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« on: December 22, 2004 10:18:53 AM »

The kitten got ahold of my husband's USB drive and chewed up the casing.  What could we do with a mangled USB drive?  Then we remembered that my sister collects Pez dispensers, and that we needed a present for her, and the Pez dispenser USB drive idea was planted.  Googled it later and found out that, of course, someone else had already thought of it.  But his Pez dispenser no longer dispenses Pez, which I believe to be the essential function of such a device.  But, the compromise is that our design doesn't stand up any more.

1. Open dispenser as if to load it, overextending it so it will stay open.
2. Cut through both sides of the plastic Pez-holder, right near the very bottom.  The whole thing will pop apart.
3. Study how it's assembled.  There's a little plastic thing on the top of a spring.  That pushes the Pez up.  It travels in two grooves in the front and back of the body.  It only fits in one way.  The bottom part of the Pez holder also fits in the groove so that, when connected with the top part, it won't pull completely out of the body.
4. See if the USB key will fit into the body.  If it does, your life is much easier.  If it doesn't fit, disassemble it.  The mini Cruzer that we used has a screw hidden under the label that holds the whole thing together.  Once the case was off, it fit fine inside the body.
5. The drive will sit in the bottom part of the body.  The plastic holder will fill up the rest of the body.  Cut down the plastic holder part so it'll be the right length.  Ours holds 4 Pez.  Cut the spring, too.
6. Reassemble the dispenser.  It's a little tricky because of the spring and getting the little plastic cap in right.  We used packing tape to connect the top and the bottom back together.  Taping on the inside seems to work better than taping the outside.  There's actually very little clearance where the parts slide past one another.
7. Test it out with some Pez to make sure it still works.
8. Put the USB drive in and make sure it still fits.
9. Make any adjustments.
10. We used hot glue to secure the USB drive.  Squirt a bit in the body and quickly squish the drive in place.  Let it solidify and fill around the drive with more hot glue.  Just be careful none drips down and interferes with the holder.
11. Tada!





I wish I'd taken a picture of it plugged in.  The LED on the drive lights up and makes the whole thing glow.
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2004 10:25:56 AM »

Hahaha!

That is so weird that someone else already thought of it. But I say it still counts as original because you had never known about it, so it's just as much your idea!

Awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2004 10:30:23 AM »

That is way cool! This pez USB drive is probably easier to find and it looks great on or beside your computer!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2004 07:04:00 AM »

that's absolutely crazy enough that my brother would definitely like that.  i have to go to the store today and buy a pez dispenser and steal his usb drive!  christmas present!!  haha! Cheesy

wow.  technology these days is beautiful..

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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2004 10:07:31 AM »

For what it's worth, I think your design is much better!  Totally cool!

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2004 11:21:12 AM »

That's pretty cute!

I love the tech geek creations Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2005 02:15:13 PM »

That is so cool!
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2005 02:25:53 PM »

Um... i feel really stupid asking this... whats a usb drive... or a usb... i suck at computers ....
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2005 02:30:03 PM »

that is so awesome!  i have a bunch of nerd friends who would LOVE something like that
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2005 02:34:37 PM »

Fabricfightsfire ~  My boyfriend is the world's biggest comp. geek, so I give him credit for teaching me everything.  This is how I explained it to my mom the other day... teehee.

The USB Drive.. I have one .. the one I have is a "Jump Drive."  In silly terms.. there is a slot/female plug slot on a lot of computers...(called the USB port)... this USB Drive, plugs in there.  Smiley  Its like a disk...but in the size/shape of a small stick.  So you plug it into your computer, "Save" data/files, etc. to it....then you can take it to another computer & plug it in there... its a really fast way to transfer files.  A lot of them are so small & convenient you can hook them on keychains, backpacks, etc.  I use it at work...then save the files I need to work on (at home) to it...and bring it home & plug it into my home PC. 
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