ToorCon 14 badge

Attendees at the recent ToorCon 14 conference in San Diego were provided this RF enabled badge. Containing the same CC1110 radio circuit as the poular IM-Me, its a sub-1 GHz wireless transceiver controlled directly from your computer. The badge was designed by hardware maker Michael Ossmann, who states, “The ToorCon 14 Badge shipped with RfCat firmware and a USB bootloader installed, so conference attendees were able to start experimenting with just a USB cable, a laptop, and the RfCat software. Although I am a fan of software defined radio, sometimes a wireless transceiver IC is all you need to do some interesting things, and RfCat is the easiest way I know to get started.”

The badge is entirely open source with the files available on GitHub.

Via Mossmann’s blog.

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  1. ‘entirely open source’…mhhhmmm
    So what does the Microsoft logo on it? That doesn’t quite fit, i wouldn’t even have laid a finger on it…

    1. Frank: While I’m not a fan of Microsoft’s products or approach to business, they do pour a significant amount of cash into worthy projects. This badge is one example. Microsoft helped fund production of this badge, putting open hardware and software in the hands of several hundred very smart people to inspire them to do more experimentation with wireless technology.

      Remain objective, and give credit where it is due.

  2. trust me, no badge software was funded by microsoft (and certainly not owned by them yech), and the hardware costs a lot to fab, far more than the conference entry fees would allow, so companies help fund the actual fabrication. the hw designs are open source, and you may download the specs and have your own fabricated. i realize the MS name brings a certain non-FOSS feel, but sometimes the details are different than your gut might want to tell you. MS in recent years has funded a bit of hacker con stuff.


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