Back in 2009, [Evi1wombat] pulled of this interesting hack, and it has slowly made its way through the internet to find us today. He obtained the computer from a recently deceased treadmill and decided to hack into it. Finding himself unable to flash the existing chip, he yanked it out and replaced it with something he was more familiar with, a dsPIC30F4011. Unfortunately we don’t have any pics of the inside, but he says that he had some fun with wire because the pin mapping wasn’t exactly the same. [Evi1wombat] also gained some respect for the original designer judging by this quote from the source code:
* Damn, the dude who designed that board pulled
* some pretty nifty tricks… took a while to
* get all the drivers working.
Of course, once you have control over some nifty new hardware, the first logical thing to do on it is play “Still Alive” from the game Portal.
Enjoy the video after the break.