July 15, 2014

Converting children's electronic games into Enigma cipher machines with Arduino

Once again the Arduino platform has been used to replicate something incredibly fascinating, and in this example we have the Enigma cipher machine used between the 1920s and 1940s. This device was used to code and decode messages in peacetime and also during World War Two. You can find out more about the Enigma machines through Wikipedia.

However this version has been hacked into a children's toy computer, which offers the end user a nice keyboard and enclosure for the project. It's surprising how simple these toys can be, and with a little research in the toy store some neat options can be found. The project emulates a three rotor Enigma and once completed would be a lot of fun.

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