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An Open Source Enigma Replica for all.

About this project

ERRATA: In the video, we mention that the Open Enigma is "exactly the same dimensions" as a German Enigma. What we meant to say is "of similar proportions". We are sorry for the confusion and for any inconvenience.

NEWS FLASH: Kickstarter Project of the day on March 6th.

ATTENTION: We are now fully funded as of March 10th! All pledges will be delivered after the campaign ends as planned. So now, on to our STRETCH GOAL of $50,000 (more on that below) and let's keep the momentum going.

This rapid success would not have been possible without the help of:

cyberarms.wordpress.com infosecnews.org www.theopenforce.com www.hackedgadgets.com www.boingboing.net www.geekerskeep.com www.geeky-gadgets.com www.tomshw.it www.heise.de www.open-electronics.org www.hackaday.com http://techcrunch.com

Now, when we hit our $50,000 Stretch Goal, this will give us the opportunity to focus on and deliver some Enigma Software enhancements (M3 emulation, Telex behavior, Cloud connectivity) and a new hardware version that uses the physical Plugboard. How about a quarter scale unit? Please let us know what you would like to see. We will send a survey at the end of the campaign asking for your vote.

Thank You for your support.

Visit us at the upcoming Charlotte International Cryptologic Symposium in Charlotte, NC on March 21st. http://www.cryptosymposium.com/

Imagine having this iconic device on your desk: You can use it to simply display a scrolling marquee of any text message on its unique LED screen or encrypt/decrypt any information you wish using (still today) a very secure key. This is an ideal device to teach or learn about encryption, history & math. Because of its open software & the community of developers, the possibilities are endless & your reward is bound to increase in value over time as new applications (like e-mail encryption, secure router, etc) are written.

The original (pre-war) Enigma code was initially broken in Poland and subsequently by a team of Bletchley Park cryptologists under the leadership of U.K.'s own Alan Turing who is one of the fathers of computer science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing Bletchley Park's ability to break the Enigma code is believed to have shortened World War II by about 2 years. Enigma machines are an extremely rare and important part of computing history.  A real Enigma machine sold for $200,000 in 2011. http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/29/world/europe/uk-enigma-machine-auction/

Transforming a prototype into a production unit takes a lot of effort, time & MONEY. This is where you come in! Whether you are brand new to the world of Encryption or a seasoned Cryptologist, whether you know every detail of the German Enigma's story or it's news to you, YOU can help us write it's future.

Not only will your pledge let you enjoy this phenomenal product, but it will also help us continue to develop it's feature set.

Breadboarding the 16Segment display
Breadboarding the 16Segment display

Resulting from a friend's project suggestion, we ended up creating our Enigma Replica as a fun project & what we hoped would be the ultimate end to a complex multi-stage Geocache challenge event we had already planned and were very busy preparing. Turns out the event was a dud, but the Enigma replica Instructable that we had published a week earlier had an amazing success & following. We never expected 15,000 views in 2 days & within 1 week, we were featured around the world on all sorts of web sites in numerous languages: Articles/Reviews from Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Austria, Spain.

Articles from around the World!
Articles from around the World!

We received overwhelming feedback asking us to bring to market our Open Source Arduino based Enigma Replica.

Prototype on Breadboard
Prototype on Breadboard

The prototype we had built is fully functional and can decode any real/historic German messages that were transmitted during World War II, but takes a lot of labor to assemble.

Prototype test fit...
Prototype test fit...

The irony is that while this looks very much like a hardware product/project, it is actually much more the software where the magic happens and where most of the development effort resides. This is in total contrast of course to the original German Enigmas which were all electro-mechanical devices, lacking any type of software (or computer for that matter!).

By participating in this crowd funding effort, you are contributing to write the future of this obsolete iconic piece of equipment.

Completed Prototype
Completed Prototype
16Segment Display Schematic
16Segment Display Schematic
Lamp & Keyboard schematic
Lamp & Keyboard schematic
Actual hand-crafted Final design
Actual hand-crafted Final design

Excellent description of contents from a proud client:

Even in today's world of fast computers that can encrypt at exceptional levels like 68 bits, 128 bits, 256 bits, etc used for WEP, WPA, or even AES, the Enigma still offers decent & capable encryption capabilities: Any three of the 8 numbered rotors can be placed in any of the three positions on the shaft. There are therefore 8x7x6 = 336 possible sequences of 3 rotors. There are 26 possible internal settings on each of the three rotors. This gives 26 to the third power = (17,576) possible settings. There are 26 possible external settings for each of the three rotors. This gives 26 to the third power = (17,576) possible settings.     There are anywhere from 0 to 10 plug wires which can be inserted into any of the 26 sockets.
This gives roughly 532,985,208,200,576 possible settings. Combining these possibilities give us a total of 26,672,901,348,424,004,787,290,112 or about 10 to the 26 power possible starting settings. It's not AES but...

