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A hackable IoT conference badge, featuring a full color screen, blinky lights, games, puzzles, and easter eggs.
A hackable IoT conference badge, featuring a full color screen, blinky lights, games, puzzles, and easter eggs.
A hackable IoT conference badge, featuring a full color screen, blinky lights, games, puzzles, and easter eggs.
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The Story...

Well howdy Neckbeards?! How y'all doing? Word is you hee haws are Interested in backing the AND!XOR DC 26 Project? As you can see, we went all the way down to Houston TEXAS, to watch our prototypes coming off the fabrication line at Macrofab. That’s QA you can taste! Our project isn't a bunch of hopes and dreams Duke Nukem vaporware, it exists! We just need funding to make some.

PCB Design Render (This is the final color of the badge)
PCB Design Render (This is the final color of the badge)

So who or what is AND!XOR? We make stuff. We drink beer. In no particular order. This includes Zapp, Hyr0n, Lacostaef, Exc3ls1or, and Bitstr3m. Were a hacker group that focuses on hardware, security research, and lulz. Most of all, we love blinky conference badges...and booze...but mostly making badges while enjoying booze.

If you don't know what we mean by conference badges....Most security conferences come with some kind of electronic printed circuit board badge that you wear with a lanyard. Way better than the stupid "Hello My Name Is" sticker. It usually has blinking LEDs, games, cryptography puzzles, something that our hacker crowd loves. And the epicenter of these events is at Las Vegas every year: DEF CON (correctly spelled with a space between DEF and CON...).

Badge Pr0n
Badge Pr0n

DC has their own official electronic badge, a tradition started by Joe Grand, currently crafted by LosT, and every year #badgelife hacker groups like us have an unofficial match to show off their hardware hacking skills and roll their own unofficial indie badges.

We did this for DC24 and DC25. Started a hackaday page (those are prior years, don't confuse with this year's DC26 Project). Got some followers. Made many of these badges to sell off and drink booze with all of you...lots of booze. And then we had hundreds of people show up and we sold out of them. We were overwhelmed by your response and couldn't feel more humble about the experience. So we made more, did a smaller KS last year and brought the rest to Vegas. Unfortunately, we spent most of DC25 running around doing guerrilla trench coat sales. So for this years, a happy balance. More KickStarter reward quantity is available if you help us get to Vegas. 

Check out our previous work, here's a nice review by Mike Szczys (Editor in Chief of Hackaday). Also we were interviewed by BBC Click last year during DC25.

This year is a new badge design, new chipset, new art, bigger screen, and more lulz than you can possibly imagine.

So this years badge? As you can see our theme is a very special robot..in a world...a western kinda world...the Wild West of IoT that is!  

And there’s Bling, blinky LEDs and animations at a kick ass frame rate that lights up a 10 gallon hat of b00z3.  

Red Proto Badge (Screen Not Soldered Yet, Final is NOT red)
Red Proto Badge (Screen Not Soldered Yet, Final is NOT red)

We’re including single player games too incase you’re the antisocial type. Now you lamerz can game it up instead of washing yer bits and pieces like you should be doing at night!

Were also going to double down on a reboot of our BOTNET multiplayer game based on that there blue teeth protocol. That's right, these little buggers have badge malware installed that lets AND!XOR command and control all the haxor lulz from our master badges while y'all play capture the flag with one another. Not even DC801 can take it away from us unless they're fixin to dive into a 12 piece bucket of trouble. 

And then there’s hacker puzzles. We decided to create an ARG, wrapping the challenges of hacking the badge with the style of a text based adventure game that interacts directly with the hardware. Now you have even more reasons to hide your 400lb butt in yer mama’s basement while you hack all the thingz.

So please, support us, and you’ll be rewarded with one of our indie electronic conference badges! Help our team get to DEF CON, before that sh*t’s cancelled...

BADGE FUNCTIONS 

  • Bling Modes (LED Blinks + Screen Displayed Animations)
  • Multiplayer Badge to Badge Game
  • Mo@r Single Player Games
  • Integrated Hacking Puzzle Challenge
  • Interface for the #badgelife shitty add-on
  • SECRET - EASTER EGG # 0 
  • SECRET - EASTER EGG # 1 
  • SECRET - EASTER EGG # 2 

Bling Modes (LED Blinks + Screen Displayed Animations)

Bling = (Screen Animation) + (LED Blink Pattern). Last year we had plenty of pre-canned animations and LED blink patterns to your hearts delight. You can expect the same scale on this badge, alongside the ability to Bring Your Own Bling (BYOB). That means ahead of time, we will release scripts so you can prepare your own bling and customize the badge to be truly yours.

