Xbox 360 Chatpad disassembly

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Xbox 360 Chatpad disassembly

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Photos of the disassembly of the brand-new Xbox 360 Chatpad, showing the PIC16F883 it contains which makes it ripe for hacking, thanks Steve! Link.

18 thoughts on “Xbox 360 Chatpad disassembly

  1. morcheeba says:

    Wow, it looks like it wouldn’t be too hard to mod this in to a tiny PS/2 keyboard… or, if it isn’t already, a simple serial-port keyboard capable of hooking up to a microcontroller.

  2. dext3r says:

    Wow, that would be awesome to hack into a PC keyboard. perfect for a small server box or something.

  3. JrezIN says:

    four data connections!? ( http://nuxx.net/gallery/v/acquired_stuff/xbox_360_chatpad/IMG_9003.jpg.html )
    isn’t this like… you know, USB?

  4. JrezIN says:

    four data connections!? ( http://nuxx.net/gallery/v/acquired_stuff/xbox_360_chatpad/IMG_9003.jpg.html )
    isn’t this like… you know, USB?

  5. c0nsumer says:

    Hey there… These are my photos. My initial thought was that it would be USB, but looking at the data sheet for the PIC I’m figuring it’s probably just SPI. I haven’t dug far into this yet because I’ve actually been using the pad. Soon, though. ;)

  6. Colin Pye says:

    Hmm… If you try using it as intended, ie. plugged into an xbox360 controller, what happens when you connect the controller to a normal USB port? Does it show up as additional HID and bidirectional audio devices?

    Better still, if you use their wireless USB adapter, can you then use this as a keyboard for, say, a linux laptop in your backpack? Connect the earpiece/microphone that comes with it, and perhaps you could make wifi voip calls through any nearby accessible hotspot. Or enter the first few letters of a track name and listen to matching entries from your music library. It could be a good glove-compartment-compatible keyboard for an in-dash car computer…. the possibilities go on and on.

    I can’t be the only one out here who would like to use this as an compact cordless keyboard on a Mac! :-)

  7. Paul Novak says:

    Could be a cool mod to make it into a PSP keyboard…

  8. Anon says:

    Would it be easy to add ctrl and alt buttons to this somewhere?

  9. GB says:

    The datasheet for the XBOX 360 controller indicates “Text Input Device (TID) Port Feature: UART for Gamepad Accessory Receptacle or Plug In Module.” Which means probably a TTL level UART protocol.

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