This is the Mr. Robot Badge

Updated for Def Con 26

The Mr. Robot Badge is an independent electronic conference badge deployed this year at DEF CON. It is an open, hackable badge. It uses chips you couldn't buy last April. It uses manufacturing techniques never seen before in artistic PCBs. It has blockchains on a Tide Pod. It is the greatest expression of a demoscene of hardware and manufacturing.

MrRobotBadge is #badgelife

How do you get a Mr. Robot Badge?

Sales will be announced on the MrRobotBadge Twitter.

Sales will occur at a random time, in a random place, somewhere near the con. The price for each badge is $120. All badges include a Shitty Add-On, another advanced technology we've developed for this year's badge.

If you would like extra special editions of MrRobotBadge, we'll be having an auction for prototypes and PCB panels at the EFF booth and Queercon/DC Furs auction. This is your only chance to get rare, unobtanium MrRobotBadges that are sure to appreciate in value. All proceeds from these auctions are going straight to the EFF and whatever charity the DC Furs auction is supporting this year. Keep watching Twitter for updates!

Hold up, Shitty Add-Ons?

Yes, shitty add-ons. It's an astonishing technology we developed for this year's badge that allows for interaction between different badges. We have created ten different shitty add-ons for this years badge, and they will all interoperate with other indie badges (and the official Def Con badge). Every Mr.RobotBadge gets one shitty add-on, chosen randomly. No, even the people selling the badges know which add-on you're going to get. If you don't get the add-on you want, trade with someone who did. What do the shitty add-ons look like? Take a gander:

The best shitty add-on is the Tide Pod. It's part of a game. The game is to eat as many Tide Pods as you can. Each Tide Pod contains a memory chip that contains a unique serial number. In the badge, this serial number is stored in a linked list where every item in the list contains a hash of the previous item in the list. We made a god damned blockchain out of Tide Pods. Want to know how this works? Take a look at the demo video

Open Hardware

The Mr. Robot Badge will be released under an Open Hardware license after the con. Until then, we have released example firmware that allows you to manipulate the LED matrix and buttons. We want to see you build something cool with the MrRobotBadge. Prizes may be awarded for the best hack.

If you fuck up your badge and want stock firmware, you can grab the bin here.

To program the MrRobotBadge, you're going to need an FTDI USB to Serial thingy. You can buy one on Amazon right now. Fry's will probably have one during the con.

After the con, we will be releasing the full hardware and firmware files for the Mr. Robot Badge. We're really excited about this. We used a really cool chip this year that no one else has used for anything. I know this because you couldn't get this chip in April and I've been monitoring stock levels on distributor's web sites.

Contact Mr. Robot Badge

Do you need to contact MrRobotBadge? The best way to do that is through Twitter. Alternatively, you can email a member of the team at