Proto Screen (final screen will have white border)
Proto Screen (final screen will have white border)

Multiplayer Badge to Badge Game

If you haven't heard of our BOTNET game, read the Hackaday Link. Essentially, we made the DC 25 badges part of an IoT Botnet...lulz... and our five AND!XOR Gold master badges ran the command and control. Its a game, it functions like a real botnet, only doesn't do any real damage (except for rick rolling people's badges, changing names, and other fun things). We got feedback from our backers last year, we are improving the game, removing what didn't work well, and its coming back for a round 2.0. We basically threw away the old code since its open source now and that would give people the upper hand at hacking it. So this is a complete reboot based on our initial concept and written from the ground up! Keep in mind, since this is based on Bluetooth, you need to be in proximity of other folks with our badge for multiplayer...another reason to visit DC this year.

Single Player Games

What's better than standing around pickin' yer butt to kill time during #LineCON? Playing games. We've already written Pong and our own version of a game where you Ski freely down a mountain to avoid obstacles...its like Ski Free, but not Ski Free... because we will have a different take on art as well as controlling the downhill ride with the accelerometer by tilting the badge left to right! We are also attempting to port our embedded CHIP8 Emulator Project to the badge (#of games TBD given the performance, it could be anywhere from 1...64 additional CHIP8 based games).

Western Ski Free
Western Ski Free
CHIP8 Sequence Shoot
CHIP8 Sequence Shoot

Integrated Hacking Puzzle Challenge  

We are stepping up the puzzle challenge this year. More details will be given to the backers (but not without spoiling the challenges obviously). All we are willing to say is this... they wont be easy, but they wont be extremely difficult...kinda like medium well (im hungry while writing this). It will require your l337 hax0r kung fu be well rounded across the village spectrum. The puzzles will be presented in the style of a text based adventure game (similar to Colossal Cave), but it will fully control and integrate with the badge hardware & peripherals. Activation will prevent the backers from beating this challenge weeks ahead of time until we tweet the code the week of DC. However if you can hack our activation system and launch the puzzle challenge early, in addition to completing it... that's fair game in our book. Note: Ben Heck already reminded us that the commands of "walk NORTH / SOUTH / EAST / WEST" should also be mapped to "N S E W," don't worry, they will be. 

Text Based Adventure Puzzle Lulz
Text Based Adventure Puzzle Lulz

Interface for the #badgelife shitty addon

Per the wisdom of Hackaday's most respected shit poster Brian Benchoff  "The #badgelife of Defcon 26 will feature badges with badges! Remember the Brain Slug on the Bender Badge from last year? Yeah, like that, only we figured out the most minimal and shittiest implementation so *all* badges can have shitty add-ons."

This means many open source add on boards can be used interchangibly among the various indie badges being created for DC26. As a collective of badgers, we got together, carefully planned about interface type and addressing...and in 3 minutes this was created.

SEKRET - EASTER EGG # 0..2

Just like last year, we are keeping a few things secret for now. It's part of #badgelife, keeping some surprises for the very end. What that means for a Kickstarter reward, is that you can expect "at the very least" a hackable electronic badge with bling, puzzles, single player, and multiplayer games. We don't want to over promise and under deliver, so right now we are crafting some bleeding edge lulz which we think will be great for the 'con but we have to keep it on the DL for now. Want a hint?

Hint #0
Hint #0

Better Art

So we may drink all the b00z3 and hack all the thingz, but one department where we are seriously lacking, is art. Let us take a minute to be transparent and beat our selves up. Last year, we worked for weeks to create our PCB silk screen design. This year, after a couple weeks of hard work, this is an example of what we came up with:

Worst Art Ever
Worst Art Ever

You kind of fall into this trap of doing hard work and thinking it looks good. Until you come to terms with the fact that in no way are we graphic design artists. So we reached out and asked our hacker friend Doc for some help. Within milliseconds of a clock cycle (mild exaggeration), Doc threw a proof our way

Best Art Ever
Best Art Ever

I know, you're probably thinking the same thing we were. Its a really REALLY tough decision to make because they are both so close in quality. Needless to say, Doc's design was chosen and we are stoked to be working with him.

Misc Details 

(Q) What is the "Special Add On Board" for the "f1l7hy 400lb h4ck3r ph1l4n7hr0p157 ?"

(A) It extends the awesomeness of the badge with more functionality. These add on boards are NOT required for the badge to work, it's bonus lulz and something we feel is a special thank you for pledging our project at that special tier. We have the interface already there, finalizing the design, but want to keep the special add on secret for a while. Badge++

(Q) Whats the final design going to look like?