Excellent operating instructions from one of our clients:

We are committed to produce ONLY 100 total units by Hand. These are sold first come first served, will ship with a numbered & signed Certificate of Authenticity & when we reach Serial Number 100, there will be no more. With your support, we will then produce the less expensive manufactured units through Factory for all (www.factoryforall.com).

With an Open community of Users, we intend to look into these possible Future developments:  (Possibly stretch goals?)

- USB interface to send/receive settings & messages,

- WiFi activation,

- Encryption of Router traffic,

- Portable version &/or 1/4 scale unit

- Game mode,

- etc.

We can't conclude without paying Homage to WWII vets everywhere.

Many developments born in war eventually meet civilian acceptance (like GPS). Enigma will now (with your support) have that same opportunity (albeit decades later).

Estimated Schedule:

April: Kickstarter Period ends

May: Delivery of Keychains & Enigma Velour carrying bags. Capture addresses, T-shirt sizes, Enigma customization desires

Design of SMT PCB, Find production facility, Order of Components for kits, Order of Coffee Table Books

June: Delivery of T-Shirts, Bare PCBs, Coffee Table Books

Testing of SMT PCB, revise until perfect

July: Delivery of D.I.Y. Kits

Production Assembly of Open Enigma V2, Integration tests

August: Delivery of Ultimate Edition, then Limited Edition, then Full Enigmas

Reward Levels:

$5 VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE: Pledge $5 and keep up-to-date on all things Open Enigma with exclusive updates, Open Enigma availability, etc. and have your name written on the Open Enigma Wall of Fame. http://www.openenigma.com

Estimated delivery: March - April 2014

$15 ENIGMA KEY: Pledge $15 and we will send you your very own Enigma Keychain.

Estimated delivery: May 2014

Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

Custom Keychain
Custom Keychain

$20 FELT AN ENIGMA?: For a pledge of $20, we will send you your very own Enigma Mark 4 Velour carrying bag, ready to receive your personal Enigma (when you get one) or a fine bottle of Whiskey. Color may vary from picture below.

Estimated delivery: May 2014

Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

Velours Bag - Color may vary
Velours Bag - Color may vary

$25 OPEN MY ENIGMA T-SHIRT: For a pledge of $25, we will send you our unique "Open my Enigma" T-Shirt. You will get an opportunity to tell us your size(s) when you give us your address after the close of the Kickstarter campaign.

Estimated delivery: Jun 2014

Add $10 USD to ship outside the US

Open Enigma T-Shirt
Open Enigma T-Shirt

$40 ENIGMA MOTHER & DAUGHTER: For a pledge of $40, we will send you BOTH the bare Enigma Motherboard (the one that receives all the LEDS & buttons and connects to the Enigma Daughter card) and the bare Enigma Daughter card (the one that interfaces between the Enigma Motherboard and the Arduino Mega). You also get the 2 Bill of Materials (BOMs) so you can populate them yourself.

Estimated delivery: Jun 2014

Add $15 USD to ship outside the US

Open Enigma Mother board & Daughter card
Open Enigma Mother board & Daughter card

$50 OPEN THE ENIGMA COFFEE TABLE BOOK: For a pledge of $50, you will receive our unique Coffee Table Book (loaded with color pictures) chronicling our own involvement/journey re-inventing this iconic & historic device using an Open Source Arduino.

Estimated delivery: Jun 2014

Add $10 USD to ship outside the US

Open Enigma Photo Book
Open Enigma Photo Book

$125 BAREBONES DIY KIT: For a pledge of $125, you get the absolute minimum components to build your own Open Enigma. This includes both boards, all LEDs, pushbuttons/caps, pins, resistors, on/off switch, and mosfets.

It does NOT include an Arduino Mega, batteries, battery holder, battery connector, charger, laser cut/engraved top plate or alpha labels. You supply your own 9 Volt battery & connector.

Estimated delivery: Jul 2014

Add $50 USD to ship outside the US

$250 ELECTRONICS DIY KIT: For a pledge of $250, we will send you both PCBs, and all the electronics components (including an Arduino Mega compatible board) to make your own Open Enigma. No plugboard in this kit. You supply your own wood box/enclosure!

Estimated delivery: Jul 2014

Add $50 USD to ship outside the US

Open Enigma Kit, no Plugboard
Open Enigma Kit, no Plugboard

$350 DIY KIT WITH PLUGBOARD: NEW REWARD!

For a pledge of $350, you can have a kit that also includes the front plate, 26 female jacks, 20 (enough for 10 plugs) male connectors and 6' of steampunk cloth covered wire.

Estimated delivery: Jul 2014

Add $50 USD to ship outside the US

$300 EARLY BIRDS: For a pledge of $300, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma electronics package.  No plugboard included in this reward. Open is the key word here as you need to supply your own box/enclosure.. This is a savings of $100 over the retail price of $400.

