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Brookstone Rover 2.0 SpyTank Teardown 64

Posted by timothy
from the what's-inside dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Like the Roomba and other hackable consumer electronics, the Brookstone Rover 2.0 looks like a great value for hackers and robotics experimenters. Check out this teardown and another link within for lots of pics and info."
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Brookstone Rover 2.0 SpyTank Teardown

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  • Creepy spying (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DKlineburg (1074921) on Sunday February 10, 2013 @06:47AM (#42849195)
    Forget hacking, Someone is going to disguise it as a common place object and spy where they shouldn't. . .
  • by Nyder (754090) on Sunday February 10, 2013 @07:14AM (#42849275) Journal

    You can do pretty much what you want with the system as it stands so I'm not sure what's to be gained by taking it to pieces and reprogramming it. Sure its fun for a while seeing how it works, but this isn't a cheap device and if all you want is a general purpose controller running linux buy a raspberry pi. Why wreck an expensive bit of equipment to get the same result?

    My Linksys WRT54LG router worked fine out of the box, but I still installed DD-WRT on it.

    Why? Because I could. Breakdowns are sweet. I didn't have to buy this toy/tool to see whats inside, and now that I know, I can make a more informed decision if I want to buy this device to hack, or to just run on it's own.

    Anyways, you miss the point of hacking stuff. It's about the fun, the challenge, the learning and sometimes it's about doing shit that no one else has done.

  • Re:Creepy spying (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Gaygirlie (1657131) <(moc.liamtoh) (ta) (eilrigyag)> on Sunday February 10, 2013 @07:14AM (#42849277) Homepage

    Forget hacking, Someone is going to disguise it as a common place object and spy where they shouldn't. . .

    There are much easier ways to go about that than buying one of these. I can think of atleast 12 different ways of hiding Linux-powered computers with networking and video capabilities in plain sight.

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