We've seen smartwatches hacked before to run the nostalgic Windows 95 on an Apple Watch as well as Windows 7 on an LG G Watch. It seems to be the case that LG G Watch models are the hacking favorite, as today's story covers yet another LG G Watch hacking.
Carnegie-Mellon University researchers from the Future Interfaces Group have decided to use an LG G Watch beyond its known capabilities and create a device called the ViBand ("ViBand" is short for "Vibration Band"). Hacking the G Watch, these researchers were able to use it to control micro-vibrations from not only the watch itself but also from other devices on other platforms such as the MacBook, a room light, acoustic guitar, power drill, hack and power saws, blender, egg beater, and so on. The experiments conducted with the hacked LG G Watch included connecting the MacBook with other devices so as to detect what device was being used in real time.
The G Watch not only detected micro-vibrations but can also detect when you're standing near door tags on the doors of executive offices. In one instance, researchers found themselves standing near the door of Springfield Research executive Dr. Joe Smith; the G Watch was able to transport all the contact information onto its display -- and then allowed researchers to call Smith's number.
How was all this micro-vibration detection and data transport done? By way of accelerometers within the smartwatch that needed higher speed clocking. The majority of smartwatches on the market have accelerometers whose speeds are clocked at 100Hz. Carnegie-Mellon researchers were able to change the accelerometer speeds to 4000Hz, 40 times their original speed, which enabled the above capabilities.
We don't suggest you try this at home of course, but keep in mind that it is this functionality tech companies continue to tell us is the future of the Internet of Things (IoT), a platform where devices talk cross-platform, and we're sure this work begins to help us understand something about how and why IoT is on the rise.
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