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Parallax Manufactures Electronic Badges for DEFCON 20

  • By: Published: 26 July, 2012 0 comments

The DEFCON 20 Badge was designed and manufactured for the largest continuously running hacker and computer security convention in the world This year's DEFCON is a four-day technical session held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, founded and run by Jeff Moss (DarkTangent). Ryan Clarke (LostboY) designed this year’s badge as a core part of the hacking contest. Jon Williams authored the core code objects. Parallax manufactured 16,500 units in our Rocklin, California facility through June and July.

The badge is based around the Propeller P8X32A 32-bit multicore processor. The badge features an infrared LED and receiver for badge-to-badge communication, a bank of eight LEDs for visual feedback and a USB circuit for data access and programming. Each attendee receives two PS2 adapters and a VGA connector so they can stop by DEFCON’s Hardware Hacking Village to turn their badge into a small computer system. Three AAA batteries can power the badge for the entire convention.

For more information about the badge and for an interview with it's designer Ryan Clarke check out this Forum post.

The Parallax team had an amazing time at DEFCON 20. We are so thankful to everyone who gave us such a warm welcome at our first DEFCON. We can't wait for next year!