Arduino Based CR14 Emulator for CatGenie 120
Suppress the DRM that prevents soap cartridges from being refilled using an Arduino.
The CatGenie 120 bricks itself after a fixed number of washes until a new soap cartridge is inserted. To allow it to run without a cartridge or allow cartridge refilling I reverse engineered the verification process to allow it to be emulated and suppressed using an Arduino. Further details can be found in this blog post.
Once installed the CatGenie will function as before and alert you when the cartridge needs to be refiled. Then refill the cartridge and cycle the power of the unit to reset the usage count in the Arduino.
This project can easily be flashed to any Arduino using platform.io via:
pio run. By default its setup to be used with an Arduino Uno but you can modify the platform.ini to support the other Arduino variants.
Unplug the CR14 and attach the I2C wires(white/black on my machine) to pins A4/A5 on the arduino and 5v power/ground(red/blue) to their respective pins.
This process is similar to installing a product called the CartridgeGenius which is well documented in this video.
Remember to keep the CR14 for future RFID based projects,
If you want a less DIY option check out the CartridgeGenius which I've read is a good solution.