My Universal Translator (PiTranslate) Featured on Make Magazine

This is a prototype I completed last year, but have been working closely with Make Magazine and Radioshack to create this great step by step guide for their Weekend Project Campaign. Check out the guide here, and the amazingly awesome video below:

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War ‘Shipping’

War driving – the act of searching for Wi-Fi wireless networks by a person in a moving vehicle, using a portable computer, smartphone or personal digital assistant (PDA).

My initial idea for War ‘Shipping’ was in April 2011. The plan was to write some custom code for a low-end android phone that would force it to automatically join open Wi-Fi networks. If the phone was able to get on the internet, it would then report its GPS location back to me.

At that point, I would hook up the phone up to an external battery and ship it UPS ground across the country. My theory is that my phone would be able to join at least 50 networks by the time it got to California or the battery died.

I’ve got the code complete and my test runs have been very successful.
drive-to-work

I’m looking for volunteers in California to help me test it. Interested? Let me know.

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