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A usb hub inside a snes cartridge, just thought it would be a fun and pretty easy project to start with.

When playing retro games (like snes/nes emulators, if it would be regular pc games this would'nt feel right somehow) on the computer hooked up to the big screen tv it's no fun having extension cables for every gamepad lying all over the place.. So I crammed this "usb octopus" inside a snes cartridge, I choosed Mario kart because everyone knows of it, and eveybody loves it =)!

So when it's game on, this hub is lying on the table just giving a nice feel to it.

Purchase of the internet
1 Usb hub ~10$ at Tradera (swedish ebay)
1 Snes cartridge (allready broken) ~ 8$ at Tradera (swedish ebay)
1 Special tool for snes ~ 10$ at Tradera (swedish ebay)

The rest I had at home (dremel and knife, note so self; F THE DREMEL, go with the knife!).

Step 1: 1 - Prepare the hub/cartridge

Picture of 1 - Prepare the hub/cartridge
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1. The usb hub, I just removed the little black box, inside there is a small circuit board (you'll see it at stage two).

2. Drilled hole in the center of the cartridge, the hole is the same thickness as the male cable from the usb.

3. Holes for the female usb ports (only three, the fourth one will have a usb mini dongle instead). I started making these holes with a dremel but it was to clumsy so I used an old rusty knife instead, worked REALLY good. I'll never use a dremel for cuttting plastic again!

ps. unfortunally I broke my first hub, that's why there is black lines on the sides of the holes. The first one would fit, the second one I used are a bit smaller so now the lines are showing.. I'll clean it up with some chemicals later =p
 
abun19914 years ago
Huh... Never seen an SNES cartridge that looks like that. Is it a foreign (non-US) cartridge, because all my cartridges i could use for this would look ugly.
kristopher.hammar (author)  abun19914 years ago
Yeah it's the european version (PAL). The console itself also is more round than the us version =)..
D4NG3RNL6 years ago
I made a wireless connection/linux base with this idea :) I did: 1, 1 - Blutooth dongle 2, 1 - Wi-Fi dongle 3, 1 - 8GB usb stick 4, Last port goes to the middle hole (I closed the other two off with gray paper) Thx for the Snes case idea :D
could you send me a build log im interested in your idea
dm426 years ago
Well, I found all the materials for just under 20 bucks. I just discovered this website, and I think this will be the first project I try out. Great job! I like it.
wow sick idea dat was goin 2 be my next choice but i modded my NES Controller instead check mines out
kristopher.hammar (author) 6 years ago
Thanks for all the comments, I never thought it would be so many responses =)!
Th3H4rRy6 years ago
Very nice, I like the built in Bluetooth dongle, That'll always be handy
kristopher.hammar (author)  Th3H4rRy6 years ago
Absolutely. First I wanted to put a usb memory in there but remembered that to play the games the hub needs to be connected to the computer anyways so it would just be unnecessary =/..
Nice. It would look pretty cool with some blue LED's in it. :P +5/5 stars
yea, LED's would be awesome
The original USB hub had 4 female jacks, but your SNES finished, has only 3??
There is a mini bluetooth thing in it.
AHHH ok. now that I take a second look, i see it.
He put the 4th one inside the cartridge with a blue tooth dongle attached.
mg0930mg6 years ago
This is way cool. It looks awesome.
dombeef6 years ago
Cool I saw that MINI Blue tooth thing before...
fwjs286 years ago
thats pretty cool....