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What do you do with 6 PCI USB cards with 5 USB ports each? Chop off the ends of course and wire up a BBQ – [via] – Link & translated page.

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Homemade USB cup warmer – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Dirkus says:

    So, is that burning smell from the steak, or from the power traces to the PCI bus on your mobo? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hatin’, and it’s a really neat hack, but I’m pretty sure you’re pushing the limits of what the PSU and motherboard can handle. Anyhow, there’s no way to fit a decent sized burger up there, much less a scrumptious porterhouse steak.

    My idea of a cool USB-enabled BBQ? Stepper motors on the valves for a gas grill, temperature probes in the meat, and a USB webcam. Plug it all into a computer and have a simple program regulate the temparature, and adjust it accordingly so that your food is cooked exactly to your liking. Have stills from the webcam posted on a mobile device friendly web page so you can view the progress from your cell phone. Have it send you an SMS on your cell phone just before your steak hits medium well, so that when you get out there with a plate and a BBQ fork it’s Juuuuust right. Bonus points for having the left and right sides of the grill on separate valves so that my wife can have her leather… er… steak well done, and I can have mine with a little bit of pink in the middle. If someone’s up to the challenge, I’ve got a gas grill for ya!

  2. Dirkus says:

    So, is that burning smell from the steak, or from the power traces to the PCI bus on your mobo? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hatin’, and it’s a really neat hack, but I’m pretty sure you’re pushing the limits of what the PSU and motherboard can handle. Anyhow, there’s no way to fit a decent sized burger up there, much less a scrumptious porterhouse steak.

    My idea of a cool USB-enabled BBQ? Stepper motors on the valves for a gas grill, temperature probes in the meat, and a USB webcam. Plug it all into a computer and have a simple program regulate the temparature, and adjust it accordingly so that your food is cooked exactly to your liking. Have stills from the webcam posted on a mobile device friendly web page so you can view the progress from your cell phone. Have it send you an SMS on your cell phone just before your steak hits medium well, so that when you get out there with a plate and a BBQ fork it’s Juuuuust right. Bonus points for having the left and right sides of the grill on separate valves so that my wife can have her leather… er… steak well done, and I can have mine with a little bit of pink in the middle. If someone’s up to the challenge, I’ve got a gas grill for ya!

  3. Dirkus says:

    Gah, double posted. Mods, please delete. Thanks!

  4. jerb says:

    I see no reason no to tap straight into the 12V bus. you’ll have much more current and are much less likely to fry anyhting.

    if you wanted something really sick I wouls Say to put a second PSU in your case devoted 100% to a heating coil (lot’s of hot plates run off 12V and could be easily modded to accept a molex). now you take those USB ports and use them to regulate temperature, as well as read the temp of the food.

  5. AndyPeters says:

    So, how long will each card’s outputs last? USB provides only 100mA on each port until enumeration, and only an idiot would parallel a bunch of power-supply outputs.

    This is possibly the most retarded of the USB port hacks.

  6. fstedie says:

    LAME. Stupidest thing I’ve seen in a while. Put your time to use by breaking rocks or something…

  7. figgalicous says:

    The GoogleTranslate on this page is so nutty! ‘The multi…being and saying and rubbing it does, (laughing)

  8. japroach says:

    jerb your right, the PSU has 100s of times more current available.

    AndyPeters: I suspect this is why he used 5 plugs per card. Each host provides 500mA, I’m guessing the card has one host chip. So 5 connections at 100mA = 500mA

  9. tms10000 says:

    If I had 25 USB ports available, I would either plug 25 of those ‘usb powered personal fans’ or 25 flash drive and mount an enormous raid of raid flash volume under linux.

    Cooking food is better left to solar power.

  10. RonGiuntini says:

    Silly. What, exactly, does this accomplish or prove? I guess I could crack walnuts with my laptop, too…..

  11. ollie says:

    I think this is a brilliant. The person who created this is obviously making fun of all of the worthless USB devices out there. And, hey, if you can crack a walnut via USB, more power to ya! :)

  12. fpena says:

    Worse Make blog entry yet.

  13. fpena says:

    Worst Make blog entry yet.

  14. philliptorrone says:

    nothing polarized a crowd, like grilling meat via USB

  15. Oracle1729 says:

    I have to agree, this is worth things I’ve seen here for so many reasons already mentioned.

  16. Shadyman says:

    So how exactly do you clean it?

  17. TickleMeElm0 says:

    “Anyhow, there’s no way to fit a decent sized burger up there, much less a scrumptious porterhouse steak…. Have it send you an SMS on your cell phone just before your steak hits medium well”

    Arg. That’s just wrong.

  18. Landroo says:

    Brilliant!
    Taking the unthinkable and making it a reality. This is performance art, not a useful invention as some of you clods seem to think.

  19. Landroo says:

    Brilliant!
    Taking the unthinkable and making it a reality. This is performance art, not a useful invention as some of you clods seem to think.

  20. yohuge says:

    why not just unplug all the internal fans and put the meat on top of the case?