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Mar 01, 2018

OpticSpy is Now Funding

The OpticSpy campaign is now live!

Here’s a short video demo of the original motivation behind creating the OpticSpy. I had been looking into different types of covert channels and the method of using an LED to send data really appealed to me. There’s some great prior art in this area (see the Inspiration section of the campaign page), but descriptions of how a user could build their own receivers were lacking. Hence my experiments.

Feel free to share this project with anyone you know who might enjoy learning about optoelectronics, optical data transmissions, and/or covert channels. Thanks!

$4,419 raised

of $4,900 goal


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


OpticSpy + Tomu Bundle

This bundle gives you an OpticSpy and Tomu, a tiny ARM microprocessor which fits in your USB port. With this combination of receiver and transmitter, you can easily set up your own optical interface between two computers.


OpticSpy 10-pack + Workshop

Have a team interested in learning more about optical covert channels and the details behind the OpticSpy? This OpticSpy 10-pack includes a two-hour online or local workshop (within the Portland, OR metro area) with creator Joe Grand. Joe will run through the design, functionality, tuning, and demonstrations of the OpticSpy and answer any questions regarding this or any of his other projects. The workshop will be scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date.

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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.

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