Prepare Your Pranks! Hardware Mouse Jiggler

We’re still about three weeks out from April Fools' Day, but if I showed you the prank then, you wouldn’t have time to make your own! If you’re ready to take your practical jokes to the electronics level, I give you:

Hardware Mouse Jiggler

The Hardware Mouse Jiggler!

The idea is simple: an Arduino-based Pro Micro enumerates as a USB mouse, and every 10-20 seconds, it randomly jumps, moves or jitters your target’s mouse pointer. Here is a video of it in action:

Once you plug it into your target’s computer (I recommend a desktop, as it’s too easy to see the USB ports on most laptops), just walk away, and the mouse pointer will develop a mind of its own (assuming the Arduino random number generator is a close enough approximation to a “mind”).

The Arduino mouse jiggler in action

Could you imagine trying to get your work done with this?

If you’re interested in making your own, a full set of instructions can be found in the following tutorial:


Tech Prank: Hardware Mouse Jiggler

March 12, 2018

Create an innocuous-looking USB stick with an Arduino Pro Micro and a 3D printed case that moves your mouse pointer randomly every few seconds. Sure to anger your coworkers and friends!

What other high tech pranks have you pulled before, or seen in action?

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