Macy’s says its website leaked credit card info to hackers for a week

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The Barcode Guitar Is Cooler than a Keytar

Unless you’re talking about a Keytar, most guitars are played using strings and frets. But this unique electronic instrument has neither of those. Instead, it’s played using a barcode scanner.

Maker James Bruton built this unusual electronic guitar that’s covered with barcodes on its four necks. It’s played by pointing an off-the-shelf barcode scanner at its labels. The key to the system is an Arduino MEGA board takes the scanned data and uses it to send USB and MIDI signals.

Each barcode translates to a numeric code, which is mapped to a note on the synthesizer connected to the controller. James also built in a variety of controls for adding nuance to his performance, including programmable buttons, pitch bend, and octave and channel shifters, all made from arcade controls.

Check it out in action the video clip below:

James created the body and neck of the guitar using a combination of 3D-printed parts, and off-the shelf hardware. If you’re interested in building your own barcode guitar, head over to GitHub, where you can download the CAD data and code, which James has generously shared under a GPL3 license.

Amazon Echo Show falls victim to an old flaw at hacking contest

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Huge cyberattack against country of Georgia knocks out 15,000 websites

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Former Yahoo engineer hacked 6,000 accounts in search of sexual content

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Even the tech expert from ‘Mr. Robot’ can’t figure out this iPhone hack

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Researchers easily breached voting machines for the 2020 election

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DoorDash security breach affects nearly 5 million users

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Alleged JPMorgan hacker set to plead guilty

Andrei Tyurin, one of the key suspects in the huge JPMorgan Chase hack in 2014, is set to plead guilty, according to a court filing obtained by Bloomberg. The Russian reportedly struck a deal with federal prosecutors and will appear at a plea hearing...