Welcome @Mathieu Stephan ! Let's start with an intro
hey everyone! so as you may have seen i'm an open source enthusiast who specializes in designing devices from the ground up. i've worked in many many different sectors, alternated between full time positions and small contracting jobs, to quickly gained xperience
Mathieu Stephan: I've been many times in China, have commercialized around a dozen devices for companies or myselfand I was a writer for hackaday for a year and a half! the mooltipass device started there.
should I start answering the google sheet questions? :)
Sophi: Tell us the story of how the mooltpass happened first!
With time, logins and passwords have become critical elements we need to remember to access the different websites and services we use daily. If we want to achieve good security, each of these credential sets should be unique. We therefore created the Mooltipass, a physical password keeper that remembers and encrypts your credentials so you don't have to
he construction looks complicated with a card and an USB device, why not just an USB device?
he idea was to make something that anyone could work on, remotely. I had this idea in the back of my head to create an offline password keeper. Luckily no one else had this idea... I made a call for contributors and around 20 people started working on it.
he first 20 prototypes were therefore soldered by myself, shipped to the contributors so they could start playing with the first draft of the hardware
hen once we had settled on the final hw and GUI layout, we produced a small batch by someone in china, shipped it to selected testers
e had fw devs, sw devs, designers, advisors... lots of interesting contributors and testers!
@Frank Buss You'll find standard questions answered on our main website here: https://www.themooltipass.com/ but the general idea was to use several devices without carrying them around
, this makes sense, you need just the card, and a device at home, at work etc.
Mathieu Stephan: yup! you may also find all "developed on hackaday" articles here: http://hackaday.com/tag/developed-on-hackaday/
At the time we were publishing updates every month or so, showing hackaday readers our progress and asking for input... heck, I didn't even choose the name mooltipass.
If you read all the articles you'll see what you can typically discover when you start making a device... all the good and bad surprise
Frank Buss: yeah, i've done products for clients and open source, too, I know this :-
Mathieu Stephan: ... then you realize that you can never imagine what can go wrong. I think seeedstudio or similar will be more than happy to do it for you, provided you accept their quote and fund everything yourself. However you'll indeed need to show a functional prototype and I'm fairly sure they won't risk promising anything more than what you show your product can do. I also think they'll prefer that you deal with the certification or they'll simply forward you the certification center bill.
I am an embedded security guy. While building any hardware product what's your level of priority for security?
Benchoff: Another question? We have a lot on manufacturing in China.
certification, and WEEE in Europe, can be expensive
I guess you meant why. Why not? We believe that security through open source is something possible. Level priority of security is a tricky question: anything can be broken provided enough funds. We tried to have the best security/device cost compromise...Read more »