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DIY Hobbit Sting Sword Glows Near Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks: Whitehat Baggins

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The magical dagger Sting protected Bilbo from evil creatures and glowed blue when there were orcs nearby. But WarSting, Spark IO’s modern take on Sting, provides a more timely warning. It will glow when there are unsecured wireless networks nearby.


WarSting is an offshoot of Spark IO’s WarKitteh, the Wi-Fi sniffing cat. They modified a toy Sting that had LEDs, a speaker and a motion sensor. They then spliced in their Spark Core chip and reprogrammed it to detect unsecured Wi-Fi networks.


They also made it so that if you swing WarSting, it will join and store the name of the unsecured network to a Spark Cloud account, then disconnect from it. It will then stop glowing if there are no other unsecured networks. Otherwise, you can keep swinging until you’ve marked all free rides to the Internet innocent networks.

Your browser senses a link nearby. Head to Spark IO’s website to find out how you can make a WarSting.

[via MAKE: via Kotaku]