Power To The People: Project HiJack Runs Peripherals Via iPhone’s Audio Jack

Betcha didn't know your iPhone has a secret way of powering and controlling external devices, did ya?

It's the audio jack.  And a group of hardware hackers at the University of Michigan are taking advantage of it.  Rather than decypher the mystery of Apple's proprietary 30-pin port — and perhaps taking a cue from the folks at Square and Seeing RedUM's "Project HiJack" harvests both power and data bandwidth from the 3.5mm headset jack to run cubic-inch peripherals.  Their web page includes step-by-step construction pictures and some example application videos (for monitoring EKG's and measuring soil moisture).

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