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Dumb Badge

It doesn't *do* anything. That's what makes it cool.

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It's a badge that's a dumb terminal. It doesn't actually *do* anything, because dumb terminals don't actually do anything. It's just a keyboard and a screen. It'll teach you the difference between a DB-25 and a DE-9.

Badge Hardware Specs / Function

It's a dumb terminal. It doesn't do anything. You can wear it around your neck. It's got a keyboard and a screen. The prototype will have a DB-25 connector if it kills me.

WHAT: Built a hackable, open badge (that doesn't do anything. Remember that it doesn't do anything, because dumb terminals don't do anything) for Defcon, August 7-11, 2019.

WHY: doesn't the badge do anything? Because it's a dumb terminal you can wear around your neck! You can connect it to other badges! It will work as a serial console for last year's Defcon badge. Again, this is a dumb terminal, with a keyboard, that you wear around your neck. Because this should exist.

WHAT: up! We're three cool guys looking for other cool guys who want to hang out in our party mansion! Nothing Sexual. Dudes in good shape encouraged, but if you're fat, we expect you to find humor in the little things. Again, nothing sexual.

TWITTER: Yeah go here or something

  • A Design Study

    Benchoff4 days ago 0 comments

    I am designing the Dumb Badge with the idea that is a product, not a single one-off project. Being a product demands some work must go into the design, both the design language of the enclosure, but also the typefaces and logotype of the screenprinting and packaging. Basically, I need to decide on a font or two. It's also time to start designing the enclosure, which means I need to imagine what a product made in the alternative history of 1985 would look like.

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  • The Prototype Keyboard

    Benchoff03/02/2019 at 20:05 0 comments

    I'm buying a thousand silicone keyboards, months before I have finalized hardware. I need a way to test the samples of these keyboards, and the easiest way is to turn them into a USB keyboard.

    The TL;DR is that everything is on the Gits

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  • On the subject of keyboards

    Benchoff02/10/2019 at 18:51 3 comments

    The dumb badge requires a keyboard, and I'm doing this with a silicone keyboard like you'd find in a remote control or a ZX Spectrum. That's the easiest and cheapest way to put 100 buttons on something. But what is the layout going to look like? It's time for a review of existing terminal keyboards, how I made my keyboard, and a neat testing apparatus.

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Daren Schwenke wrote 02/11/2019 at 04:12 point

Building tools for tools, for tools.  Right up my alley.

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