Introduction: Jitter Drive

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Have you ever played with those little hex bugs from Radio Shack? Well now you can make your flash drive into one. If your bored just take out you JItter Drive and let it loose. It's easy and fast to do, and best of all it still works as a data storage device.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
For this project you need:
  1. A tooth brush with no curve in the bristles
  2. A small button battery
  3. Thin wire, I used hobby wire 2.14 mm
  4. vibration motor
  5. A small switch
  6. Solder
  7. A flash drive
The tools you will need:
  1. Pliers, preferably small
  2. A hot glue gun
  3. A small saw
  4. A soldering iron

Step 2: The Body of the Jitter Drive

Picture of The Body of the Jitter Drive

Start by cutting off the head of the tooth brush. Then with pliers pull out all the bristles in the middle but leave the outside bristles (see picture for reference). Then take the shell off of the zip drive. With the hot glue gun glue the zip drive onto the tooth brush head with the port facing up so when you put it in the computer it has the bristles facing up (see second picture).

Step 3: Adding the Electronics

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Once you have the frame put together solder the battery and the switch together, make sure to put the battery and switch on without making the frame lose balance. Then once those are in place solder the vibration motor into the circuit, the reason we glue the battery and switch on first is to see if it is balanced correctly.

Step 4: Watch It Jitter

Picture of Watch It Jitter

Now all you have to do is make it jitter by flipping the switch. You can also add a stronger motor and a holder for the small battery so you can replace it easier. You now have a fun little toy and a cool looking zip drive. check out Jitter Drive 2 at this link


inhaos (author)2011-05-05

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ac1D (author)2010-06-18

I need some help! I am currently doing this right now ;) But, I cannot achieve to solder the wire on the battery. The battery just wont stick to the solder. What is wrong?

Jedrokivich (author)ac1D2011-03-04

Try sanding the surface a bit before soldering and then put a small pool of solder on the surface. Tin your wire, then heat up the pool and put the tinned end into the solder and wait for it to cool.

Win Guy (author)ac1D2010-09-10

I'm just saying, but it's too dangerous to solder wire DIRECTLY to the battery, however there are some other ways, for example:
Electrical tape (Regular 3/4" tape is too conductive)
Battery casing
Craft glue (Make sure that the wire is touching the battery)
Win Guy

caarntedd (author)ac1D2010-06-18

Try scratching or sanding the battery terminals to expose bare metal. the terminals are plated to prevent corrosion. Resin cored solder should stick to the metal pretty well.
Make sure the terminal is hot enough for the solder to melt, but be quick as a button type cell will burst if it gets too hot.

Maybe stick with the tape instead.

jaysbob (author)caarntedd2010-06-19

it's actually rosin core solder :)

caarntedd (author)jaysbob2010-06-19

It depends where you live. It's the same stuff, but all my rolls of solder say resin core.

ac1D (author)caarntedd2010-06-19

I have sanded the battery, and it worked just fine. I know cell battery burst, we used to put em in a toaster for the boom some year ago :)

rocketman221 (author)ac1D2010-06-19

Try to scavenge a battery holder from something. If you heat those little button cells too long they will blow up.

Stormrage (author)ac1D2010-06-18

try using soldering paste... i think it would help... or try just a bit of HCL

Waveform19 (author)ac1D2010-06-18

im not sure what the problem is, i used a hearing aid battery but what you could do is use tape instead it would work just fine. if you have any more questions just ask.

TSC (author)2010-06-27


account3r2 (author)2010-06-20

It's FLASH DRIVE. A zip drive is an entirely different thing. A zip drive is like a floppy drive. Except bigger.

siege10 (author)account3r22010-06-22

i supposed bigger is the correct word as far as storage capacity goes... it really wasn't that much bigger as far as physical size went. (capacity was normally 100 megs)

account3r2 (author)siege102010-06-23

i meant bigger physically. not by the capacity of the disk, even though it does have more capacity than a floppy disk. thats not even on the subject. a flash drive uses usb, and zip drive or disk is big, it uses magnetics, and it is kinda out-dated.

naruto the ninja13 (author)2010-06-18

what exactly is this?

this is a little vibrating toy that moves around by vibrating. if you look up on you tube hex bug nano it is very similar.

awwww there so cute lol

shveet (author)2010-06-19

you should try and have it recharge via the flash drive. so that you will never have to change the battery

Waveform19 (author)2010-06-19

I am currently making a new intractable called Jitter Drive two with a unlimited life go check it out.

Kiteman (author)2010-06-19

This would be really cool if you replaced the battery with a super-cap, and wired it up to charge the capacitor from the USB port.

TSC (author)2010-06-19


dark sponge (author)2010-06-18

Fun, but what would make it cooler is to have a small rechargeable battery or a supercap that charges from the USB port so you never run out of fun!

AndyGadget (author)2010-06-18

Interesting combination of functions. How about using a rechargeable button cell and have it recharge when it's plugged in.
(Best not to use the USB stick for mission-critical data storage #;¬)

nickodemus (author)AndyGadget2010-06-18

Funny that, I thought the same thing when I saw it! Haha :D

Waveform19 (author)AndyGadget2010-06-18

That is a interesting idea i will have to try that some time

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