Estimated delivery: Jul 2014

Add $50 USD to ship outside the US LIMITED TO 50 UNITS

$400 EARLY PLUGGED BIRDS: For a pledge of $400, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma. The full plugboard functionality is implemented in both hardware and software. Open is the key word here as you need to supply your own box/enclosure..

Estimated delivery: Jul 2014

Add $70 USD to ship outside the US LIMITED TO 15 UNITS

Assembled Open Enigma electronics, no plugboard
Assembled Open Enigma electronics, no plugboard

$350 DECRYPT AWAY: For a pledge of $350,  you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma electronics package. No plugboard included in this reward. Open is the key word here as you need to supply your own box/enclosure.. This is a savings of $50 over the retail price of $400.

Estimated delivery: Jul 2014

Add $50 USD to ship outside the US

$450 FULL ENIGMA: For a pledge of $450, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma mounted inside an acrylic box. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel.

Estimated delivery: Jul 2014

Add $100 USD to ship outside the US

Assembled Open Enigma electronics, with plugboard
Assembled Open Enigma electronics, with plugboard

$600 FULL ENIGMA: For a pledge of $600, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma mounted inside a wooden box. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel. This will be the manufactured version which is NOT to be confused with our hand crafted versions and may look a little bit different from the picture below.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2014

Add $100 USD to ship outside the US

$800 LIMITED EDITION: For a pledge of $800, you get your own hand crafted limited edition Open Enigma made of quality wood & trim. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel. You also get an Enigma Velour carrying bag to keep your prized treasure in. Comes with it's own numbered Certificate of Authenticity. No more than a total of 100 hand crafted units will ever be made. This is a savings of almost $200 over our regular price.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2014

Add $100 USD to ship outside the US LIMITED TO 20 UNITS

Limited Edition
Limited Edition

$900 ULTIMATE EDITION: For a pledge of $900, you get it all! The fanciest hand crafted Open Enigma built to the highest specifications.This is the ultimate version of the product. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel. Of course, it comes complete with your own personalized scrolling Marquee text every time you turn it on. You also get an Enigma Velour carrying bag (which can contain your own text) to keep your prized treasure in. Comes with it's own numbered Certificate of Authenticity. No more than a total of 100 hand crafted units will ever be made.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2014

Add $100 USD to ship outside the US LIMITED TO 50 UNITS

The Ultimate & Limited Editions will ship before the Full Enigmas.

$5000 FLY TO US: For a pledge of $5000, you get to fly to us in Georgia to come pick up your Ultimate Edition where it is created & spend a few hours & a great dinner with the creators. Date subject to mutual approval.

Estimated delivery: July 2014 Limited to 2 Units.

$5000 WE FLY TO YOU: For a pledge of $5000, at least one of us will fly to you to personally deliver your Ultimate Edition & spend a few hours & a great dinner with you. Date & Destination subject to mutual approval.

Estimated delivery: July 2014 Limited to 2 Units.

Risks and challenges

Being fully funded will allow the whole development team (James & Marc) to validate this project & motivate us to focus full time on developing/producing the Open Enigma. It will also create a community of backers that is bound to have some software developers that will help push this device further.

Large scale production always have risks. We have to re-design the PCBs to make use of as much Surface Mount Technology as possible (essential for large scale deployment).

Sourcing of components/tools/suppliers can always be a challenge as we migrate from "hole-through" components to SMT.

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FAQ

  • The ultimate edition is a limited edition with a lower serial number (produced first) offering customization choices like wood, color of LEDs, choice of text on both scrolling marquee and velours bag. If desired, we could even maybe consider to raise the 16segment displays so it looks like our Instructable prototype... But this would require a taller wooden box (not recommended as it will delay shipping)... Be creative... Upon successful completion of the campaign, we will send a survey asking for all customization wishes offering available options... Both limited & ultimate will be handcrafted by James and I so we can tailor the creative process to your specific needs (within reason) for the ultimate version...

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    Pledge $5 or more

    37 backers

    VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE: Pledge $5 and keep up-to-date on all things Open Enigma with exclusive updates, Open Enigma availability, etc and have your name written on the Open Enigma Wall of Fame.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    35 backers

    ENIGMA KEY: Pledge $15 and we will send you your very own Enigma Keychain.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    2 backers

    FELT AN ENIGMA?: For a pledge of $20, we will send you your very own Enigma Mark 4 Velour carrying bag, ready to receive your personal Enigma (when you get one) or a fine bottle of Whiskey.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    4 backers

    OPEN MY ENIGMA T-SHIRT: For a pledge of $25, we will send you our unique "Open my Enigma" T-Shirt. You will get an opportunity to tell us your size(s) when you give us your address after the close of the Kickstarter campaign.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    6 backers

