For a while now, I am member of a Facebook group “Hearing Hacks“. I encourage everyone interested in the topic to join there. It is an active group sharing lots of interesting content. Enjoy!
I attended the 32c3 last year and watched the talk “Unpatchable“, a talk which is related to hacking medical devices. In this case it wasn’t hearing aids, but pacemakers. Interestingly, the speakers raised similar questions as I did in my talk at 28c3.
The questions being for example:
- This device is part of my body, why do I not know what code is in it?
- How can I trust that the device is not vulnerable from the outside?
- Does a doctor have to tell me when he flashes the firmware or that the device is tracking my very personal data?
Agreeable, the consequences for patients wearing pace makers are more impactful than for patients wearing hearing aids or cochlear implants. However, I still found the talk worth watching, I hope you do too.
It has been silent around here, but that does not mean other people don’t to awesome things in the hearing aid world. I’d like to point everyone of you to a slack chat/forum to discuss hearing aids technology and hacks around it.
So far it has been rather calm, which is why we are looking for more people! My friend Gianluca is managing it. You can request an invite here: http://slack.hearinghacks.com/ Hope to see you there! 🙂
The final video of my talk at the 28c3 is available now. I am working on the subtitles. Stay tuned!
Please give feedback on the talks page!
As promised, I provide the slides of my talk “Bionic Ears” at the 28c3 hacker conference in Berlin.
I also offer a version with detailed speaker notes, because especially my hearing-impaired audience might need it to be able to follow. I had to downsample the images in this version to avoid the files getting too big. Please have a look at the “slides only” version for details in the images.
I played different audio samples during the talk, you can download them here:
Update: If you want everything in one packet, you can get it here:
If you watched my talk at 28c3, it would be really nice if you use the feedback form on the talk’s page. Both, positive as much as (constructive) negative feedback is highly appreciated!
As announced earlier, I will give a talk about hearing aids at the 28c3 conference in Berlin. Here is the link to my talk in the conference schedule.