I finally finished my last unfinished knitting project, this scarf with two O Rly owls on it. It’s for my friend Justin, who asked for it special. One end says “O Rly?” and other other, “Ya Rly.” I made a pattern you can download, as well, if you want to make it. – Link.
A few days ago at the 24th Chaos Communication Congress a Wii hack was demonstrated that allows arbitrary software to run on the Wii console. Previously, the console was only available via the Gamecube emulation mode. This new hack will allow folks to write homebrew software that can take advantage of the Wii’s full capabilities.
Here’s a description of the hack from Tysoe_J in the WiiLi forums:
In pressed Wii games, there are two values that are put together to make the on-the-fly decryption key with which the Wii can actually execute the game. One in on the security ring of the manufactured disc, and one is stored by every Wii to decrypt data (the static key). What’s happened here is they’ve got the “Lego Star Wars” game key simply from the disc, and they’ve got the FULL (“master”) key used to decrypt ONLY Lego Star Wars game through dumping Wii memory (this was done by disabling some of the ATi bridge that locks out the RAM during Gamecube mode).
Now, this resulted in the “master” key for Lego Star Wars, and the “disc auth” key for it too. Reverse engineering this resulted in the generic Wii data key, thus allowing them to burn their own data under the disguise of LSW. Then, of course, a drive modchip was needed cos they can’t press their own discs…
STILL, that’s what’s going on… Nintendo wouldn’t be able to patch this with a firmware update. They’d have to change hardware keys and most DEFINITELY fix up the ATi lockout bridge too.
Wii Linux, open source Wii games – a lot of stuff should be possible now. Happy new year!
Nintendo Wii Homebrew “Hello World” – [via] Link
24c3 tweezer attack @ WiiLi.org forum – Link
This book looks great, here’s the blurb from Amazon… -
How can you measure the speed of light with a bar of chocolate and a microwave oven? To keep a banana from decaying, are you better off rubbing it with lemon juice or refrigerating it? How can you figure out how much your head weighs? Mick Oâ€™Hare, who created the New Scientistâ€™s popular science sensations Does Anything Eat Wasps? and Why Donâ€™t Penguinsâ€™ Feet Freeze?, has the answers. In this fascinating and irresistible new book, Oâ€™Hare and the New Scientist team guide you through one hundred intriguing experiments that show essential scientific principles (and human curiosity) in action. Explaining everything from the unusual chemical reaction between Mentos and cola that provokes a geyser to the geological conditions necessary to preserve a family pet for eternity, How to Fossilize Your Hamster is fun, hands-on science that everyone will want to try at home.
Amazon.com: How to Fossilize Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist: Books: Mick O’Hare, thanks David! – Link.
The “Three Blind Mice” project takes three old mechanical mice and connects them up to an AVR microcontroller to feed their input into a PC to control 3D graphics in VVVV. Nice hack with a how-to included.
Here’s a short video in which Joshua Wright demonstrates how a Bluetooth headset can be hijacked, allowing audio to be captured or sent to the device:
Few users realize that Bluetooth headsets can be exploited granting a remote attacker the ability to record and inject audio through the headset while the device is not in an active call. SANS Institute author and senior instructor Joshua Wright demonstrates.
All that is necessary is knowing the device address, which can be easily sniffed, and the secret pin, which defaults to 0000. The headset audio is tapped while not in a call, so any room conversation the headset’s mic can pick up can potentially be listened to remotely.
Some classmates (Byron Lahey and Ryan Brotman) and I just finished up a project where we used wireless handheld electronic devices to control Max/MSP instruments. It’s called sGloTaT (sensor Glow-object Trumpet and Tambourine):
The sGloTaT sonic environment allows participants to originate sound by moving physical objects. It encourages novice users to play by naturally gesturing with two tangible user interface objects emulating a trumpet and tambourine. In this sound space, movements by the users generate visual feedback projected on the floor in the form of a three-dimensional rendering of a cone.
Byron built one of the objects from polycarbonate tubing, and I hacked a Bop-it toy for the other controller. Both contain an Arduino mini, BlueSmiRF, and a two-axis accelerometer. The glowing and IR-reflective tape helps the objects be sensed by our motion tracking infrastructure in the SMALLab environment at Arizona State University. You can watch the overview video, download our paper, and look at photos of the objects in progress – Link.
This page provides information on how to hack your MyBook World Edition, so as you can improve performance and add new features. MyBook is powered by ARM9 microprocessor, it has 32MB of SDRAM and boots from internal hard drive. The system partition has 2.8GB (only 260 MB is occupied). This means that you have a lot of resources for various improvements.
Hacking the Western Digital MyBook World Edition – Link.