I am Roan Buma, from the Netherlands!
This tutorial will show you how to make a hybrid USB mouse & flashdrive. You can't see it on the main picture but there is a working USB flash drive inside this mouse
Please check out my other instructables.
Step 1: Getting the Things You Need
- usb wired computer mouse
- usb hub
- usb flash drive
And the following tools:
- soldering tools
- screw driver
Step 2: Opening the Mouse and the Hub
Step 3: Removing Wires to Make Place for Others
The cable of the mouse should connect to the hub input, then we are going to use two (or more if you want to) hub outputs for the mouse and the usb flash drive.
USB has 4 signals with colors and meanings:
- VCC (+5V) (red)
- D- (data -) (white)
- D+ (data +) (green)
- G (ground) (black)
We can use this to see where we need to solder our wires on the motherboard of the mouse and the one on the hub. If your motherboards don't show what signal the wire places have, take a picture of the previous wiring or else you're gonna have a bad time.
Now that we have planned where every wire is going to go, we can cut the mouse motherboard wires and the hub input wires.
Step 4: Soldering the New Wires
Soldering can be difficult if you are new to it, ask for help from a friend if you don't know how to solder.
Solder all the wires like you planned, you should have the mouse main cable connected to the hub input, and 1 hub output connected to the mouse motherboard. 1 hub output has to be free for your usb flash drive.
Step 5: Stuff It All In
The layout on the picture is not the one I chose. It all depends on what fits the best. Just try to fit everything nicely.
Step 6: Improvements
Step 7: Feedback
Thanks for reading this tutorial.