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‘Reverse Engineering Furby Connect’s Bluetooth Protocol and Update Format’ #WarrantyVoided

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Thanks to reader Mike for letting us know about GitHub user Jeija’s Bluefluff repo, which you can get a glimpse of it in action in the first video below.

With its Bluetooth Connection, Furby Connect is updated frequently with new surprises, like songs. When the antenna glows, this means Furby has something new to show you in the Furby Connect World app. Furby loves to share kid-friendly videos.

First things first: My Furby Connect “Dee-Koh” is safe and has not been harmed in the making of this. There is no need for physical access to the Furby in order to perform these kinds of hacks. This projects aims to reverse engineer / “hack” Furby Connect’s Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, graphics and audio format and eventually find a way to execute own code on Furby.

What I have achieved so far

  • Understand large parts of Furby’s BLE communication protocol
  • Open a secret debug menu in Furby’s LCD eyes
  • Control Furby’s actions, antenna color and LCD backlight
  • Control Furby’s emotions by setting his hungryness, tiredness, wellness etc. levels.
  • Get information on Furby’s sensor states including the antenna joystick, tickle / pet sensors and accelerometer
  • Update Furby with the official update “DLC” files from Hasbro or with my modified versions of those
  • Insert own audio content into DLC files

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Here’a video demonstrating the fluff code:

And here’s our own 2016 Furby teardown:

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WANT: Star Trek: TNG Kataan Probe Pendant

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An officially-licensed pendant that pays homage to the absolute best Star Trek: TNG episode of all time. Each time I hear Picard playing “The Inner Light” on the old Ressikan flute featured in this episode, I start tearing up like crazy.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, you can own a handcrafted 1:1 scale replica of the Star Trek: TNG Kataan Probe Pendant like the one worn by Eline, Picard’s wife during his time as Ressikan iron weaver Kamin in the episode, “The Inner Light.”

[Star Trek: TNG Kataan Probe Pendant]

The post WANT: Star Trek: TNG Kataan Probe Pendant appeared first on Geeks are Sexy Technology News.

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Hackaday Prize Entry: OLED Displays For Soldering Iron Tips

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Having soldered one end of a wire to a switch, you move on to the next step in your hack, soldering the other end of the wire to the more temperature sensitive pin 11 on the 6847 video chip. You set the soldering pen’s target temperature to something lower. You position the end of a tinned wire just so, with the solder held between the ring and pinky fingers of the same hand. You stare hard at the pin while you still know which one it is. Luckily this soldering pen has a display in the handle, close enough for you to glance at it quickly and see that the target temperature has been reached. You solder the wire in place.

The previous hack was one I did back in 1982 to my TRS-80 color computer but alas, there was no display in the soldering pen’s handle. I was just too early for the sweet soldering pen that [vlk] is making, and has entered into the 2017 Hackaday Prize.  It’s powered by a LiPo battery and can go from 25 to 400℃ in 5 seconds. The handle contains the electronics, including an STM32F031, and we’re impressed with how small he’s managed to get it all. Two buttons provide control and an OLED display simultaneously shows what looks like two target temperatures, the current temperature, voltages, battery charge level, and status. And if you want to make your own, his page even includes the schematics. Watch how easy it is to use in the videos below the break.

While [vlk]’s soldering pen has all the precision and ease of use you’d want, check out what is probably the simplest approach to soldering iron temperature control we’ve seen here. Or you could go for something in between, this one that’s also powered by LiPo batteries but has the display in a small laser cut box.


Filed under: The Hackaday Prize, tool hacks



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Watch: "I'm Just a Lie," Jimmy Kimmel's modern day Schoolhouse Rock lesson

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In case you missed "I'm Just a Lie" on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, here it is – the updated version of Schoolhouse Rock's 1976 "I'm just a Bill."

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The abysmal information security at Trump properties has probably already compromised US secrets

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Propublica and Gizmodo sent a penetration-testing team to Mar-a-Lago, the Trump resort that has been at the center of series of controversial potential breaches of US military secrecy (for example, loudly discussing sensitive information about the North Korean missile launch in the club's full, public dining room); they discovered that it would be child's play to hack the Mar-a-Lago networks, and that indeed, the networks have almost certainly already been hacked. (more…)

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Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, RIP

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Chris Cornell, the singer of pioneering grunge/metal band Soundgarden, has died of apparent suicide. When I saw them play small clubs in the early 1990s, it was always an incredibly intense and, yes, loud experience. From the New York Times:

Mr. Cornell was born in 1964 in Seattle and helped form Soundgarden 20 years later. Sub Pop, then a fledgling record label, released the group’s first single, “Hunted Down,” in 1987, as well as two subsequent EPs. The group’s debut album, “Ultramega OK,” came a year later.

“Badmotorfinger,” released in 1991, benefited from the swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock ’n’ roll. Soundgarden’s musical journeys tended toward the knotty and dark, plunging into off-kilter meters and punctuated by Mr. Cornell’s voice, which could quickly shift from a soulful howl to a gritty growl.

Three of Soundgarden’s studio albums have been certified platinum, including “Superunknown,” from 1994, which featured “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman” and “My Wave.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0_zzCLLRvE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNh-iw7gsuI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbBbFH9fAg

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#sad rest in peace sir!
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StunGod
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One of my absolute favorite singers and songwriters. Just heartbreaking.
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