New Context is sponsoring Team Ides independent badge for Defcon 27 in Las Vegas, NV.

The badge has a number of cool features including:

  • Wireless (BlueTooth and Thread)
  • Stereo sound
  • Touch screen display,
  • MicroSD card,
  • 32 multi-color LEDs
  • Buttons for control
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • Expansion ports for third-party modules.

The hackable electronic badge comes with a number of functions such as playing videos and audio files, image viewer, wireless badge-to-badge battle game, LED control, scrolling message board, wireless chat and more!

A hackable electronic badge loaded with RGB LEDs, stereo audio, LiPo battery, multiplayer radio-based sea battle game, and more!

DEF CON Badge Puzzles

In addition to sponsoring the project, the New Context team created a number of challenging puzzles on the badge for you to solve. Just getting access to the challenges is a puzzle in itself.

As with all hardware projects, it’s always interesting to work on a dev board long before you get actual hardware. Getting the parts connection, getting the tool chain built, configured and running had the usual hick-ups, but once things were running, coding went smoothly. When coding one of the puzzles, we ran into an issue where the badge would start misbehaving in random and weird ways. The Ides Team quickly identified it as a stack overflow, and fixed the issue and we were back to writing code.

Let us know how you like the badge. How long did it take you to unlock the challenges? How many of you got stuck at TSA with this badge in your carry on?

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About the Author: John-Mark Gurney
John-Mark Gurney is Principal Security Architect at New Context.  He is a contributor to the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) committee and primary author of STIX 2.0 Part 5: STIX Patterning standard. Before New Context, he worked at Cryptography Research Inc. (CRI), and nCircle (now TripWire).  He is a FreeBSD committer and has been for the past 20 years.

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