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Coming soon: USB Contest Answered

Within the next couple weeks we will be starting a USB Contest!

The rules are that the entry needs to involve USB in some way. It can be powered via USB, transfer data via USB, or even provide power by USB. As long as there is some USB connection being used, it can be entered.

So keep that in mind and start noodling some ideas. Just be sure not to post until the contest starts, OK?

More details to come.

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Plasmana (author)2010-06-04

Damn, I got a few ideas and I got to go back to college in a few days... :(

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scarabeetle101 (author)2010-05-31

 Does it have to be an electronic thing or can it just be a physical modification of an existing device?

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If it's a mod that adds USB in some way, it can be entered.

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Nerdz (author)2010-05-27

What if the project involves just the USB connectors and doesnt connect to a actual PC or use a USB interface? Does that still count?

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fungus amungus (author)Nerdz2010-05-31

Like a USB bracelet where the USB male/female connection is the clasp? It can be entered, but I'm betting that something that uses the USB interface will have better odds of winning.

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imshanedulong (author)Nerdz2010-05-27

I'm pretty sure it will.

BTW, Thanks for representin' and putting nerd in your username! NERD PRIDE!!

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indestructable (author)2010-05-27

Would something like this: circuitgizmos.com/wordpress/ 
circuitgizmos.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/mounted.jpg
count? In other words can it be rewritten as an instructable and then count for the contest?

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Absolutely. It has to be a new Instructable, but it can be previously published elsewhere as long as you are the original author.

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kyle brinkerhoff (author)2010-05-30

hey guys, im fairly certain that the winning instructable will be one of two things :
1: arduino powered
2: uses flash memory

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Callum Snowden (author)2010-05-30

not being nasty to you all, but why would you put up your ideas, I know you might think people will use them for ideas. but there will be somebody who will copy your design :) (just being friendly)

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I think the people who post their ideas in the comments don't want, or don't have the resources to make their ideas come to life. So if they get lucky, someone might use their idea, and they would be proud that it was their idea initially.

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tahi_instructables (author)2010-05-28

How about flower vase? each flower is one of usb port which light up or blink by led

Or may be, we can redesign usb division like as building....

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ramiram5 (author)2010-05-24

 Do floppy disks count????

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NachoMahma (author)ramiram52010-05-24

.  As long as they have working USB ports.

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kelseymh (author)ramiram52010-05-24

No.  Why would you think so?

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Kiteman (author)2010-05-21

Is the yellow part of the image significant?  It looks almost like a corporate logo...


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MadBricoleur (author)NachoMahma2010-05-24

OOOH You know how fantastically AWESOME it would if THAT sponsor provided the prizes. MmmmHMM!!

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NachoMahma (author)MadBricoleur2010-05-24

.  I like that idea!
.  I like macgeek800's prize even better. ;)

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Grey_Wolfe (author)NachoMahma2010-05-26

I'll take two... I'm sure the wife won't mind.

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kelseymh (author)NachoMahma2010-05-24

Hmmmm...USB jack in the barrel (cosmetic), or maybe a USB controlled trigger release (operational)?

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Kiteman (author)NachoMahma2010-05-21

Maybe an extra prize for the quickest-loading software?


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darthstupie (author)Kiteman2010-05-23

It looks kinda like a Trans-Am logo.

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fungus amungus (author)Kiteman2010-05-21

Maybe yes!

Maybe no...

Hmmm.

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quesoman (author)2010-05-25

 Does the entry have to involve a physical USB jump drive or can it use a USB cord?

I love the idea. I hear many excelent ideas brewing up.

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Grey_Wolfe (author)quesoman2010-05-26

Doesn't have to be a drive, just has to have a functional USB connection (male or female).

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ratgod (author)2010-05-25

Pitty I can't entry my cheap USB plug again :P
https://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-and-cheap-USB-A-plug/
 but I've a nice idea involving the HP personal media drive bay brewing up :)

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zack247 (author)2010-05-21

awww... too bad i already made my usb charged LED flashlight.
im sure i might think of something! maybe a usb powered barbeque...

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ph1lt3ch (author)zack2472010-05-21

 Dear lord that would draw a lot of amps....Multiple ports??? hahaha

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zack247 (author)ph1lt3ch2010-05-22

first i'll need to figure out how to make a decent heating coil that can run off of 5-10 volts, so maybe... i think i'll give it a shot.

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killerjackalope (author)zack2472010-05-25

Not enough wattage there for a barbeque but you could make a single hot dog oven...

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zack247 (author)killerjackalope2010-05-25

could you pm me with some help?

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killerjackalope (author)zack2472010-05-25

No problem, if you've got a good plan for one but are missing things I wouldn't mind collaborating on it, I haven't done a usb powered heating device before but it'll be much the same... Pm with what you've got so far and I'll try and help, I have a few of my own projects for this so I'm not too worried...  

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ph1lt3ch (author)zack2472010-05-21

 Ooh ooh, an idea for you, web based interface for controlling/lighting your grill > connected via USB hahaha

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amando96 (author)2010-05-25

 Awesome, don't have anything in mind yet, but haven't posted an 'ble in a while...

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jollex (author)2010-05-23

Does it have to be posted after the contest starts because I just posted my knex USB yesterday...

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kelseymh (author)jollex2010-05-24

So make another one, this time cleaning up all the glue blobs and making flatter edges :-)

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fungus amungus (author)jollex2010-05-24

Yes it does. We pre-announce the contests to let people know about them in advance.

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MichelMoermans (author)jollex2010-05-23

Yep it does..

In all contests except the halloween contest all entries must be submitted after the start of the contest.

They do this because they want to attract new ibles. If they would allow already excisting ibles this would mean that no new ibles would be created and users could enter many contests with the same ible

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fruitkid101 (author)2010-05-23

Know what the prizes are?

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NachoMahma (author)2010-05-21

.  heehee  I see a lot of fried USB ports on the horizon.

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canida (author)NachoMahma2010-05-21

Mmmm, tasty fried USB!

Wait.

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fungus amungus (author)canida2010-05-21

Fried circuits is the smell of progress :)

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And fried circuits is the smell of a $20 microcontroller going to the waste.


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I was going to say $50... :D

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