POPULAR TODAY TECHNOLOGY

CONSTI2GO receipt printer hacked to produce the US constitution in 6 seconds
original content
mar 13, 2014
CONSTI2GO receipt printer hacked to produce the US constitution in 6 seconds


CONSTI2GO receipt printer by thibault brevet hacked to print the US constitution in 6 seconds
all images © julien gremaud

 

 

 

hijacking the existing network of standard receipt printers, CONSTI2GO by swiss artist thibault brevet is a portable device that with the push of a button, prints copies of the US constitution. commissioned by jeff goldenson for LABRARY.bike, the project is currently being shown during SXSW interactive 2014.

 

according to creative applications, thibault first prototyped the electronics with an arduino and achieved communication with the printer over serial interface via a standard language called ESC/p. the arduino talks to the printer through a max232 chip to convert the TTL signal to RS-232 levels. storing the full text was an issue with the arduino because it required about 45k of memory. the CONSTI2GO is autonomously powered by a Li-Po battery, which includes a USB connection for recharging.

 

 

 ’CONSTI2GO’
video courtesy thibault brevet

CONSTI2GO receipt printer hacked to print the US consitution in 6 seconds

with the press of a button, the hacked device prints copies of the US constitution

CONSTI2GO receipt printer hacked to print the US consitution in 6 seconds

an arduino achieves communication with the printer over serial interface via a standard language called ESC/p

CONSTI2GO receipt printer hacked to print the US consitution in 6 seconds

 detail of the switch

CONSTI2GO receipt printer hacked to print the US consitution in 6 seconds

 

via

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library