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DIY: Wallet With USB Pocket

Not everyone keeps their flash drive on a key-chain or in their pocket.  For many, using a ultra slim USB flashdrive and sticking it into your wallet is your form of portability.  For those who do this, read on for a good DIY to insure the stick doesn’t get lost. First off, if you are using something like the Kingmax Super Stick, the drive is so small you’re more likely to lose it pulling keys out of your pocket then forgetting in the computer USB port.  For this reason, the USB wallet is a DIY project to stitch the drive into your wallet. You’ll need:
  • wallet
  • tiny USB flash drive
  • piece of Velcro
  • thread, needle and a thimble
In addition, this method of storing your drive will provide extra protection from the slim stick getting damaged. In short, you’re going to use the lanyard loop of the stick and some thread to stitch it a piece of Velcro which is then put into the wallet.  This design allows the drive to be some-what permanent, yet you can pull it out completely when needed. Continue Reading

DIY: iPad Cork Sleeve

Don’t dismiss this post because you think a cork sleeve would be cheezy for your $700 iPad.  It’s not.  This tutorial helps you create a well designed, cool looking, durable cork case. Sure, cork isn’t very strong, but with added cloth and fleece the end result creates a strong sleeve and something which will protect your iPad and last for quit some time.

cork ipad sleeve

The materials are not difficult to find and should run you about $20 at most. Bobber does an excellent job of point out the details and making sure you don’t miss the important steps for making a quality DIY iPad sleeve.  He includes a ton of well documented pictures, after all, nothing is better than a picture for projects you’ve never tried. Full tutorial here. Continue Reading

Old Tech For New Gadgets — USB Fan

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.

USB fan

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. MSN 9 Uses for Dead Tech GearContinue Reading

F The DIY Solar Powered iPhone Charger – Just Buy One

Today I was doing some research for a good solar powered iPhone charger.  I went the direction of a DIY [Do It Yourself] project then realized this is all a waste of time.  Maybe there are a select few that would jump on a DIY solar powered iPhone charger project, but considering the complexity of the tutorials I found, very very unlikely my average reader would actually do it. So to save yourself the 30+ minutes of looking for a good tutorial, just spend 3 minutes and buy one that will A) work better, B) look better and C) be cheaper.

solar powered iphone charger

The project directions can be found here and you’ll quickly see it’s a complex project that requires some tools you might not have, plus supplies you’ll surely need to buy.  All in all, it’s about a $70 project, Continue Reading

DIY: New Term For Video iPod (Hint: Projector)

I enjoy the Instructables weekly email about DIY projects. Occasionally you see one worth trying or sparks your interest enough to consider trying. This week we found an instructable for a DIY iPod Video Porjector. To turn your dream into a reality, you’ll need an iPod, mirror, lens and flat wall for projected image. Here’s the DIY video for the iPod video projector…and sure you could get a dock station and connect your iPod to your TV, keep the lights on and enjoy the latest Jon Stewart download…but where’s the sizzle in that? Source and full tutorial: Instructables video iPod. Continue Reading

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