by Grand Idea Studio

A tool to explore optical data transmissions and covert channels

View all updates Apr 30, 2018

OpticSpy is Here

Hi everyone-

By way of Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Chicago, and Memphis, the OpticSpy modules have safely arrived in Portland! Here’s photographic evidence:

Crowd Supply will handle the fulfillment of orders and units will ship out to backers shortly.

I’ll be giving a short talk about OpticSpy and co-hosting a workshop with the Tomu creators at Teardown: Portland 2018 in May. If you’re at the event, please stop by and say hello!

With the OpticSpy campaign and manufacturing run complete, this hereby concludes my Crowd Supply updates. All documentation is available on my site. Any future product updates will be posted there, as well.

If you run into problems or have any questions, you can contact Crowd Supply or reach out to me directly.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you all do with the OpticSpy and please let me know if you have anything to share!

Thank you again for your support :)



$18,864 raised

of $4,900 goal

384% Funded! Order Below

Product Choices



Get your hands on a single OpticSpy unit and dive into the world of optical communications interfaces.



From the Tomu project.

Perfect as an optical transmitter for your OpticSpy to decode. Example code available.

A computer in your USB port! One Tomu board with two buttons, two LEDs, and a 25 MHz CPU, all fully assembled and tested.


Grand Idea Studio

Grand Idea Studio is a product design, development, and licensing firm with a focus on consumer devices and open source modules for electronics hobbyists. It is run by computer engineer and hardware hacker Joe Grand.

Joe Grand


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