A Tile is a little Bluetooth device which you can put on your keychain, for illustration, so that you can locate your keys working with an application on your phone. Each and every Tile’s battery lifestyle expectancy is a person year and just after that year you are envisioned to trade it in at a price cut for a new a person. Right absent your hacker senses are tingling and you know what’s coming.
[Luis Rodriguez] experienced switched to Samsung SmartThings and experienced accumulated box of these Tiles with useless batteries. So he decided a enjoyment challenge would be to put a Tile in his wife’s motor vehicle to observe it. Supplied that it is working with Bluetooth, the assortment is not excellent for motor vehicle tracking, but the Tile’s application can network with other user’s apps to widen the lookup space.
Given that the Tile’s battery was useless, he cracked it open up and soldered wires to its ability terminals. He then located a helpful 12 volt source in the motor vehicle and extra a DC to DC buck converter to stage the voltage down to the Tile’s three volts. Locating a property for the hacked tracker was no dilemma for [Luis]. He was already working with an ODB-II dongle for a sprint cam so he tapped into the 12 V rail on that.
You’ll be stunned what you can locate by hacking these little tracking equipment. Here’s an illustration of hacking of a fitness tracker with all types of goodies inside.
Our thanks to [Maave] for tipping us off about this hack.