Encode and Decode Messages with the Pocket Enigma
An Enigma machine is a cipher device used to code and decode messages and was primarily used by the Germans during WWII. They considered the gadget so secure that they often transmitted top-secret information between the military and the government.
The machines were often clunky in construction and weren’t exactly what people today would call “portable friendly,” but they were an excellent cipher platform until it was eventually cracked. That said, Bradán Lane's Pocket Enigma (PE) is a great unit that can transmit and receive coded messages and decode them on the spot without needing a bunch of wires and cogs to get the job done.
The Pocket Enigma hardware has been upcycled from a SMART Response XE classroom device and features a 2.4GHz transceiver, an LCD display, a mini Qwerty keyboard, and runs on three AAA batteries. It's also equipped with an Enigma Development Adapter that lets users’ program the PE via the Enigma API.
As with the original Enigma machines, Pocket Enigma messages can only be decoded using the correct cipher on the receiving end. This allows for any number of applications, including gaming.
“There are lots of possibilities for the Pocket Enigma like making up games where teams send messages to each other while keeping their messages secret from their opponents,” Lane notes on his fun page. “The Pocket Enigma may also be used to encode and decode messages from online role-playing games, chat rooms, Discord, and other shared online services.”
Lane is currently selling his Pocket Enigma in bundle form for $60, which includes two devices and the Enigma Development Adapter.