Making a USB-Highlighter/Pen/Marker




I created a USB-Highlighter for the purposes of my innovation class. I wanted to make a USB-Pen at first, but it was a bit difficult given the space constraints, so I ended up with a USB-Highlighter =)

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Step 1: Materials Needed

You would need:

- A highlighter (preferably a wide one)
- A cutting device (a hacksaw worked pretty well)
- A USB-drive (usually a USB thumbdrive, but any USB device can work)
- Filling Material, as needed
- Paint/Markers/Stickers; anything you could use to spruce up the final product
- Creativity =)

Step 2: Creating the USB-Highlighter

Ok, this is a fairly simple procedure so I will show it all on one page

1. Remove your USB-device from its casing.

2. Approximate where on the highlighter you will need to cut through, using the USB-device as your guide. Cut at this point.

3. Insert the USB-device into the lower portion of the highlighter. You may need to wrap it in some filling material to make it fit snugly.

4. Insert the cap of the USB-device into the upper portion of the highlighter.

5. Add some aesthetics, if you so desire.

6. You're done!

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    11 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Like it! As soon as I saw it I thought, hmmm...add a battery fed led tp the cap and you've got a MacGyver tool to envy ...not that I can think of a single instance where you would need a highlighter, a usb stick and an LED light... maybe replace the highlighter with a key keeper... nvm I think i've been at work for too long


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I forgot to mention, that's actually a bluetooth dongle in there. I just lost my thumbdrive, lol


    11 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for all the comments, yeah I got a bit lazy on the details, this was for a class and I didn't have much time left to do it so lol. maybe I'll redo step 3 sometime. cheers


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Could use more details on how you did Step 3. Seems to me that step 3 should be several steps. A great idea, however.

    me too (sorta) i tried fitting an mp3 player into a florescent yellow highlighter but it didnt realy work because of the buttons n my lack of filing tools. iv put the player in an athsma pump now, but its got a few things left to do on it

    Yeah those cheapo ones shaped a bit phallic on it make great recasing toys, I never did get finished up on a couple of ones I did but havn't got sorted...