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  • DOOM On A Desk Phone Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg | Hackaday

    These days we expect even the cheapest of burner smartphones to feature a multi-core processor, at least a gigabyte of RAM, and a Linux-based operating system. But obviously those sort of specs are unnecessary for an old school POTS desktop phone. Well, that’s what we thought. Then [Josh Max] wrote in to tell us about his adventures in hacking the CaptionCall, and now we’re eager to see what the community can do with root access on a surprisingly powerful Linux phone.

    As the names implies, the CaptionCall is a desk phone with an LCD above the keypad that shows real-time captions. Anyone in the United States with hearing loss can get one of these phones for free from the government, so naturally they sell for peanuts on the second hand market. Well, at least they did. Then [Josh] had to go ahead and crack the root password for the ARMv7 i.MX6 powered phone, started poking around inside of its 4 GB of onboard NAND, and got the thing running DOOM.

  • Ring and Tear: Doom Hacked on to Desktop Phones | Tom's Hardware

    Just as we were thinking there were no devices left to run Doom on, along comes another. This time, it’s a CaptionCall phone, a landline phone with a built-in voice-to-text system designed to help people with hearing loss. You can get one for free from the US government, so naturally there’s a thriving second-hand market on which they cost almost nothing. And they’re surprisingly powerful, as enterprising FPS player (and inveterate tinkerer) Joshumax discovered.

DOOM on a desk phone, and much MORE

  • DOOM on a desk phone, and much MORE

    Even the cheapest burner smartphones nowadays are expected to have a multi-core processor, at least a gigabyte of RAM, and a Linux-based operating system. However, such specifications are definitely superfluous for an old-school POTS desktop phone. That’s exactly what we thought. Then [Josh Max] wrote to Hackaday.com to tell about his CaptionCall hacking experiences, and we’re excited to see what the community can achieve with root access on such a powerful Linux phone.

    The CaptionCall is a desk phone with an LCD above the keypad that displays real-time captions, as the name implies. Anyone with a hearing loss in the United States can acquire one of these phones for free from the government, therefore they sell for dirt cheap on the secondhand market. At the very least, they did. Then [Josh] had to crack the root password for the ARMv7 i.MX6-powered phone, poke around within its 4 GB of onboard NAND, and get it running DOOM.

Yes you can play Doom on this Linux-powered desk phone

  • Yes you can play Doom on this Linux-powered desk phone

    As long as there is someone asking whether or not a particular gadget will run Doom, there will be someone else who wants to prove that, yes, it will Doom. This week’s installment: an ordinary-looking office phone!

    It’s not truly an ordinary office phone — this is a CaptionCall, an accessible phone that features a large color display that can caption phone conversations in real time.

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