Jitter Drive 2




About: I am an aspiring sound designer who loves to build. I like thinking about presented ideas from a new perspective. The best part about running into a problem is figuring out how to fix it.

Remember Jitter Drive, well now thanks to comments, it has an unlimited life as long as your computer is on. it now runs off of the actual usb port for power and it still works as a zip drive. In the future it will run off a capacitor or a rechargeable battery as some comments suggested.

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Step 1: Materials

The materials you will need for this project:
  1. Tooth brush
  2. Switch
  3. 2.14 mm hobby wire
  4. Vibration motor
  5. usb
  6. Solder
  7. Old usb charger for a razor phone, look at picture
  8. 560 ohm resistor
The tools you will need for this project:
  1. Pliers
  2. Soldering iron
  3. Hot glue gun
  4. Saw

Step 2: Basic Frame

First you need cut off the head of the tooth brush. Then pull out all the center bristles with pliers. Next take off the casing of the zip drive. Glue the zip drive onto the top of the tooth brush with the zip drive facing up (see pictures).

Step 3: Adding Components

Cut  off the end of the usb cord with the port that you stick into the phone,  strip the cord so that only the internal 4 wires are showing; one white, one green, one red, and one black. Cut off the white and green wires. DON'T CUT THE RED AND BLACK wires. Solder the stripped red and black leads to the switch. Take two small wires and solder it to the switch as well. Take the two small wires and solder them to the 560 ohm resistor, then take two more small wires and solder them to the vibration motor.

Step 4: Plug It In

Now all you have to do is plug it into your computer. Make sure you have the resistor in the circuit or it will be too much power. Flip the switch and watch it jitter. The picture is my concept idea for a Jitter Drive that runs off of a capacitor.

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    13 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    You could just glue a usb to the top of a hex bug. To make it more safe, both for you and the electronics, you could make a cool casing/housing for the top.

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes but that takes the fun out of making it. Plus seeing how narrow the hex bugs are I doubt it would be possible to have a USB on top without it tipping over.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You are probably right. I still think it'd be good to make a case for the circuitry part so that it doesn't get damaged. Wouldn't it suck if you built this, then it tipped over and broke?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! This is very cool! Now I know what to do with my old vibrating motor you got my vote!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    you are missing lots of info... for example whats the capacitor's specs (voltage and uF)?


    9 years ago on Introduction


    You read those comments pretty quickly, and took action. :D
    An idea for the contest, you might get some more votes if you added a video,
    but you've certainly got mine. :)

    2 replies