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Issue 16 — HackSpace magazine – Can I hack it? A smart pixel purse
This Project Mc2 Smart Pixel Purse, looks like a handbag (known as a purse in American parlance) but, in reality, it houses lots of very hackable electronics. The purse was made as part of the Project Mc2 Netflix series, which involves a team of girls working for government organisation NOV8 as spies, using their STEM skills to protect the world.
The smart pixel purse is a vital piece of equipment, but can we hack it? Let’s find out! The purse is held together with a mixture of friction-fit plastic and six cross-head screws, and so taking the purse apart is relatively simple. The LED matrix screen has a clear plastic screen to protect it, and to separate the pixels, so that our image/text is clear.
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