Developed on Hackaday: the Current Project State

It has been quite a while since we updated our readers with the current state of the Mooltipass, the offline password keeper project developed by the Hackaday staff and community.

A few weeks ago we presented you the designs that our mechanical contributors had thought of. We organized a poll to get a feeling of what the favorite designs may be and around one thousand people expressed their opinions. The first three favorite designs with their corresponding votes were:

As we don’t want to put all our eggs in the same basket, most of our mechanical contributors are still continuing to work on the popular designs. Their current task concerns the electronics integration inside the different cases.

In the mean time, several prototypes were hand soldered and shipped to the firmware developers located all over the world.

Three to fourteen days later, they could start working on the firmware tasks they had picked. Luckily enough no platforms were harmed during transport, though my 8 years old AVRISP recently died. Several ground rules were strictly established in order to get a good cooperation going. At the moment, we’re quite happy using google groups and Trello to discuss and keep track of the development process.

Things are therefore smoothly progressing. We hope to launch into production other PCB versions (made for the designs) in +/- one month and later ship the assembled prototypes to selected beta testers. That’s an optimistic guess of course! If you’re interested in more constant updates or want to reach the development team, you may join the Mooltipass Google Group.


  1. Jamie Bliss says:

    How do we get on the beta list?

  2. Brian says:

    I’m glad to see the progress being made. I will definitely be interested in buying one of these when it is finished :)

  3. Master of Entropy says:

    I’ve heard rumors that paper, pencil and steganography were developed some centuries ago and people used to trust it more than the rather volatile EEPROM inside an AVR.

    Furthermore everyone would be better off carrying their public RSA keys with them instead of this toy and using PGP everywhere. Would make NSAs work a lot harder.
    And if once in the future the day comes and I can’t remember my passwords or decipher them on my paper backup, I’d rather reach for my gun instead of that thing, because life with Alzheimer’s disease is miserable.

  4. default_ex says:

    Totally thought that one button thing was a new controller for Fable IV. That’s really all they were missing from Fable III, wedging the rest of the controls (i.e. movement) into one button.

  5. Ren says:

    around one thousand people ,
    yeah, but my comments didn’t amount to much! B^)

  6. Figureitout says:

    Liked that you’re (Mathieu and the google group) is taking into account Java on SIM card vulnerabilities for this. That you’re shipping the product around the world to develop it is very cool too. Good work.

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