Introduction: USB Laser Duck

Rubber duckies are great and all, but they don't have enough lasers. I was hoping that the little guys would evolve in the right direction, but it took too long so I had to take matters into my own hands. Oh, and of course it needs to be powered by USB.

Step 1: Get Your Stuff

USB cable? Check.
2 6mm red laser diodes from dealextreme? Check.
Rubber duckie? Oh yeah

Step 2: Wire Up the Lasers

This is some really basic soldering here. These two laser diodes are being wired in parallel. Basically, just connect everything up like the picture below and solder it together.

Then you can wrap a bit of electrical tape so you don't short the wire.

Step 3: Drill Out the Eyes

We need holes in the eyes! Drill!

Step 4: Pop in the Lasers

Cut an X in the bottom of the duck so you can access the inside and stick the laser diodes in. With a little bit of finesse, you'll get them to come out through the eyes.

Step 5: Glue and Align

Use some hot glue on the outside and inside to stick the diodes in place. While the glue is still soft, check out the beams on a flat object to make sure they're aligned.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Now hook up your duck to your computer and blind your coworkers! Or you can leave it unplugged and when they ask what it is and look reaaalllly closely at it, plug it in! HR might throw a fit about this, but it's all in good fun.

This particular USB laser duck was shipped out as a present in the Instructables Gift Exchange. I look forward to future gift exchanges in the future so I can ship more dubious objects to people I've never met.

Comments

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rxima made it! (author)2016-09-29

that is creepy

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rodzfam made it! (author)2013-12-09

That is awesome

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sudo_sandwich made it! (author)2013-07-17

Ehrmagerd teh evil ducky of doom!!!! Awesome.

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Callyfornia made it! (author)2013-06-12

This is beautiful....

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sputra made it! (author)2011-04-29

hahahaa....its Cuteeee....kwek kwek...

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~Meme~ made it! (author)~Meme~2012-06-16

Indeed.

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Jedrokivich made it! (author)2011-02-17

How many volts does the USB put out?

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~Meme~ made it! (author)~Meme~2012-06-16

Over 9000.

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oweng4000 made it! (author)oweng40002011-10-13

Digital Standard Voltage is 5v. So that's what your USB will be outputting.

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Arthur Weasley made it! (author)2012-03-10

tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?

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~Meme~ made it! (author)~Meme~2012-06-16

http://mirror.uncyc.org/wiki/Rubber_ducks

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cronama made it! (author)2011-11-07

"I need yor boots yor clothes and yor and yor bathtub" naw but seriously that things creepy

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sassimo03 made it! (author)2011-10-10

It was perceived as an harmless, cute little child's duckie. Now, it's Laser Duckie, the most evil looking children's toy! Dun, Dun, Dun!

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Frowney001 made it! (author)2011-08-21

he's got a wire up his butt

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zapper067 made it! (author)2011-08-10

Rubber Duckies has now became dangerous...I will never trust anyone with rubber duckies again.

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natter37 made it! (author)2011-06-08

This is stupid but when usb did u use :P

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2011-06-08

Any item with a USB cable that you can use will work. You will be destroying the original use, of course. Just cut the cable, they all use the same wires.

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dyly made it! (author)2011-04-16

That thing is demonic!

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EngineeringShock made it! (author)2011-04-13

So cool!
I might make one of these to freak out my girlfriend!

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TheEnemy made it! (author)2011-01-18

i use 2 watt laser diode so it burn stuff LOL.

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DemeGeek made it! (author)2010-08-19

Why not house a battery in the ducky? It would make it more portable! Also if you get one that has the little hole in the mouth(Could drill one otherwise I suppose.) you could add a motion season in it

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2010-08-19

It could have a battery and a motion detector and a smoke machine (maybe), but I was going for something simple.

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rrrmanion made it! (author)rrrmanion2010-08-19

do you think I could get away with making a giant one and calling it art?

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quantumkittty made it! (author)quantumkittty2010-08-21

DO EET NAO lol, sell it to an art museum. knowing how strange our art is today, you could get millions XD

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djlewis725 made it! (author)djlewis7252010-12-31

Yeah really, today people pay millions for splatters on paper called "art".

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rrrmanion made it! (author)rrrmanion2010-11-10

too much effort, maybe for gcse art though

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deth2all made it! (author)2010-08-18

DOOOD, You need to czech out the "laser flashlight hack" instructable..... lasers that can pop balloons and burn stuff then will be born...... USB LASER DUCK OF DEATH

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SenKat made it! (author)SenKat2010-08-19

Eh - you REALLY need to check out some other tutorials on LPF (www.laserpointerforums.com ) rather than "The Great Kip-Kay". You'll have more fun, your lasers will last a LOT longer, and you wight learn some basic electronic theory while you are at it ! I LOVE the duckie, though ! NICE work !

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2010-08-19

LPF is a great site. I haven't built anything along those lines, but it's one of many bookmarks. Thanks for commenting!

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SenKat made it! (author)SenKat2010-12-17

I apologize for the mini-jack of your comment thread :( Twas NOT my intention ! THIS 'Ible is simply phenominal - I LOVE IT ! I had to show my wife, since she seems to think that every-day items cannot be made cool as hell with lasers ! EVERYTHING is better with lasers added ! Ooooooooooooo - can you imagine a laser-pointer with a built in laser pointer ? Imagine the possibilities ! 8-D

I'ma a big fan of your work - I actually FINALLY founf the "favorites" button, too ! (DOH !)

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TimeDroid made it! (author)2010-12-10

Epic duck vs Laser Duck!

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bombmaker2 made it! (author)2010-08-19

Everything's better with lasers!

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2010-08-19

It's true

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mutput7 made it! (author)mutput72010-11-19

So, so true.

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bombmaker2 made it! (author)bombmaker22010-11-19

hahaha!

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martzsam made it! (author)martzsam2010-11-19

DR. OCTOGONAPUS, BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!

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bombmaker2 made it! (author)bombmaker22010-11-20

BLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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martzsam made it! (author)2010-08-18

Ernie is going to be so pissed when he finds out...

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dark sponge made it! (author)dark sponge2010-08-18

By far my favorite comment here!

"Rubber Duckie you’re the one,
You make bath- WHAT THE!...- oh ****- AAAAHHHH!"

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martzsam made it! (author)martzsam2010-08-19

Hmmmm... Class 4 laser eyes? It might just do the trick to massacre the muppets.

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mutput7 made it! (author)mutput72010-11-19

On it.

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Ricardo Furioso made it! (author)2010-08-21

What could you do with a barbie doll?

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imkwl12345 made it! (author)imkwl123452010-08-21

barbie doll? dude im talkin heat seeking missiles, green lazers, explosions, explosions IN YOUR MIND

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Ricardo Furioso made it! (author)Ricardo Furioso2010-08-21

Think POWER PASTIES!

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mutput7 made it! (author)mutput72010-11-19

No, think NUCLEAR WEAPONRY!!!

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Warlrosity made it! (author)Warlrosity2010-08-27

-Like-

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grumpyfam25 made it! (author)2010-11-08

dose it burn stuff cause that would suck but i can make it burn something

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GorillazMiko made it! (author)2010-11-06

Yes.

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fizzmelon made it! (author)2010-11-04

where was the rubber duckie from? the one you used was particularly cute

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em ai are eye oh(mario) made it! (author)2010-09-18

"MY TRANSFORMATION IS ALMOST COMPLETE"!!!!

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