Ever Wonder What’s In a SmarTrip Card?

I sure do, and DCist Tom Lee (we like to think of him in the first person, even if his corporate borg overlords don’t…) took one apart in an effort to get the SmarTrip chip to work in other settings and he’s got it so that instead of a card in your wallet or pocket, you can put it on a keychain. I’m excited by the prospect of hacking your smart trip into a key-tag or a pair of gloves (especially useful in winter), or perhaps one with a powered antenna so you could leave it in your bag as you pass through the turnstiles. That would really rock my socks.

Thanks much to Tom Lee for his awesome hackery here.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

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