Chromecast Has Been Rooted – Bootloader Exploit

Well that didn’t take long. The team over at GTVHacker have worked their magic on Chromecast. The HDMI dongle announced by Google last week was so popular they had to cancel their 3-free-months of Netflix perk.

via Pocket http://hackaday.com/2013/07/29/chromecast-bootloader-exploit-it-runs-android/

Here’s the how-to: Bootloader Exploit Package
Waiting on my USB OTG cable to come….

Chromecast Hacking Has Begun

chromecast
Initial chromecast testing has revealed that it is a DIAL device and sniffing shows several interesting commands that can be sent to it.

The chromecast dongle is apparently listening on http port 8008. (Also port 9080 while Netflix app is running)

Some control can be established by sending simple HTTP GET’s, POST’s and DELETE’s.

** For these examples the youtube app is running, also available are Netflix, ChromeCast, and GoogleMusic.

get device information xml:
curl http://10.0.1.2:8008/ssdp/device-desc.xml

get detailed device information json:
curl http://10.0.1.2:8008/setup/eureka_info?options=detail

scan for available wifi:
curl http://10.0.1.2:8008/setup/scan_results

get supported time zones:
curl http://10.0.1.2:8008/setup/supported_timezones

get info about current app:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” http://10.0.1.2:8008/apps/YouTube -X GET

send youtube video to chromecast:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” http://10.0.1.2:8008/apps/YouTube -X POST -d ‘v=oHg5SJYRHA0’

kill current running app:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” http://10.0.1.2:8008/apps/YouTube -X DELETE

reboot the chromecast dongle:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” http://10.0.1.2:8008/setup/reboot -d ‘{“params”:”now”}’ -X POST

factory default reset the chromecast dongle:
curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” http://10.0.1.2:8008/setup/reboot -d ‘{“params”:”fdr”}’ -X POST

Hopefully more to come… Focusing on the websocket connections now

I would like to be able to send commands (power, volume, source) to the tv through the hdmi-cec connection of the chromecast.

I Wore a Bionic Leg, And I Never Wanted To Take It Off Again

Say you’ve just had ACL surgery. Or you’re recovering from a bad break. Or, worse, you suffer a stroke, or MS, or spinal or neurological damage. Regaining the power to walk is one of the toughest things you can do, and it may be impossible without a crutch, rail, or physical therapist to lean on.

via Pocket http://gizmodo.com/i-wore-a-bionic-leg-and-i-never-wanted-to-take-it-off-726536822

FPV drones with an Oculus Rift

It was only a matter of time, and now someone’s finally done it. The Oculus Rift is now being used for first person view aerial photography. It’s the closest you’ll get to being in a pilot’s seat while still standing on the ground.

via Pocket http://hackaday.com/2013/07/16/fpv-drones-with-an-oculus-rift/

Robot That Tears Down And Recycles Buildings

A new concept in robotics may improve the efficiency of building demolition and recycling. Swedish student designer Omer Haciomeroglu says that the robot called ERO is a smart recycling robot like Wall-E.

via Pocket http://www.neatorama.com/2013/07/14/Robot-That-Tears-Down-And-Recycles-Buildings/

Send your own Pocket Spacecraft on a Mission to the Moon!

Members of our team co-created the first space mission funded on KickStarter (KickSat – due to be launched by NASA later this year), and have created or co-led influential workshops such as the Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop at MIT, and the Keck Institute for Space Studies Small Satellites: A Rev

via Pocket http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1677943140/send-your-own-pocket-spacecraft-on-a-mission-to-th

$15 million yacht can be controlled by an iPad

Space ship Super sleek Shining light Daring design Boat building Glitzy gadgets Light and bright Ship-shape

(CNN) — With her curved ‘wings,’ long pointed nose, and gleaming underbelly propped high above the waves, this space-age yacht might be better suited to the sky than the sea.

via pocket http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/tech/is-this-space-age-ipad-superyacht/?hpt=hp_c4

New Quad-Copter Frame

It’s been a little while since I posted any updates on my aerial adventures.

This means I have been working hard and/or having lots of fun 🙂

Here the middle size copter in my current fleet. (mini quad, quad, octo)

This quad-copter version 2.0 has an upgraded frame and computer (newer arduino mega).

I will try to edit and upload some of the video footage from it when I get some time.

How to unlock your iPhone from AT&T using cellunlocker.net

!! DISCOUNT ALERT !! – Follow the promotion instructions on their website. Upload a video of your unlock process to youtube and receive full or discounted credit back.

Simple Instructions:

  1. Go to http://www.cellunlocker.net and initiate the unlock.
  2. Wait to receive an email stating that your phone has been “UNLOCKED”.
  3. Insert a non-accepted sim card into the phone. (T-Mobile in my case)
  4. Connect phone to iTunes.
  5. Wait until iTunes detects phone
  6. Now disconnect phone and reconnect after 10 seconds.
  7. Phone is Unlocked. Enjoy!

Thanks cellunlocker.net!