I was given a tip today on how someone hacked the Motorola Android and now has USB connectivity. It’s a great little hack so now just about any USB device could potentially be connected to the Android. The question becomes what kind of drivers will the Android support so that printers, controllers, USB sticks etc can be used.
The hack is fairly simply. With a little amount of effort, it is possible to enable the B port of the Android as a host interface, meaning the cable USB hack supplies power and acts as the bus controller for connectivity.
You’ll need to make two things, a micro-dongle to enable the port (you plug it in during boot time) and a cable with the right connectors on each end (for connecting your peripheral). To do this you’ll need three cables:
A car charging cable (off-the-shelf at the Verizon store)
A Micro-USB cable (as above)
A USB extender cable (the teeny ones that sometimes come free with USB keys work great)
MSN did a nice article today about 9 new tech gadgets you can make with the stash of old stuff you probably have laying around. One which fits into the USB category, is this USB fan.
Retro and cool looking, you can put together a nice desk fan with just an old tower or power supply fan along with solder and USB connector.
Other new tech gear from old gadgets include a stone age cell phone tricked into a portable safe. Scanner table where you can display items under the glass cover of the scanner and a USB mouse turned up-side-down and carved out for a plant holder.
Not the most impressive conversion, but a fun article to read on your break or lunch hour.
Some guy in Germany had a bit too much time on his hands and modified a Nerf gun into a electromagnetic USB stick stun gun.
This gun is by no means subtle and was modified from an old Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6. Added to the mod was an MP3 player and amp for sound effects, a flash unit and 50-turn copper spool. The completed gun, including accupack, chips, LEDs, paint, and primer, cost around $75 to construct and still works as the original N-Strike gun.
The video shows several RFID products killed so the signal no longer works, and the author also claims it will destroy USB sticks, and I would assume, many other electronic gadgets.
Clearly a fun and interesting product for the hobbiest, but very little particle use.
Backyard Brand is looking to coin a new phrase with their FlashHarp USB drive. I’m classifying this under hand crafted USB because it’s a relatively simple mod of a harmonica to include a USB drive.
Granted, Backyard came up with the idea, so props to them.
They do a good job of selling the concept with: “Even if you never master the art of blowing the harp, you’ll never have to throw this harmonica in the back of a drawer. Sweet gift for anybody, young or old, who really likes music.”
If this stick gains any kind of traction we can expect china to knock off a plastic version of this in about 3 months or less. Granted, it’s not your typical custom USB drive, but for those looking to get the original mod, head over to Etsy and grab yourself a 2GBer of sweet soul for $44USD.
USB Harmonica FlashHarp product page [they should spell it FlasHarp]
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