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October 9, 2009

POV Fan Display Hack

at 5:32 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


This POV Fan Display Hack by Hacking with Gum required a bit of reverse engineering to determine how the device worked in the first place, then a way to re-program the operation of the device to display a new message.

 Thanks Craig.

"It turns out that Cenzic made it very easy to access the fan’s EEPROM chip, and with a simple RS232-to-I2C interface you can re-write the EEPROM on this device to make it display whatever you like. "


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3 Responses to “POV Fan Display Hack”

  1. waqas Says:

    Its feature to access the fan’s EEPROM chip is nice

  2. Posts about Hacking Stuff as of October 13, 2009 Says:

    […] allowing it to be seen by the computer. Via: Hack A Day “It’s fairly straight forward. POV Fan Display Hack – hackedgadgets.com 10/09/2009   This POV Fan Display Hack by Hacking with Gum required a […]

  3. Richardo Says:

    Great Article! I was given a bunch of these pov fans with message already installed and was poking around for a hack to be able to reprogram them. Problem is that mine are found with a five not four pin header. Are they the same with different header? Or are they using a different chip and method of programming? USB? I will disect one to see what all is inside, maybe it is the same chip with extra gnd, lol. If hackable might be a great learning project for students…

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