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DIY Power Hub via USB

Reading an article from Crave, I realized the very obvious… I should have written about this topic months ago…maybe years ago. Turning a typical USB hub into a power center for all those electronic gadgets. The key is getting a USB hub that has a dedicated AC Power adapter which plugs directly into the wall. […]

Crazy Yet Cool Looking USB / FireWire Hub

High-end designer makes contribution to Lacie USB & FireWire hub, the LaCie Huby. Designed by Ora-Lto, the Huby is glossy white polycarbonate with flexible cables for a distinctive look. Connect up to five USB devices simultaneously and three FireWire devices for a total of eight twistable cables for instant connectivity regardless of size. Glowing LEDs […]

USB Enumeration Fingerprint

Does the title of this article even make sense? Yes, but not to most. USB enumeration is the process a host computer goes through to identify the type of USB device connected and what the operating system should do with the newly detected device. Fingerprint would simply imply the different steps a computer operating system […]

What is Fuzzing and How Did It Find 26 USB Bugs?

Fuzzing is a method of testing with automated software which provides invalid, unexpected, and random data as inputs to a computer program. The testing program then monitors for crashes, assertions and potential memory leaks. A research team based from Purdue University came up with USBFuzz, which pushes enormous amounts of random data through the USB […]

Double AA Rechargeable USB Battery – 4 Pack

These are 1450mAh batteries that are rechargeable via standard USB port. This is the better way digital devices should be designed.  I am not a fan of, for example, my portable speaker going south because the device can no longer hold a charge.  I’d much rather have my portable speaker take batteries which I can […]

Morse Code Beacon via USB Board

For those into home-brew programming projects, its easy to make a microcontroller spit out some Morse code with the post shown below. What makes [pavlin’s] take on this project interesting is that it resides on a tiny USB board with an ARM processor. The design for the board is available with single-sided artwork suitable for […]

They Took My Idea – USB Power Strip

About three weeks ago I started the process to design a USB power strip where the device would be a dumb down version of a USB hub…it only gives power.  The reason why I wanted to design something like this was for the infinite number of USB items I have.  Just in my house alone, […]

How To: Two Port USB Bike Generator

Biking is great exercise, but don’t let a healthy body be the only reward for this activity, power up your gadgets.  Here is a  USB tutorial which incorporates a two port USB hub and switching regulator to generate a 5v charge to any USB device. There are so many small electronics that can be powered […]

USB Not Working – Try This

Do you have USB ports on your computer but for some reason the devices connected are not working? Or maybe your USB ports stop working after a long period of time? Don’t worry, the USB not working is [most likely] related to your computer configuration, not the ports malfunctioning. If our hunch is right, the […]

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