This post by Jeff (@jeffmakes) was delayed due to interferences with other projects but nevertheless, enjoy!
This year, it was my great honour to design the hardware for the Troopers19 badge.
We wanted to make a wifi-connected MicroPython-powered badge; something that would be fun to take home and hack on. It was a nice opportunity to use a microcontroller platform that I hadn’t tried before. I also used the project as a chance to finally migrate my PCB workflow from Eagle to Kicad. Inevitably it was a painful transition, which resulted in quite some delay to the project as I floundered around in the new tool, but it does mean the design files are in an open format which I hope will benefit the community of Troopers attendees and future badge designers!
Sadly, TROOPERS 19 is already over. I had great fun meeting all of you, helping you with your badge problems and seeing others hacking on their badges for example to get custom images on there.
With this year’s badge we wanted to give you something you can reuse after the conference, learn new things new build something on your own.
As promised in our talk Jeff and I would like to give you a short introduction into the badge internals. Along with this post we will release the source code for the badge firmware, the provisioning server and the schematics for the PCB.
Real men used to wear pink pagers, but that’s the past and recently it was time for Troopers 16. Meaning: Real Troopers wear awesome Badges! And, from the feedback we got, they did!
Troopers might be over, but the era of the TR16 Badge is seemingly just beginning. As such, here’s a quick insight into the badge!
As TROOPERS15 has come to an end, I’ve finally got the time and energy to give you a deeper insight into the TR15 badge. As most of you have probably heard during the conference, this year’s badge was based on the OpenPCD2. The OpenPCD 2 is a 13.56MHz NFC Reader, Writer and Emulator under the GNU GPL v2. As NFC is, yet again, on an uprise, a badge with NFC simply gives you the chance to fiddle around and hack stacks of stuff in the real world. Adding some TROOPERS spirit and a few little secrets we hope we’ve designed a pretty nice badge! Continue reading “Troopers 15 Badge”
TROOPERS14 has come to an end, and it’s finally time to let you have a go at the Badge’s source code. As promised, it was slightly modified and extended, to show you the full potential of your new gadget. I’ve added some nice payloads from Nikhil Mittal and a few own ones. Above that, for those who took their parts for soldering home, I’ve also added a few quick instructions on how to do the soldering.
Greetings from the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg. Just in time for TROOPERS14, I’ve got the great honor to present this years badge!
Being a TROOPER is tough: You need to know loads of information, learn even more and be able to work fast.
This year we decided to increase your efficiency and speed when collecting data from computer systems and, let’s say, hacking them! Your newest gadget is based on a plain Arduino Leonardo, modded with one of our famous shields. After adding a few LEDs and buttons, it will power up to full functionality. Continue reading “A TROOPER’s Keyboard”