Tech Prank: Hardware Mouse Jiggler

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Contributors: Shawn Hymel
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Introduction

If you're looking for a way to prank your friends, coworkers, or classmates, messing with their computer is a sure bet. Changing the background or flipping the screen is so 2003. To help modernize your practical jokes, here is a USB stick that shows up as a regular mouse and moves the pointer around every 10-20 seconds. Perfect for annoying your victims.

April Fools' Prank: hardware mouse jiggler using an Arduino Pro Micro

Required Materials

To follow along with this project tutorial, you will need the following materials:

You will also need some 30 AWG wire to connect the breakout board to the Pro Micro.

Tools

To build this project, you will need the following tools:

Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing:

PCB Basics

What exactly IS a PCB?

Pro Micro & Fio V3 Hookup Guide

An overview of the Atmega32U4-based Pro Micro and FioV3, how to install it, and how to use it with Arduino.

It will also help to understand how to program your Pro Micro to act as a USB Mouse.