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USB BBQ

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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.

40 thoughts on “USB BBQ

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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! :)

  8. “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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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