Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: January 2004
Pages: 352

Put a hacker in a room with a Furby for a weekend and you'll hear a conversation that's fairly one-sided in its originality. Toss in an 802.11b network card, a soldering iron, wire cutters, a logic probe, and a few other carefully selected tools and materials and you'll have potential. Add a copy of Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks and by the end of the weekend that Furby will be saying things you never imagined.From building an Internet toaster to creating a cubicle intrusion detection system, Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks offers an array of inventive, customized electronics projects for the geek who can't help looking at a gadget and wondering how it might be "upgraded." Beginning with basic hacks, tools, and techniques for those who may not have a background in electronics, the book covers the tools of the hardware hacking trade and basic soldering techniques, then moves into more advanced hacking projects. Clear step-by-step instructions allow even those with no formal electronics- or hardware-engineering skills to hack real hardware in very clever ways.Hacks in the book are rated on a scale of difficulty, cost, and duration. Projects range from those that are truly useful to some things you may have never thought to do, but which are really cool, such as:

  • Building your own arcade game
  • Making radio-controlled cars play laser tag
  • Building an automobile periscope
  • Hacking an 802.11b antenna
  • Building a building size display
Perhaps you're an electronics hobbyist who likes to learn by doing. Maybe you hack software and want to see how the other half lives. Or, maybe you've never hacked at all, but you'd like to get started quickly with some projects that do something interesting from the start. If you're any of these, then Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks will indulge your inner mad scientist. Using the projects in this book as a jumping point for other new and clever hacks, it won't be long before you're looking around, asking, "I wonder what I can improve next?"
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4.0

Like a kid again.

By Luke Dubber

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I have tinkered with electronics ever since I was a kid. And this book brings me back to those days. The hacks in this have varying skill levels, which lets your knowledge, grow with the book.

Overall the book has a lot of great hacks. If you are a fish person or know some one who is you now have a use for that old monitor or Mac you have had laying around just turn it into a fish tank. I really enjoyed reading number 8 "How to Hack a Building-size Display", I don't think I will be don't that any time soon but it was an awesome read. One of the best ones I think is number 5 "How to Hack a Furby (and Other Talking Toys)"; the sky is the limit on that one.

They did a great job of adding pictures threw out and reference material at every end of a project. They have a nice "Bill of Materials" so you know what to buy and Schematics when needed.

I really enjoyed this book it has a lot of information and is easy to follow, I would highly recommend it if you are interested in electronics.

 
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Good book!

By Stuggi

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I must say that I haven't enjoyed a book before as much as I enjoyed thisone. The remote tracking unit hack was probably the most usefull as a trackingsond for cars can cost up to 1500 ...

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Very good, but are the budgets right?

By Anonymous

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I love this book. It's given me some great ideas to take these types of things even further.

One thing that confuses me, though, is the budget for the Internet-Enabled Coffee Maker. The budget is listed at $50-$100, but the SitePlayer hardware you need for it sells for $99.95 by itself. Maybe the price has gone up since they want to press, but is there something I'm missing?

Otherwise, great book.

 
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Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks

By mindmerge

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I very much enjoyed this book. I have to admit that I did not read the book cover to cover and only read about projects I could actually complete.

Overall this book is great, even if you have no background in working with electronics and circuitry you will 'learn' enough to complete the projects.

Aside from irritating my wife by accumulating the extended family's extra electronics from their garages I feel this book had been beneficial to me and a valuable addition to my library.

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By Jerry

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I have repaired large radar and radio systems for years. My passion started before the microprocessor, when the "old timers" explained the transistor was a passing fad. This book is great for both the novice and those with years of hardware work. It is an excellent book for those wanting to dig into hardware, and a fun way to learn.

 
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By Leif Asprer

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Very informative. The hacks about making your own laptop battery extender and Primestar dish wi-fi antenna were most helpful. Please make more of these kinds of books in the future. (How about hacking videogame consoles?)

 
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By Jeff Richtman

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This book is great. Especially the section that tells you how to build your own lojack...fun fun fun.

This book also shows a lot of cool stuff i've always wanted to do but just didnt know how.

ITS A GOTTA HAVE!!!.

 
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Haven't read it, it looks great though.

Did you really spell "aquarium" incorrectly on the cover?

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