    ENIGMA MOTHER & DAUGHTER: For a pledge of $40, we will send you BOTH the bare Enigma Motherboard (the one that receives all the LEDS & buttons and connects to the Enigma Daughter card) and the bare Enigma Daughter card (the one that interfaces between the Enigma Motherboard and the Arduino Mega). You also get the 2 BOMs so you can populate them yourself.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    4 backers

    OPEN THE ENIGMA COFFEE TABLE BOOK: For a pledge of $50, you will receive our unique Coffee Table Book (loaded with color pictures) chronicling our own involvement/journey re-inventing this iconic & historic device using an Open Source Arduino.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    6 backers

    WIRED ENIGMA MOTHER, DAUGHTER & SON: For a pledge of $60, we will send you all 3 PCBs: the bare Enigma Motherboard (the one that receives all the LEDS & buttons and connects to the Enigma Daughter card), the bare Enigma Daughter card (the one that interfaces between the Enigma Motherboard, the Arduino Mega & the Plugboard) and the new PCB that connects to each of the 26 plugs of the plugboard. You also get the 3 BOMs so you can populate them yourself.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $125 or more

    9 backers

    BAREBONES DIY KIT: For a pledge of $125, you get the absolute minimum components to build your own Open Enigma. This includes both boards, all LEDs, pushbuttons/caps, pins, resistors, on/off switch, and mosfets.

    It does NOT include an Arduino Mega, batteries, battery holder, battery connector, charger, laser cut/engraved top plate or alpha labels. You supply your own 9 Volt battery & connector.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    15 backers

    ELECTRONICS DIY KIT: For a pledge of $250, we will send you both PCBs, and all the electronics components (including an Arduino Mega clone) to make your own Open Enigma. The full plugboard functionality is implemented in software, so no plugboard is included in this kit. You supply your own box!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    4 backers Limited (46 left of 50)

    EARLY BIRDS: For a pledge of $300, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma. The full plugboard functionality is implemented in software, so no plugboard included in this reward. Open is the key word here as you need to supply your own box/enclosure.. This is a savings of $100 over the retail price of $400.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    0 backers

    DECRYPT AWAY: If you missed the early bird special... For a pledge of $350, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma. The full plugboard functionality is implemented in software, so no plugboard included in this reward. Open is the key word here as you need to supply your own box/enclosure.. This is a savings of $50 over the retail price of $400.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    13 backers

    DIY KIT WITH PLUGBOARD: NEW REWARD!

    For a pledge of $350, you can have an electronics kit that also includes the front plate, 26 female jacks, 20 (enough for 10 plugs) male connectors and 6' of steampunk cloth covered wire.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $400 or more

    8 backers Limited (7 left of 15)

    EARLY PLUGGED BIRDS: For a pledge of $400, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma. The full plugboard functionality is implemented in both hardware and software. Open is the key word here as you need to supply your own box/enclosure..

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $450 or more

    7 backers

    FULL ENIGMA: For a pledge of $450, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma mounted inside an acrylic box. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $600 or more

    3 backers

    FULLY BOXED ENIGMA: For a pledge of $600, you receive an assembled & tested fully functional Open Enigma mounted inside a wooden box. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel. This will be the manufactured version which is NOT to be confused with our hand crafted versions below and may look a little bit different from the picture above.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $800 or more

    8 backers Limited (12 left of 20)

    LIMITED EDITION: For a pledge of $800, you get your own hand crafted limited edition Open Enigma made of quality wood & trim. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel. You also get an Enigma Velour carrying bag to keep your prized treasure in. Comes with it's own numbered Certificate of Authenticity. No more than a total of 100 hand crafted units will ever be made. This is a savings of almost $200 over our regular price.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $900 or more

    35 backers Limited (15 left of 50)

    ULTIMATE EDITION: For a pledge of $900, you get it all! The fanciest hand crafted Open Enigma built to the highest specifications.This is the ultimate version of the product. Even though all plugboard functionality has been implemented in software, a plugboard with 10 jumpers is also included for a more accurate look & feel. Of course, it comes complete with your own personalized scrolling Marquee text every time you turn it on. You also get an Enigma Velour carrying bag (which can contain your own text) to keep your prized treasure in. Comes with it's own numbered Certificate of Authenticity. No more than a total of 100 hand crafted units will ever be made.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    FLY TO US: For a pledge of $5000, we fly you to us in Georgia to come pick up your Ultimate Edition where it is created & spend half a day & a great dinner with the creators. Includes 1 night at he hotel. Date subject to mutual approval.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    WE FLY TO YOU: For a pledge of $5000, at least one of us will fly to you to personally deliver your Ultimate Edition & spend a few hours & a great dinner with you. Date & Destination subject to mutual approval.

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