Introduction: USB Hub Monster

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A six-legged creature with the ability to hook up to USB devices through any and all of its highly adjustable limbs.

Song: "Sgt. Pepper's Paradise (Beatles vs. Guns N' Roses)" by Jimmi Jammes

Step 1: Gather Core Materials

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- 7-port D-Link USB hub
- 7 one-foot USB extension cables
- 10-foot roll of 9-gauge armature wire
- black fabric (not shown)

Step 2: Hook Up Six USB Cables

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Easiest. Step. Ever.

Step 3: Wiring It Up

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Cut three three-foot pieces of armature wire, bundle them up, and twist them together in the middle. They should stay together and it doesn't matter if they can slightly move around or rattle. A bit of duct tape (the first of many) will take care of that when they're wrapped up.

Step 4: Bend Pieces Back

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From each end, find the longest piece of wire and bend it backwards. Now, at the middle of the duct-taped area, bend them out at a right angle. Repeat for the other side and you now have three pairs of legs.

Duct tape these new pieces down for good measure.

Step 5: Attaching the USB

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Bring together the USB squid from before and merge it with the armature wire. If you did this right, each bit of armature wire should be a little longer than its USB cable. Now duct tape them all together.

Step 6: Pose-tastic

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You should now be able to create all sorts of poses with this setup. Go ahead and take a break and have some fun with it.

Step 7: Lucky Number Seven

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That seventh port shouldn't go unused. With a USB extension cable, or any other spare USB cable, make some eyes.

Snip the cable to get to the tasty red and black wires inside. Solder a resistor to a couple of LEDs and HEY!, we have some lights.

Step 8: Attach the Eyes

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With that extra bit of armature wire left over, wrap it around the body a couple of times and then, with yet more duct tape, tape it down to the body and to the USB cable with the LEDs. You now have a neck and some floating eyes.

This is a good time to test the connections. Plugging in the USB cable to a computer should light up the eyes. Be sure to check the other ports with a spare flash drive, making sure your computer can see all of them.

Step 9: Starting the Body

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Measure the dimensions of the hub, including the margin that the USB cable sticks out of the top, and cut out two ovals out of some cardboard that can cover all of this.

Step 10: Finishing the Body

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Cut a couple of notched curves. Slide them together onto the ovals and it should make a nice connection. Forget to measure and simply eyeball it and you may have to force it a little bit of a lot like I did.

Step 11: Make the Head

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Get an egg carton and cut it up and fold it so you have a cardboard egg. Be sure to cut a hole for the neck.

Step 12: Attach the Head

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Cut a couple of holes in the head for the eyes and slide the LEDs in. Be sure to test again to see if they still light up.

Step 13: Gentlemen, Start Your Glue Guns

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If you thought there was a lot of duct tape before, get ready for a bigger amount of hot glue.

First, secure the eyes in the head by putting glops of glue behind them. Now get ready to add some skin.

Step 14: Wrap the Legs and Neck

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Cut up some black fabric into strips long enough to cover the legs and glue them on.

Straighten out the working leg and then run a line of glue all along one side. Holding the fabric tight, drop an edge onto the glue and then press down to secure it. Wrap the fabric around and glue down the other edge to secure it. I didn't worry about stray threads since they add to the insect appeal.

Step 15: Cover the Head and Body

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I cut out a piece of fabric and then poked a couple of holes for the eyes. Once this was glued down I glued a strip around the head. I repeated this with a couple of more strips for a segmented look.

For the body I used a similar technique, covering up the cardboard with random pieces of fabric and then layering strips with loose threads on top.

Step 16: Enjoy Your USB Monster

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The armature wire is easily bendible and surprisingly strong. You can do pretty much any pose you want, except for a headstand. You could probably make some stop-motion animation with it. Or you could just put it on your desk as an early Halloween decoration.


zack247 (author)2011-04-25

i love it, i should totally make one of these...

JavaNut13 (author)2009-11-09

I'm not sure if fabric would be the best way of decorating it..
Maybe an evil-looking wire monster? Pipe cleaners? Eclipse mint cans?

squawker (author)2009-08-15

Wait! So this doesn't do anything. Nothing at all. I thought it might be a robot or something. Oh well.

AllergicToPain (author)2009-04-07

This really turned out cool and the stop-motion animation idea is great too! I might try something like this out.

QwertyuioLP (author)2009-02-25

This just helped me with my Instructable. Thnxs alot!

Lil Bastard (author)2006-09-27

Would it create too much heat if you bought a plush octopus and ran a USB connection to each of the tentacles? LOL

Damage, Inc. (author)Lil Bastard2008-12-23

This would be one better.

maker12 (author)Lil Bastard2008-02-04

yummy burnt plush!:-) ps it will not catch fire :-(

millyan (author)2008-12-04

too cool ! I'mmaking this as christmas gift fo my brothers

firesketch (author)2008-12-02

sweet... it can be a pet for my monitor :3 and gotta add a usb sd port :D

mr.peaches (author)2008-11-23

in step 9, it looks like you could make that into an Imperial Walker from Star Wars or something... that's a pretty neat project btw!

fwjs28 (author)2008-11-15

AT-AT.....hmmmmm.....*grabs usb cords*

ngth (author)2006-11-23

It reminds me of the bots from The Matrix... oh no! They're taking over! :) Interesting use of an USB hub.

