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Scratch Build – In Progress External Control Hub (the ultimate in silent computing)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by MattP, 17 Mar 2013.

  1. MattP

    MattP What's a Dremel?

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    Hi everyone! I have finally finished the build log of my external control hub!

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    The hub works in tandem with my silent wooden pc case, and provides access to all the ports and devices that would otherwise be locked to the computer's chassis. As far as I know, it is unique.

    It took quite a lot of effort to build, but I learned so much about electronics and woodwork in the process. With the final result looking like it does, computer fan noise no longer being audible, and having access to everything right on my desk, it was certainly worthwhile!


    I have compiled the build process into a video, so please take a look if you are interested in the project. Comments are very much appreciated! :)

    External Control Hub (build log) - YouTube
     
  2. Darkwisdom

    Darkwisdom Level 99 Retro Nerd

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    Looks great. But.. I think a lot of the Pieces don't match. Some are white, some are black. It ruins a clean look.
     
  3. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    I think thats such a good idea, would look right at home on an executive wooden desk.
     
  4. WhatTheTech

    WhatTheTech Macmodder Addict

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    Watched the whole video - very thorough explanation and a very nice unit! I built one in a mac mini that has the audio and USB, but instead of the optical drive I put a USB 3.0 external hard-drive.

    Very nice work!

    (p.s. you don't happen to do voiceovers for the BBC do you? I'm a brit, so it's not just the accent...)
     
  5. MattP

    MattP What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks very much! :) I guess some components aren't perfect colour wise, but I wouldn't say the look was ruined by it.

    Silver and black are common together, the only additional colour being the brown of the woods.

    I don't, no. But voice overs and voice acting are things I've always been interested in. :)
     
  6. faxiij

    faxiij Minimodder

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    I like the concept a lot and a big thanks for that very insightful video. Not sure why you'd only have two USB-ports though? Not counting Mouse/Keyboard, I use at least 4 regularly. :eyebrow:

    Other than that, the only thing I'd change would be a more aggressive or a more flush/neat appearance, maybe using other materials. But that is subjective of course.

    Really great thing you did there, +rep! :) :D


    P.S.: There is something nice, yet strange about your voice. But keep it! Being Non-British but loving the British dialects (well, most of them) I appreciate above all that your voice is clearly British, yet very clear and easy to understand. :thumb:
     
  7. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    There are two USB ports on the rear of the device for the kb and mouse.
     
  8. MattP

    MattP What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks a lot! The unit does fortunately have four USB ports - two at the front, and two at the back (the rear two are usually used for peripherals). I agree with your comments about styling, but it was all I could manage at the time. Maybe I can try another design in the future!


    Ahh, cheers man! :D
     
  9. faxiij

    faxiij Minimodder

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    I need to rephrase - assuming two of the four ports are used for mouse & keyboard (the two at the back) that only leaves two at the front, where I would need at least four.

    Obviously, should I ever decide to copy your concept I'd make sure to integrate a full USB hub, 7-port probably. I'm simply assuming you only need those four ports.


    About the styling - the nice thing is, given you'd want that - that you could adapt the box as it is. Adding some brushed alu-panels, thin plexi or leather (or whatever you might fancy) should not be that hard. Even a bit of Danish oil could do wonders, probably. All the options are open, sir! :D

    Aside from that, it looks good either way! That needed to be said as well.
     
  10. MattP

    MattP What's a Dremel?

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    Ahh, I follow you now. I have a Microsoft keyboard and mouse, which take up only one USB port. It would be easy enough to use an external unpowered hub if I ever need the extra ports, I suppose (a benefit of practically unlimited power from the ATX power supply). :)
     

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