Introduction: USA - USB: American Flag USB Memorial

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Plug and play flag waving ceremony. PC = Patriotic Computer.

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Step 1: Materials

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1 - USB Fan
1 - USB LED lamp
12" of 1.24" diameter heat shrink wrap
1 - Flag (country of your choosing), roughly 9" x 6"
1 - Lighter
1 - Roll of electrical tape
1 - Hanger
1 - Heart full love for the country of the colors that don't run.

Step 2: Tape USB Connections at Base

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If you are designing this for a specific computer check the location and orientation of your USB ports. Tape the USB plugs for the fan and lamp together at the base accordingly.

Step 3: Bend 90 Degress and Tape Again.

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Bend the lamp and fan arms 90 degrees so as they point at god once plugged into the USB ports. Tape again directly above the bend.

Step 4: Cut and Add Coat Hanger.

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- Cut the longest piece of straight section from a standard wire coat hanger.

- Just above the 90 degree bend you taped previously, attach the coat hanger and wrap with electrical tape again.

- Wrap the hanger, fan arm, and lamp arm again with electrical tape 2" higher.

Step 5: Heat Shrink Wrap

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Cut roughly 5" of the heat shrink wrap tubing. Slip it over the lamp, fan, and wire until it rests at the base near the USB plugs. Heat with lighter till it shrinks together.

Step 6: Plug and Hoist

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Plug our flag into the two USB ports in your computer. If you don't love this country enough to spare 2 USB ports then you are in the wrong place. Bend the arms and hoist your flag into position.

Step 7: Take Off Your Hat and Place Your Right Hand Over Your Heart

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Hit the power button and prepare to shed a tear for freedom.

Step 8: Desktop and National Anthem Boot Music

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If this isn't patriotic enough for your taste already then you can take it to the next level with some custom desktop and boot up music.

First set your desktop to imagery of people saluting the flag (see example below). Make sure the orientation is correct so that the eyes are staring right at Ole Glory.

Next set your boot up alert noise to play the Star Spangled Banner, the .wav file of which can be downloaded here. I use Ubuntu, so to set your boot up sound to this file you simply go to System -> Preferences -> Sound. In the Sounds Preferences display box hit the Sounds tab. At the bottom to the right of where it says 'Log In' select the drop down menu list and click on 'Select sound file...'. Select the .wav file linked above and hit the play button to test that it is working.


private_1 (author)2016-04-20

what about a Australian version

=SMART= (author)2008-09-15

This is so cheezy its like i just walked into a cheese factory and fell into a vet of cheese ! lol jk Good instructable, i might totally steal your idea and do a UK one lol yay America, god bless the ~~dictatorship~~ democracy ! god bless our right to ~~police~~ help the world. 9/11 was ~~ an inside job~~ a hateful act of terrorism and we will ~~ try to make the war go on forever so we can steal the oil~~ punish the culprits !! any hoo i digress

Default117 (author)=SMART=2010-05-30

Oh gosh, another conspiracy theorist. Where exactly is your evidence? Please, stop posting inane rants that no one but yourself believes. Especially on an Instructable that was meant for a small display of American patriotism. In fact, why did you even click on it?

=SMART= (author)Default1172010-06-01

i dont actually believe that i was just being sarcastic and playing on the anti-american stereotype.

all jokes aside though, the world would be a better place if america didnt exist.

OT4 (author)=SMART=2012-07-13

The world would SUCK if america didnt exist.

Default117 (author)=SMART=2010-06-01

Your post still fails as your "stereotype" is pretty far fromthe American stereotype.

Also, my original question has yet to be answered.

=SMART= (author)Default1172010-06-02


I was playing on the ANTI-american stereotype, saying things most people who hate america would say.

and as I said above i'm not a conspiracy theorist so i don't have to provide you with any evidence....

... even so, it no secret america has a presence in the middle east, and as far as i can remember its not americas country so really you should just get the hell out.

Default117 (author)=SMART=2010-06-02

I'm sorry if I misunderstood. I failed to note the anti in your previous post.

As for your jokes, A+ for the anti-American tone. F- for the joke execution. Your two jokes made a pretty seamless transition into that petty and immature tone that looked pretty bad on your part.Your jokes were just posted on the wrong Instructable with the wrong tone.

