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Authors: Scott Fullam
ISBN-13: 9780596003142, ISBN-10: 0596003145
Format: Paperback
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Date Published: January 2004
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Scott Fullam

Scott Fullam has been hacking hardware since he was 10 years old with his first RadioShack 100-in-1 electronic kit. He built an "intruder" alarm to keep his sister out of his room. Scott attended MIT earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. While an undergraduate he built a "shower detection" system so that he could see if the community shower was in use. After graduating from MIT Scott designed children's toys and built close to 50 prototypes in 2 years. He then went to work at Apple Computer in the Advanced Technology Group designing digital still cameras. In 1995, Fullam co-founded PocketScience, which develops revolutionary mobile e-mail communications products and services. As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Fullam personally developed all of the algorithms for the company's products. Scott now works as an independent consultant assisting consumer electronic companies design high quality products. Never satisfied with how the consumer electronics products he owns work, he often takes them apart and enhances their capabilities.

Book Synopsis

Fullam, who has two degrees from MIT and includes Thomas Edison and Ben Franklin among his hacking heroes, provides detailed instructions and materials lists for 15 projects. Each is rated in terms of cost to build, level of difficulty, and time needed (usually a weekend, although a few will take several weekends). The projects include a cubicle intrusion detection system, a car-mounted video camera for seeing around SUVs, a digital video recorder, an arcade game, and an Internet-enabled toaster that imprints the weather forecast on toast. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Library Journal

While most of us are content to use our technical toys as provided, hardware hackers constantly search for bigger, better, and more interesting ways to modify their equipment. Hardware Hacking Projects lives up to its title by outlining how to carry out various projects, from building an aquarium inside a Mac, to hacking a video periscope for your car, to building an Internet coffee maker. Cost, time, and difficulty are estimated for each, and project downloads are available online. Appendixes provide additional information on topics like creating schematics and different types of power sources. A clearly written, illustrated, and fun guide for larger libraries serving do-it-yourselfers, tinkerers, and power users. Hardware Hacking provides a similar step-by-step project approach, but projects differ in type and scale-find out here, for example, how to create a paddle for your Atari 5200, build a UFO mouse, and add a larger hard drive to your iPod. The last section includes an OS and coding overview, while beginning sections cover tools and electrical engineering basics. Appropriate for larger libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IBasic Hacks, Tools, and Techniques
1How to Build a Portable Laptop Power Supply15
2How to Build an Aquarium Inside a Macintosh25
3How to Hack 802.11b Antennas45
4How to Build a PC Water-Cooling System55
5How to Hack a Furby (and Other Talking Toys)71
6How to Hack a Video Periscope for Your Car103
Pt. IIAdvanced Hacks, Tools, and Techniques
7How to Build a Digital Video Recorder129
8How to Hack a Building-Size Display145
9How to Build a Cubicle Intrusion Detection System179
10How to Build an Internet Toaster195
11How to Build a Home Arcade Machine213
12How to Build a Remote Object Tracker233
13How to Make RC Cars Play Laser Tag247
14How to Build a Wearable Computer267
15How to Build an Internet Coffeemaker289
Pt. IIIAppendixes
ASchematic Capture Software309
BCommunication311
CEasy-to-Use Microcontroller Boards317
DPower Sources319
E: Resources325
Index327

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