Tindie Weblog | Badge Me if You Can – DEF CON 30

DEF CON 30 has come and gone this yr, and wow — there have been some extremely gifted and passionate of us there. Being each an essential anniversary for the occasion and the primary full-scale gathering because the starting of the pandemic, folks introduced a whole lot of spectacular tasks and abilities to Las Vegas. 

This was my first time at DEF CON, and between the talks, the villages, the distributors, and the folks: to say there’s something for everybody is an understatement. However one factor that made it simple to seek out my fellow {hardware} peeps was in search of enjoyable and distinctive badges that folks wore alongside their official DC30 one. One look across the room is all it took for me to seek out anybody with a litany of LEDs round their neck. Beneath are only a few of my favourite badges from this yr’s #badgelife at DEF CON 30.

The Official DEF CON 30 Badge

At the beginning, I wish to gush over the official badge. With the availability chain points plaguing many electronics producers, the dynamic duo at @theMKFactor pulled a pleasant rabbit out of the hat with this badge. That includes a capacitive contact keyboard, speaker, microphone, and a few unimaginable PCB art work, the convention halls had been full of music all weekend. The badge’s puzzle instantly captured my consideration, and my time was break up between determining learn how to play songs and name pals with this little keyboard. 

The badge has an RP2040 chip at its coronary heart, and a curved PCB insert because the face that holds the pressure-connected speaker in place. I’ve by no means seen a PCB-based face carried out this manner and I assumed it was tremendous inventive. These badges had been enjoyable and kooky and felt just like the hacker’s equal of handing out recorders to a classroom of fifth graders (for higher or for worse!).

The Unofficial Badges

One badge that I had my eye out for was TwinkleTwinkie’s Clock badge. That includes everybody’s favourite maybe-bear-maybe-cat creature, it tells you the time and, having skilled it firsthand, I can confirm- is very fuzzy. 

Their Tindie retailer is presently on a break (understandably!) however preserve an eye fixed out for after they return on August twenty second to see if they’ve any Clock badges nonetheless on the market!

An sudden however actually standard badge coveted by all was the Tron-inspired badge made by the parents at Ironwood Cyber

Solely supplied by acts of goodwill and random drops introduced on Twitter, this badge had folks sprinting throughout the convention to get their arms on one. The naked copper plating was touch-sensitive, inflicting one of many many various working modes to activate each time it was in your arms. The LED diffusion on the perimeters was tastefully carried out with a translucent 3D printed insert used to offer the badge its dimension.

This badge caught my eye each single time somebody walked by with it on. Made by Hexum064, it’s the most recent iteration in a mission sequence he calls the “Huge [Censored] Badge”. This yr’s Daft Punk-inspired board concerned three stacks of PCBs, two 3W audio system to pump out these digital beats, and over 500 addressable LEDs. There’s a mission log at Hackaday when you’re in search of extra particulars. With an understandably restricted run of those badges, they went quick and had been a head-turner all weekend lengthy.

Easy Add-Ons (SAOs)

A few superbly silk-screened SAOs come from Nerfhammer. Most of their badges have a enjoyable interactivity element to them, like Skully, pictured beneath, with an accelerometer that tells the LEDs to flicker out like a candle. One other SAO contains a faucet sensor to manage an LED to imitate the beating of a coronary heart. They’ve some obtainable on their Tindie retailer, together with various the preferred ones that they had this yr at DEF CON.

The Suave Joker SAO caught my eye, with simply how clear and timeless its design is. It jogs my memory of a mix of graffiti and old-timey comedian guide art work; and with the purple eyes and the blue teardrop animation on the face, it was a good looking praise to the white-and-black art work of the official badges. 

This one was made by the workforce at Deepnet.retailer, who informed me they’d be organising a Tindie retailer very quickly. For those who want this on your subsequent badge, preserve an eye fixed out for that launch!

This SAO nearly slipped proper previous me till a form soul within the {Hardware} Hacking Village supplied me a demo. 

Sure. That may be a fully-functional port of Doom. On an SAO. It may truly be performed utilizing the push buttons on the official DEF CON 30 badge, or you may have it working in demo mode. Bizarre Doom ports had been fairly standard this yr (as they need to be!) with one speak about jailbreaking John Deere tractors that includes a Doom port working on the display.

{Hardware} Hacking Village

For those who’ve by no means been to a DEF CON earlier than, one of the vital standard parts is the presence of the villages. My private favourite is the {Hardware} Hacking Village, which was full of soldering irons, pet tasks, a Rube Goldberg machine, and different lovers-of-hardware. This yr they supplied not solely a house for all of the {hardware} followers but additionally helped many conference-goers ruggedize or restore their official badges after some grounding issues popped up throughout their put on. 

A whole lot of these badges and SAOs can be found on Tindie when you couldn’t make it out to Nevada this yr or simply didn’t handle to seek out the vendor within the enormous crowd of hackers this yr. Make sure you go searching Tindie and see what you may nonetheless rating, even when Hacker Summer season Camp is over this yr. 

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