Now why would I want a mouse with a USB port hanging out the side? The main reason is that I do a lot of computer aided drawing on a lap top which is impossible to do with a track pad and I share and collaborate with students who have all manner of different shapes and sizes of USB drives.
So whats the problem? Well my mac book has the USB ports so close together that it is often not possible to have two things plugged in at once, It drives me mental, and I didn't really want to have to use a USB hub, as it just another item I have to carry around and get lost.
Also with its internal drive It also saves me carrying around a USB, and it useful for when I use a desktop machine as I don't have to scratch around under the desk to find a working USB port.
The instructable has lots of notes attached to the photos
Step 1: Stuff you will need
- A full size USB mouse
- Small USB hub, than can be pulled apart easily
- Small USB tumb drive (optional)
- USB pinout
- screw drivers
- box cuter knife
- solder, soldering iron, solder sucker.
- hot glue gun
- side cutters
- Magnifying glass or glasses
- Hole saw or drill.
Step 2: Strip down.
The hub was just clipped together, and I used a box cutter to prise the plastic covers off. The final photo shows the mouse and hub striped down, it was still not going to fit inside the mouse cover.
It is important to chose a hub that is small, and can be take apart.