DIY Hacks & How To’s: USB Dead Drops

DIY Hacks & How To’s: USB Dead Drops
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Instead of ears, this wall has a USB drive.

What is a USB dead drop? “Dead Drops” is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. This network is made up of USB drives that are embedded in walls, buildings and other public places. Anyone is free to access, download, and upload. It is very similar to geocaching but with data. The first USB dead drop network of five locations was created by Berlin-based artist Aram Bartholl in 2010. Since then, there have been over 1,000 dead drop locations that have been registered at

This is and interesting project, but up until now, it has been mostly restricted to urban locations. In this project, I show how to expand this network beyond city limits by embeding USB drives in natural fixtures such as trees and rocks. Here’s the build on Instructables.

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My name is Jason Poel Smith. I have an undergraduate degree in Engineering that is 50% Mechanical Engineering and 50% Electrical Engineering. I have worked in a variety of industries from hydraulic aerial lifts to aircraft tooling. I currently spend most of my time chasing around my new baby. In my spare time I make the how-to series "DIY Hacks and How Tos."

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