(A) The image you see is a RED prototype (as most protos are). The final will be white on black like the "PCB Design Render" at the top of this page. In addition, the test points and extra buttons at the top of the hat will be removed (those are for developmental testing, quick restarts, and whatnot). The final badge will have 7 buttons (D-Pad and Three Action buttons)

(Q) July is pretty close to DC when will these ship?

(A) We are planning the week of 24 July, with USPS flat rate 2 day shipping. It should be in your hands two weeks prior to DC, which for those who attend BSides & Blackhat as well, means you will have it in time for both! This is why we are shipping to US Only, there's no way we can guarantee they would make it to you in time if it goes international. So if you are international, see the next question...

(Q) Will you still sell these in Vegas?

(A) Yes. The KS campaign helps us get the seed funding for manufacturing. We prefer that anyway because we like meeting everyone and crackin' a b33r.

(Q) What will they cost outside the KS campaign?

(A) We're unsure yet. That's dependent upon how much funding we raise through backers. They may be a bit cheaper in person. But you again run the risk of not being able to get one. Which is why we are asking you back us in an exchange for a reward instead. Also the extra cost is helping us get production off the ground to make these exist in the first place.

(Q) Where will updates be posted?

(A) On our Hackaday page, but we will post on KS linking to the updates. You should follow the project on Hackaday as well, check out the history of the project thus far.

(Q) Will you open source this?

(A) Of Course! Right after the con is over source code, gerbers, and supporting scripts will go up on GitHub.

(Q) Isn't it just called the Bender Badge?

(A) No. It's the AND!XOR Badge (pronounced AND-NOT-ex-OR). Unsure where that came from.

(Q) I think you're full of BS, why are you keeping some of the features a secret?

(A) Your mom's full of BS. Like we said, the badge-makers are all trying to cook up their own unique surprise for everyone. You don't want to show your hand this early (poor Vegas pun, we know). We will release them over the next few months as the con gets closer. 

Shout Outs & Thanks Thus Far

Hint?
Hint?

Risks and challenges

In general, you could bucket the challenges and risks into two categories for our project: Producing Electronics and Kickstarter.

1) Producing Electronics
-To be blun7 about it, this ain't our first rodeo. Despite being successful at our endeavor last couple years, there were MANY lessons learned that we incorporated into this years badge design. The more components, the more risk of failure. Design for manufacturing and reliability is key. So no need for late night soldering sessions (again) in the Vegas hotel room.

-We started earlier. Like 1 week after DEF CON 25 earlier. That amount of time has allowed us to work out the bugs and get the hardware to a point where the design is nearly completed pending minor tweaks. But we've had a functioning hardware prototype since October 2017.

-To avoid international shipping delays and the poor manufacturer back and forth you normally get with..."overseas PCB companies" we went domestic with a great company called Macrofab. We can upload our KiCad design right into their computer system, pick in house parts, and even send them parts to hold on consignment for pick and place. Our badges will be built domestically in Texas! So no need to track the boat and hope the shipping container doesn't fall into the deep blue or get held up in customs.

2) Kickstarter
-A lot of people (including ourselves) have backed campaigns on KS and gotten burned. So let us publicly shame these folks. Its due to their poor planning 99% of the time. If you noticed, all of our badge quantities are limited. By limiting the quantity, we can guarantee being able to produce, flash, inspect the badges, and not end up with one of those "OH SHIT I RAISED $3M" moments where your reward shows up 2 years later.

For proof,check out our KS campaign from last year: (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hyr0n/andxor-defcon-25-indie-badge). We met our backer commitment with 100% working badges, weeks ahead of the conference.

Tieing all of this together, comes with a bit of boring, yet relevant background about us @ANDNXOR. We have day jobs. We work as engineers and scientists, with backgrounds in EE, ComSci, IT, Security, Mathematics, and Systems Engineering. We work and manage technical projects, surrounded with risks and challenges every day. Managing risk, tracking cost, and schedules all to hit a goal is in our blood. We have boring as hell spreadsheets and gantt charts we've thrown together to make sure we can get this project done in time for DC26 ensuring all of our dependencies are known up front and planned for. Planning is key. Despite it being boring, we bring it up as an important detail: we're not a bunch of n00bs begging for money without the slightest clue as to what we're doing. We love this stuff, just like we love booze and hacking. However there's just a single variable left we cant control, the funding. Which is why we are asking for your help. Trust us and you wont be disappointed.

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    Good news everyone! You will be rewarded your own personal doomsday device in the form of a conference badge! We couldn't be more excited and thankful that you've brought us one step closer to making this a reality for DC26. Crack a b334 and celebrate you!

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    You are such a giving l337 human! For uber backing our project you will receive a special add on board for your badge. We are only making these for you 10 and ourselves, no one else!

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