August 07, 2003
Autonomous Hacker Droid
Well, I wondered how long it would be before someone put this together. Hackers meet Botwars.
When I was part of D.A.R.T. (DeVRY Advanced Robotic Techology) we spent a great deal of time building autonomous robots that would walk the halls and map things out. One kewl project we did was to mimic the walking of MIT's Attilla (a spider-bot) which accidentally got into the elevator and started mapping out the admin office on the second floor. Was quite funny.
Now, these guys went the other way and hooked an 802.11b card so they can hack wireless access points remotely or autonomously. If they took some of the work we did at DeVRY they could get an autonomous bot with collision detection that could covertly map out entire cities from the safety of a Van and rarely, if even, be noticed. Next someone will figure how to get a robotic arm to warchalk the ground as it finds signals... and we would be all set.
Personally, I think it would be kewler to hook it up to an RC Helicopter.... so you could map taller buildings :)
Man I need to join some R&D arm that just does this kind of stuff without needing a commercial purpose. Where is the old Bell Labs when you need it?Posted by SilverStr at August 7, 2003 02:33 PM