January 09, 2013

Reading password generator keyrings with Arduino

 From Ruussia comes an interesting application of Arduino technology - the ability to read the numeric token from a small keyfob-style password generator. Instead of having to manually press the button and read the code yourself (!) the device (which is connected to an Apple computer) listens for a symbol over the serial line. When received, it uses a servo to press the token generator button, and a small webcam to read the digits from the LCD. The data is sent back to the computer for processing, and displays the code for the user. See it in action through the following video (turn the sound off...):


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