Vertigo666 (author)ngth2007-02-06

that's what i first thought it was

adamvan2000 (author)Vertigo6662008-05-08

That was my first reaction to the pictures in step 5. I thought it looks a lot like one of the harvesters off of 'The Matrix'. Which gives me an idea.... ~adamvan2000

Chicken2209 (author)adamvan20002008-10-22

yeah in step five they look like them but the final image i definitely see Star Wars Walkers

mettaurlover (author)adamvan20002008-09-20

post it...or i will come for you...and trust don't want me to...

dark sponge (author)2008-10-21

But what to do with all of those USB ports...

(goes to instrctables main page and types in "USB")

JellyWoo (author)2008-08-28

cool, it was posted on today!

mettaurlover (author)JellyWoo2008-09-20

is that good or bad?

JellyWoo (author)mettaurlover2008-09-20


JellyWoo (author)2008-08-28

can you help? i don't get how you attach the eyes

JellyWoo (author)JellyWoo2008-08-28

also where do you buy the one-foot USB extension cables?

xeallos (author)2008-08-05

It looks exactly like Dark StarDark Star from the Slayers series!

codykage (author)2008-04-30

lol great idea. it looks like the more usb devices you plug into it the weaker the monster gets! lol re: photo 2 (Y)

przem (author)2006-09-23

Yes, really great! You can also put some small speaker inside your monster to make him talk (or even sing :) ) BTW what for is that second black wire going out from him? Power for the hub?

maker12 (author)przem2008-02-04

yes it is

Brennn10 (author)2007-10-19

So does this wire serve any other purpose besides the frame of the monster?

LastMaster (author)Brennn102007-11-06

Yea Bendable Arms and Legs for the Monster... I wan't to make one but mine would have to be a 4 leggend feind... and i don't have that wire... and I dont have the 1 foot extensions.. Where can i buy those btw?

youkneephsycle (author)2007-10-14

that is so clever, i love it!!

Darkshot (author)2007-09-22

very cool but i would make it a little more um...nicer you need to like duct tape it paper mache it or somthin then paint it so it looks WICKED :) hope im under the "be nice" polocy and tell me if im not i'll delete this coment :)

killerjackalope (author)2007-08-14

how bout savaging a usb card reader and putting it inside the creature's hub if there were cards in it would look like fins I may just have to make this and my beer can hub have babies a beer monster with usb connectivity and a whole lotta uselessness

noik (author)2007-05-07

A little bit crabby, but its looking cool whit the red eyes. Go on...!!!

SpinneNetz (author)2007-04-10

I have managed to completely fail at doing this step. I have some 5mm, 1.8 volt, 20mA leds I thought would work, but no go. Are these not going to work? Also, is it led (+) to resistor to red wire, or led (-) to resistor to red wire? I have almost no experience with this sort of thing.

Fail often! That just means you're learning.

Anyway, check out this step for more info. The whole instructable is helpful if you have the time.

Your first idea of + to resistor to red should work.

Buaha, after several trips to Fry's I got it right! Thanks for the help, this is a great project.

No problem. Be sure to post a picture of the results!

Here's my version of this awesome project. It's a bit larger that I was expecting, but I'm pleased with the results. Now I just have to find room for it on my desk...

number0 (author)SpinneNetz2007-04-28

I have seen your version of this awesome project,it is very good!First I want to introduce myshelf to you sir.MY name is Wang Lei.I come frome China and my English is nont very good,so I'm sorry if I say something wrong.My MSN is and my e-mail also the same.Can we be friends?hehe,I'm looking forword to!

Hey, great job! I dig the furry legs and the clips. I'll have to upload some pics of the second version of this that I made where I used some alligator clips. Yeah, the fella is a bit big for a desk, but mine's been a good companion for the past few months.

NickIQ (author)2007-03-13

Just out of curiosity, what voltage/amperage are your LEDs and what resister do you have there in front of them? How much light do they provide (I don't need to know the exact candle measurement of brightness or anything, just curious.) Thank you, I love this project, I'm working on something similar, definitely inspired by the cool work you've done here.

fungus amungus (author)NickIQ2007-03-13

Don't remember the exact info offhand, but I think it was a voltage drop of 2V each and they're wired in parallel with a 100 ohm resistor. It's a little dimmer than possible, but I wanted more of a glow anyway.

Check out this site for resistor help.

Junkernaut (author)2006-10-19

this would be cool with a war of the worlds squidbot thingy. However demon usb spider is awsome as well.

mutant (author)Junkernaut2007-03-07


Punkguyta (author)2007-02-05

Oh boy, I could imagine making one of these with a 20 port hub (I've seen them) or just combine multiple hubs. That would be cool :-D

MrBrownThumb (author)2007-01-12

That's pretty awesome looking.

burzvingion (author)2007-01-01

What about heat-shrink tubing or that mesh cable protector stuff that compresses when you stretch it?

Thanks for that idea. I was looking around for other types of stuff to use for a more mechanical look. Didn't know what phrase to Google for.

I found this stuff which looks to be exactly what I needed.

Pocket Universe (author)2006-12-05

This totally rocks. If I'd build something like this, perhaps even my girlfriend will approve of having more cables around the house :)

iKill (author)2006-11-07

Right here you could also skip the black fabric and use black hockey tape if your not too much into glue guns

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