$25 WiFi Webcam from China – I am livin’ on the edge!

Rock on – what could possibly go wrong with cheapest-possible piece of equipment that is designed to capture both sound and video, is made in China and costs about 25 USD, and comes with real internet connectivity – you know: cloud backends and all.

So, I went off to dig some more blood from my nose. I bought one – no, I bought three Xiaomi Xiaoyi Ants web cameras, and went to see what’s inside and how (in)secure they are. Continue reading

My Air Purifier is in the Internet – should I be worried?

Typical IoT system level components

Typical IoT system level components

It is 2016 and everything is connected to internet in a way or another, what’s the big fuzz about privacy and security of these little devices? After all we have made consumer gadgets since ages, and one in a while malfunction or vulnerability gets discovered and shotly it gets fixed, right?

By looking closely at some of my connected devices, I found interesting stuff that has gone largely unnoticed. And more interesting is to come, for reasons I am about to explain.

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Smart’ifying a wall clock with – time to wake up! [part 2]

Panic, get up, or stay in bed and continue sleep?

Panic? Get up? Or stay in bed and continue sleep?

Ok, so sandwiching a clock on clock wasn’t the greatest idea there – what would be the next marginally smarter idea? Adding wake up alarm! In the vast sea of alarm implementations there isn’t much to be celebrated in terms of unique and clever design. So going for the context around it: How about hose dark moments in the middle of night when one suddenly wakes up wondering if the alarm goes off at the next moment.

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