You're a Winner
Welcome and thanks for checking us out. We're here with another indie badge for DEF CON this year. You may remember @CromulonB from our Cromulon heads or various SAO holders from years past. We are not associated with DEF CON and this badge won't actually get you into the con but will get you more geek cred once you are on site. We've been a little more industrious over the winter this year and we would humbly like to present the MULTI PASS badge for your consideration and approval.
The theme of this years badge is based on one of my favorite movies, The Fifth Element. Of course there is a little DEF CON flare thrown in there but we tried to stay faithful to the original prop. At least as far as we could in PCB form. For instance we were able to read the part number for the LED indicator on the original prop. That component is still in production and you can see we included that on the final badge. The image above is one of the early hand built prototypes so there are a few changes in the final version. Mainly going with a gold process and an added SAO location. The name displayed on the MULTI PASS screen is an option you can change on the badge.
When we set out to make this badge one of our main goals was to make a badge that would be useful even after the con. The way we are attempting to make this happen is by making our badge easy to develop for and by being compatible with an existing platform. The badge.team platform supports apps written in python. Python generally has a lower learning curve then most embedded languages. The platform also has a repository with apps written and submitted by others. There is a ton of documentation and example code so getting started is easy. There is even an emulator so you can write apps before you even get the badge. Apps can be installed over USB or downloaded with an included installer while on WiFi. Below is a quick navigation demo.
Specs and Features
- Capacitive touch controls
- Low power e-paper display with partial update and Zero power screen persistence
- Embedded micropython implementation supporting python apps
- Wireless connectivity for OTA software/app updates, browse repo, or communication
- Open platform with app repository and several years of app development
- Light weight LiPO battery lasting over 24 hours, rechargeable over USB
- Separate power control for badge and bling
- 2 x SAO V1.69BIS headers (I'm a fan of shitty addons)
- GPIO Headers for use in custom applications
- 13 animated LEDs
- All schematics and code will be released after DEF CON
- 16MB ESP32 WROOM module (dual core 240 MHz, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth)
- 2.9" e-paper display (296x128)
- MPR121 I2C Capacitive touch + GPIO controller
- CP2102 USB UART
- TP4056 Battery charger
- Up/Down/Left/Right/Select/Start/A/B capacitive touch buttons for input
- 1000mAh battery
- micro SD card reader
- atmega48 (to make things blink)
- micro USB
- 12 pin GPIO Header
Tiers and Stretch Goals
The Water, Fire, and Fifth tiers will include an SAO in the form of Korben Dallas's taxi from the movie. This SAO is of course compatible with any other badge with an SAO header.
If we told you any details it wouldn't be a secret. Just know it's on theme and it'll be cool. Half the fun is the other #BadgeLife nerds trying to spot one in the wild.
$12,000 - Generic lanyard becomes a customized lanyard and DC souvenir.
Sell Out - For our sanity and safety of our production timelines we aren't going to make a huge amount of badges. If we sell all the badges listed here (Fifth Element Tier not included) a special gift will be included with all the badges. This is in the works and we will give more details if the goal is reached.
Will this badge get me into DEF CON?
Nope. We are not associated with DEF CON in any official way.
Can I buy a badge and pick it up at DEF CON?
Not this time around. Kickstarter has limitations on selecting shipping and with the limited number of badges keeping everything separate would be a pain. Not to mention airport security is already hard enough for me without 100 LiPo batteries.
Will these be available in Vegas?
We hope to have a limited number on site to be bought, earned, found, etc. Of course the campaign has be successful for that to happen.
Risks and challenges
We've made several prototypes, including a production prototype from the fab. The badge is in hand and working well. No further hardware changes are needed. There are a few apps we are still tweaking but I could hand you the working badge today. The rest of the software work is just more ideas and fun stuff to play with at DEF CON. We are using an american fabricator and the few odd components they didn't have in house were pre-purchased and are already in our inventory at the fab.
That is not to say there is no risk at all. Two components we will need to purchase separately from the fab are the screens and batteries. We have suppliers lined up but you never know. Maybe a plane crashes or something. This badge has more features than our previous one but we are not completely new at this. We have done everything in our power to make sure that the production process will go smoothly. We are not offering a warranty on the badges but all the hardware and software is open source. If you break your badge you can always make another one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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