Engineer builds working phone using Raspberry Pi

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A Linux engineer has succeeded in putting together a working phone using the Raspberry Pi. Called the "Piphone", it is made entirely from off the shelf components with no need for soldering--though it does use a couple of cable ties. While not much to look at, the device costs just $158. The phone uses parts such as a battery pack, a small touchscreen TFT module, a DC-DC boost converter and a GSM/GPRS modem with antenna. Some custom code offers a touchscreen interface with a numeric keypad for making calls.

The Fierce Take: Though the project wasn't particularly innovative, it does show how common components that are required for computing and Internet access are now highly affordable. This means that hackers could conceivably put together custom hacking tools that may not look like your typical computing device.

The Wi-Fi Pineapple, for example, is a $99 hardware that can run Linux and the open-source Karma Wi-Fi attack program. Wired to a battery, it becomes a highly portable hacking tool that can be used to break into Wi-Fi networks. For now, you can read more about the Piphone here.

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