Gift Prototype - The USB Fob

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Blog entry by WhiskeyWaters posted 04-05-2010 04:09 AM 1025 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had a few friends/enemies/family get hitched recently – I’m working on an interesting gift for them. I remember my own wedding, and know that the pure number of pictures taken can be enormous…and why make a photo album that can’t hold them all?

Well…mine can.

Back View - Still working on a method to reliably create a tight, deep fit

And the front -

My basic technique has been to sandwich the USB device between three layers of 1/4 in oak strips. As you can see, I’ve had some difficulty in making sure the fit is tight – I’ve got some ideas (and recently found a dovetail saw in my collection of model-making tools) to fix that for the next iteration.

Again – simple project, and I’m sure you could use the idea for somethin’ better than I came up with.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 05:02 AM

That’s a neat idea!

Did you buy the flash drive without a case?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 05:19 AM

I like the Idea. I have one made from a usb micro SD reader. I got the idea from fellow lj YorkshireStewart. I don’t see them in his project posts, but check out his website I think you will find it interesting:

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 05:45 AM

How cool

-- Don

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 05:54 AM

That’s a great idea! If you have a source for the USB stick without the case, please post it!

One thing to consider (as a software developer and frequent user of many different computers): Often the USB slots are stacked, one on top of the other, and one is already occupied by a mouse or some other peripheral. If the wood housing is too thick, it will be hard to use the memory stick without unplugging that other peripheral. Something to consider when getting the final dimensions figured out.

Same problem, different direction—often on laptops the USB slots are side by side, again causing problems if the housing is too wide… hmmm…

The USB Implementors Forum (the people who control the USB standard) might have some specifications on minimum recommended hardware dimensions somewhere they may be able to send along?

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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