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Beer Can Usb hub hack

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can really be done to any object but this is the item I had the most of lying around so it was a natural choice for me really its a break through and it allows a huge number of usb hubs to be added say 4X 1to4 hubs in a can makes a 16 port hub in a tiny space
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools needed

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Ok the materials for the project are as follows:

-A beer can (or whatever you want really
-a little plastic box about the siz of the hub including circuit board(if its a hub with lights)
-A simple USB hub I used one from a mousepad and it has UV leds so I made a solution for lighting

Tools:

-a craft/stanley kinfe (either will do but make sure it's sharp, very sharp
-a sheet of paper ( for lighting again ignore for hubs with no lighting
-a ruler or straight edge (no real measuring but this is needed for clean cutting)
-glue (I used superglue but a hot glue gun is a far better option)

Step 2: First Extract that circuit board

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So you need to get just the electronics part from the hub so open the plastic casing (this was easier said than done in my case) as the soft backing was glued over the part that hold the hub circuit

octavian2345 years ago
No offense but all you did was add a case i mean anyone with common sense can do that.
killerjackalope (author)  octavian2345 years ago
Well that was the point... This was one of my first projects aswell, having done a couple of other things with empty cans I'd probably have done this far better knowing what I know now.
What would be crazy and very unethical was if you took a can and made rows and rows of usb hubs all over the can because there would be tons of space that would be crazy Here's what it would look like!
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when i looked at this i didn't know it was yours. i had a creeping feeling that it was yours and... YEP, IT'S YOURS cheers.
killerjackalope (author)  AnarchistAsian6 years ago
Haha, just great...
if it's about beer, i'll bet it's yours.
HamO6 years ago
Another one for the Top 10 list!!
killerjackalope (author)  HamO6 years ago
I wish I'm working on a better way to put the cuts in so the can is left in better condition because it can get dmaged easily from the circuitry being put in then a top ten is in sight
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ewilhelm HamO6 years ago
If you don't have anything constructive to say, don't say anything at all. Use the rating buttons and move on. You're treading a thin line here.
huh, weird, i didn't know you actually just browsed through instructables, what sort of stuff exactly do you do on a usual day on the job?
HamO ewilhelm6 years ago
Thank you for the warning. In the future I will post neither comments nor ratings as they seem to do no good one way or another.
Ds HaKa HamO6 years ago
srre
ewilhelm HamO6 years ago
Constructive comments comments do a lot of good.
killerjackalope (author)  HamO6 years ago
yeah right now it's not a finished product then you can really decide how bad it is but listen use a bit of constructive criticism please because i failed english four years in a row then scratched a C grade and on top of that it's my first instructable that I learnt anything from as i documented this as i figured it out
I so glad you shared that bit of information with us!
killerjackalope (author)  HamO6 years ago
you're kinda pathetic here I mean if mine are so bad why don't you make something to show me how it's done?
Not my job, man.
killerjackalope (author)  HamO6 years ago
so you can call an instructable bad but not make one kinda sad
you coud coat the inside in some sort of rubber... or one of those plastics that are on this site... eh just some midnight brainstormin.
casper.7076 years ago
As Homer would say, "mmm...beer.";)
killerjackalope (author)  casper.7076 years ago
Yarp, I'll have to re-visit this...
craig36 years ago
This is pretty cool, id happily have it sit on my desk even if i didnt use it its just cool
killerjackalope (author)  craig36 years ago
Cheers, one of my first instructables, really needs revising tbh.
Robot Boy6 years ago
If you cut the top off and drop in a wood cylinder to cut against you would get a cleaner cut out.
uber tom6 years ago
tenents is a drink for real men. good choice.
killerjackalope (author)  uber tom6 years ago
my most common drinks are tennents and guiness as I'm half irish half scottish lol
Punkguyta6 years ago
Pretty sweet, I take it the plastic is to prevent shorts? -Punk
killerjackalope (author)  Punkguyta6 years ago
nope it's for refracting and diffusion of the lights on my hub because I took mine out of a uv lit mousepad If you put the board in right theres nothing touching to short out but if you're worried then use the plastic I did both for testing and the hub worked on all ports without problems
eh, i dont know what to say. useful but doesnt it wobble around.?
not really but just put a rock or something in it if it does really it's so easy and simple
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