LeapFrog Didj: When The Hackers Take Over

What do you get when you have a cheap but powerful device that was created to do simple tasks and a bunch of hardcore hackers that are determined to undermine those limitations? You get something more than you bargained for. You get the LeapFrog Didj.

The Didj is a gaming system released by LeapFrog that is intended to be a kiddy version of the PSP, aimed at children aged 6-10. One of those teach-your-kid-math-and-english things. It even goes as far to offer dedicated games that can be purchased.

But the hackers have pretty much taken over the platform by gaining access to the root by soldering two wires (you might need to ask for some help on accomplishing that). However, once that is done, the system is completely yours to exploit.

This thing is packs some bunch too. Hackers have been working on a homebrew cartridge, microSD support, and USB support. It is also capable of 32-bit 2D graphics and 16-bit with 3D acceleration. (We’re already envisioning an NES emulator running TecmoBowl on this thing.)

Want a deal, though?

If you are interested, the Didj is available on Woot for $15. But be quick about it, because this will likely be sold out before the day is over.

[via Hack a Day]

By James Mowery

James Mowery is a passionate technology journalist and entrepreneur who has written for various top-tier publications like Mashable and CMSWire. Follow him on Twitter: @JMowery.

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