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Fake PS3 Tracks Thieves via GPS

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.

Hit up the link below for more information.

Video Game Console Tracker [DSS Circuits via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/3/11

Comments (12)

  1. e1sunz

    wow very clever but they will realize why it is so light

  2. SAI

    I’m sure you can add weights to it…

  3. Daysleepin

    That is kind of nice, but is there a smaller version that i might be able to sneak into a functional ps3?

  4. Guest

    The title is deceiving “Fake PS3 Tracks Thieves via GPS”

    In the article, there is no mentioning of it tracking any thieves. The first regular console got stolen, but this concoction was not stolen.

    I was looking forward reading a good article of idiots getting caught.

    My 11 y/o nephew’s 360 got stolen in Alabama. Makes me furious. If it did get stolen “the concoction” I would not report it to the police, in about 2 hours the cops would be at my door arresting me for beating the hands & knuckles of the thieves with a hammer and then their knees with a bat.

  5. Golden Snitch

    To Guest:

    Shut up! You apparently don’t read well. Common idiot, for even wasting time to post that garbage!

  6. Rajaspidey

    No support for FB or social sharing in this site :(

  7. Scott

    No FB! Thank god.

  8. DJ Rosen

    There are a number of imaginative items that could be put in the box that would be a much bigger surprise. Bore a tiny hole in the upper section, so when it’s turned on it sprays a tracking dye into the face of the person. The stuff they sometimes put on money.

  9. Kevalin

    @Golden Snitch: One of the nicest things about HTG is that, as a rule, those who comment on articles behave as mature human beings who can respond to others’ comments as if they themselves are likewise mature. Sorry to see that you decided to buck that trend, and act like you’re on Yahoo Comments.

    I read the article as well, and saw no mention of the fake PS3 being stolen or retrieved. It’s a good idea, but I’m also sorry that it didn’t end with the report of an arrest. It would’ve made a fun end to a useful article.

  10. Guest 2

    To Golden Snitch:

    You should take your own advice. The end.

  11. John

    he woul better put a bpiece of c4 explosive in the real console. so he can blow up the console if it is taken by a theft ;-)

  12. DSSCircuits

    DSS Circuits is now having a “Name This Board” giveaway contest for a tracking device. See the website for details.

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