As you all know, “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” hit the theatres earlier this month. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist, has a magical sword called Sting that glows blue when Orcs are nearby, warning him. The company Spark.io has designed a DIY project for all you Hobbit fans, a hackable toy sword that might not alert you at the presence of Orcs but it will tell you when you’re in the range of unencrypted Wi-Fi network.
Spark.io gives you a step-by-step guide on how to hack a toy Sting and turn it into a device that glows blue when you in range of Wi-Fi network. All you have to do is disassemble you plastic Sting and incorporate the Spark Core, a tiny Wi-Fi development kit. The best part is that this DIY project only requires two things, a Spark Core and a replica Sting with lights and sounds.
You can also use Sting to teach owners of unencrypted networks a lesson. When the sword turns blue, push the button and slash away at the air. This prompts Sting to join the network and publishes a message: “Your Wi-Fi Network has been vanquished!” The particular sword chosen by Spark CEO, Zach can be disassembled without being cut apart and already comes equipped with easily hackable LED’s, motion control, and sound effects.