Remote coded door opener uses TI hack-watch [Video]

Jan 21, 2010
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Texas Instruments aren't perhaps a name you'd associate with watches, but the TI MSP430 is no regular timepiece.  The hack-friendly wristwatch has a 3-axis accelerometer, pressure sensor, temperature sensor and RF wireless, and in this latest DIY door security system it's used to remotely unlock a door using a sequence of taps.

Video demo after the cut

The taps are recognized by the accelerometer, and transmitted using 128-bit AES encrypted wireless to a battery powered receiver on the inside of the door.  That controls a servo that physically unlocks the door.  After each unlock/lock sequence, the encryption codes are junked and new ones used, so replaying the radio transmission won't be enough to bypass the security.

In fact, it's actually more secure than a regular electronic door locking system, since you not only have to know the code but have the appropriately-paired TI watch, too.  The whole thing was thrown together for the TI MSP430 Ultra-low Power Challenge; if you're interested in tinkering with the watch yourself you can order one here ($49; currently out of stock however).

[via Hack a Day]


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