MAKE Labs: USB Mods from Volume 17

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MAKE Labs: USB Mods from Volume 17

MAKE Volume 17 just got shipped off to the printer this week, and one of the DIY builds that the interns had a lot of fun with was the “USB Key Makeovers” project by Brian Nadel. They made about a half a dozen different designs and the one pictured above is my fave. Love the idea of embedding the USB key in a fat marker often used for graffiti. This is intellectual graffiti!

There are a bunch of great USB mods on the MAKE Flickr pool too. Here are 4 fun ones, starting with the toy car by deeveepix:


Bomberminne by “David at the Klockarp Institute”:


A well-done lipstick case mod by Divine Harvester:


And sweet simple Plasti Dip dipped mod by mushmouth26:


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