Add a living feature to your desk, USB Sea Monkeys! Follow the step-by-step instructable and you to can be the talk of the office. This little project is quick, easy, and cheap. Please ignore the little fish bowl in the background. Fred there is just an innocent by-stander.
Step 1: The elixir of life (water)
Retail bottled water gives you both the container and the water. I chose this bottle simply for its cool shape and labeling. Any bottled 'spring' water will do. You should avoid the distilled water as it is a bit too clean to sustain your monkeys. Dirty little monkeys!
Again, please ignore Fred in the fish bowl back behind there. He was sort of jealous and wanted in on at least a few pictures. Sit, Fred, sit!
Step 2: The base platform
I got a cheap USB coffee warmer from ebay. This one both plugs into a USB port on the computer and it has a USB 'out' port on the back.
Sea Monkeys like to be warm, but a coffee warmer gets a bit too hot!
So....(go to the next step, silly)....
Step 3: No Sea Monkey Soup for me, please
Yes the coffee warmer will get to darn hot. So I fooled around with a thermometer and several options for having it warm the water with out cooking the contents. I came up with this ingenious little spacer that really works well.
You can mess around with a thermometer yourself and other ways of cooling the base down a bit. You want the water to be 80-100 degrees F. Hot little monkeys!
Seriously, just pop a few K'nex together and you're good to go.
Step 4: Platform base with spacer
This spacer was just a little bit too big to fit snuggly. I had to shave the ends of the white rods down a bit to get a good fit. I used a small hand file for a while, but I got bored. The dremel was much more fun!
Step 5: Let there be light!
I got a small adjustable, goose neck, LED, USB light form ebay cheap, cheap. Not much to say about this step...see the picture...