prevent bad things from happening.” A very easy, fast, and cheap way of fixing a broken wireless adapter.

Han Solo’s soldering iron

When [Craig] was 15, he broke the Bakelite casing of his father’s soldering iron. Being a good son, he fixed it by gutting his original Star Wars Han Solo blaster. Nice, but not as great as Starsong from My Little Pony.

20 thoughts on “Hackaday Links: September 15, 2011

      1. Even the pros do it that way sometimes. I’ve got an internet radio with built in wi-fi, one of those boxes based on an ARM chip running a custom linux. When I cracked it open to have a peek inside they’d just built a USB port on the circuit board, plugged a bare USB dongle in there, then added a wire leading to an external antenna.

    1. @Mikko (I can’t reply directly)
      Did you look into using the USB signals on the PCI-E slot itself? I think it’s pins 38 and 38.
      Then you just need to source 5V from somewhere and you have your internal network card without disabling a USB port.

    1. This is the first of five links he provides, sandwiched in between “This has probably been done to some extent:” and “but i am a DIY kind of person, and I learn more from building my own tools, then using someone else’s.”

      1. Yet he’s learnt nothing of aircrack from what he’s done. He knows how to use them and maybe learnt about scripting.

        Not that I know how aircrack works, still don’t understand what the PTW attack is.

  1. I’m sorry, but is it wrong of me to expect a little bit more than a cardboard box and foam wheels as a demonstration when the guy is asking for $2500 in funding?

    1. Did you just search for web addresses and not read why it’s doing it? It’s completely optional..
      #Looks though the DIRs for the key files, then bassed on the mac it uses Skyhooks database to locate the AP
      if [ x”$1″ = x”locate” -o x”$1″ = x”location” ]; then

  2. Excuse me, why the hell is there a bloody WEP cracking tutorial on Hackaday? I don’t object to showing people how to do it, I object because it’s utterly non-technical and every wannabe hacker out there has made a lame video about how to crack WEP. There’s absolutely nothing interesting or remarkable about what he did.

    1. This is not a tutorial. This video was uploaded in an attempt to promote awareness of how insecure WEP is. You can tell that its not a tutorial because of how non-technical it is.

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