Want to make sure you catch anyone brash enough to loot your beloved media center? Include this PS3 Trojan Horse in the mix to track your gear.
Wayne, from the electronics blog DSS Circuits, was upset that somebody stole his nephew’s PS3. While most people would shake their fists and hope their home owner’s insurance covered such unfortunate events, Wayne decided that he’d lay a trap for future thieves with a cleverly designed PS3 dummy unit that housed not a sweet current gen game console but instead an array of inexpensive electronic tracking gear. The thief lifts your PS3 and the PS3 activates a homing beacon–sending you SMS updates with GPS coordinates for as long as the internal battery holds out.
Since the PS3 is just an empty shell–Wayne bought it for $20 off eBay and opted to use the PS3 because of the high thieves-will-take-it factor–so his instructions could easily be adopted to anything large enough to contain all the parts.
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Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 10/3/11