Hardware Excuse Generator

Circuit not working and don’t know why? Save yourself the work of making up a plausible explanation! Just enter your text into the following form, adding in REASON every time you need an excuse. Or use one of the examples below!
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Printable SSL Posters

I’ve uploaded a printable set of SSL posters. Having learned from past poster experience, the posters are clearer and in a larger array of sizes. Feel free to print these and use them anywhere!
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Tamagotchi Friends Growth Chart

I reversed the ‘evolve’ function in the Tamagotchi Friends to make the first ‘growth chart’ for this Tamagotchi version. Growth on the Tamagotchi Friends is determined by how well the Tamagotchi is cared for, its personality, which is set by specific user behaviours and randomness.

Yikes.

Yikes.

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Tamagotchi Friends Code Dump

I used voltage glitching to dump the code of the Tamagotchi Friends.

Yumemetchi, Spaceytchi Julietchi and Hoshigirltchi are very excited with this development!

Yumemetchi, Spaceytchi Julietchi and Hoshigirltchi are very excited with this development!

Recently, I experimented with the EEPROM of the Tamagotchi Friends. I didn’t manage to get code execution, but it was evident that segments of the EEPROM were copied into RAM, which could be used as a shell code buffer if need be. James Slater suggested using glitching to jump into this buffer, similar to how a Gameboy ROM was dumped.

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Tamagotchi Friends EEPROM

I dumped the EEPROM of the Tamagotchi Friends and altered it to see if it could be used achieve code execution on the device. The Tamagotchi Friends’ processing of EEPROM data is much more robust than the processing on the TamaTown Tama-Go, and did not contain any obvious vulnerabilities.

This makes Terupatchi very sad

This makes Terupatchi very sad

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Emulating the Tamagotchi Friends NFC

I used a Proxmark 3 to emulate the Tamagotchi Friends’ NFC. This confirms it is indeed low-frequency RFID, and shed some light on the NFC format.

The black thing in the background is the Proxmark antenna

The black thing in the background is the Proxmark antenna

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Tamagotchi Friends Modulation

I tried decoding the Tamagotchi Friends NFC with a Proxmark 3, but had limited success, so I went back to looking at it with an oscilloscope. I was able to figure out the modulation scheme.

NFC Sampling

NFC Sampling

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Playing with the Tamagotchi Friends RFID

I recently got a Proxmark 3, and used it to read the NFC of the Tamagotchi Friends. This allowed me to get some data on the protocol.

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Printable True Bugs Wait Posters

I’ve uploaded printable #truebugswait posters. You can download the full set 8 1/2 x 11 (A4) here (PDF here), and 11×17 (A3) here (PDF here). Everyone is free to print and use these.

The posters have also been updated to contain a QR code which links to a page on why to avoid each function.

Posters:

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Tamagotchi Friends Teardown

There’s a new Tamagotchi in town, so of course I had to get one (or two or three) and take it apart. The Tamagotchi Friends is the latest Tamagotchi version, which was released two days ago (December 16, 2013). It has similar functionality to previous Tamagotchis, but it also has NFC! The NFC functionality can be used to make Tamagotchis visit and give gifts, and can also be used to “SMS” other Tamagotchis. The Tamagotchi Friends does not have IR or use figures like previous Tamagotchis.

Introducing the latest Tamagotchi!

Introducing the latest Tamagotchi!

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