I meant my other question; the first one was rhetorical.

deathsmileyinc (author)=SMART=2009-11-12


i might make this, but instead of that little light i will use a USB controlled butane lighter XD

omnibot (author)deathsmileyinc2010-06-01

Cool, post an instructable.

Warlrosity (author)=SMART=2009-08-24

inside job?Really?Oh my gosh.

So right,my robot friend.
Derin (author)=SMART=2008-09-16

ooooooh im never migrating to USA

Derin (author)Derin2008-10-22

Turks dont say bad things at their country

dombeef (author)=SMART=2008-09-15


=SMART= (author)dombeef2008-09-15


OT4 (author)2012-07-13

America killed osama so we beat him. America beat russia to the moon. And america is better at way more sports.

Electronics Man (author)2011-09-22

I agree with the china thing, We need MORE PRODUCTS MADE IN THE USA!!!!!

itobor2525 (author)2011-07-20

While I appreciate the patriotic spirit, keep in mind that most (if not all) of the components will have been made in China. Excellent idea, now if I can only find usb components made in America!

hintss (author)itobor25252011-08-30

use a china flag

gunspyop2 (author)2011-08-18

lol (author)2011-07-04

this is sweet, wish I found it before the fourth

manderw (author)2011-02-12

This is hilarious. I want to make one for my Dad.

Sorry it took me, what, 3 years to see it!

MegaMetal8 (author)2010-09-14


That's amazing

MACKattacksnipe (author)2010-06-30

LOL Perfect God Bless USA or Whats left of it

Green Silver (author)2010-05-31

Amazing Build, Do you think it will work if you use a British flag instead of an American one?

omnibot (author)Green Silver2010-06-01

It works great with any flag, I've made Pride- and a Pirate-flag!

Green Silver (author)omnibot2010-06-01

Mine didn't work, I think I need a bigger fan as the flag I have is 2"6' across. Something tells me my USB ports ain't gonna cut it! Someone should do an Instructable on how to make/draw the right size flag for this project...

sharky05 (author)2010-05-30

 Such a funny and inventive idea! Instant patriotism... Well Done!

(From a UK instructabler)

Txkink (author)2010-05-30

Clever idea and well done instructable. Disregard the haters and their comments.

Kociubinska (author)2010-05-30

I wonder why didn't Smart choose anothe four-letter word for his nickname?
I like the idea of the flag, thank you.

Warlrosity (author)2010-02-27

Who? Me?

masterchrisx3 (author)2009-06-07

i hate Taiwan usa is where its at

san4ito (author)2009-06-03

Cool flag!!!) If you want to know more about USA

clayball97 (author)2009-05-17

my computer doesn't have two usb drives together

dp69_2001 (author)2008-09-12

frickin' awesome. I love Ubuntu. Wish I could get my games and zune working in it. I'd dump windows.

Derin (author)dp69_20012008-09-16

lalalalalala*throws Wine package*lalalalalalala

Derin (author)Derin2009-04-02

Plus,why do you need those $$$ software that MS Apple blah blah big company gives with their players?

mweston (author)2008-09-11

You chose your posting date well :-)

Derin (author)mweston2008-12-25


pierros14 (author)2008-10-26

its amazing!!! can i use another flag or only the american works.... ??? why u put a flag next to the laptop? why don't you just spray it on the screen to b even more patriotic? you can make another with a battery and walk around with it ... and make a video too... btw, its a Patriotic Laptop. A PL not a PC...

mmalecky (author)pierros142008-10-30

Personal Computer.

I'm pretty sure laptops qualify as computers.

ShampooRobot (author)2008-10-04

so making a kite!

zeron-79 (author)2008-09-25

you truly love America, i support you

Ex Marine (author)2008-09-17

bwahahaha this is gold

SPGWhistler (author)2008-09-12

At first I thought this was for a memorial, then I realized it was just for your everyday use. I like the concept of this device - it fits the instructables website well... but it's a little cheesy for me. I understand the comment about "usa, this is why the world hates you", but I've seen just as many pointless devices created by people from other countries on this website.

Esmagamus (author)SPGWhistler2008-09-15

They just don't have a flag sticking out of them. :)

Esmagamus (author)2008-09-15

Now that really makes your country's flag look vulgar and cheap. I wouldn't do this with my country's flag.

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