Monday, May 31, 2010

Parts List

Many of you want to know about the parts I used to build this. Here they are with prices (not including shipping). The total build price is $652. This doesn't include the new battery pack I am building which cost about $65 and should double the battery life.

1. Motherboard and screen from MSI X320 - $333

2. Resistive Touch Screen - $65

3. Intel 40GB SSD - $97

4. Port USB Hub - $8

5. Accelerometer (ActionXL Wired Controller) - $20

6. USB Wireless Adapter - $30

7. USB Bluetooth Adapter - $15

8. Carbon Fiber Kit - $89

51 comments:

  1. This is SO cool and a really nice rival to the iPad. But what are your primary use for it?

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  2. Guna post instructions so we can make one at home?

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  3. have you thought using MeeGo instead of win7?

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  4. 1. How did you get the virtual keyboard, did you install any software.

    2. Can you show how you added a resistive screen to the monitor?

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  5. this needs a DVD drive and card reader and it would be perfect.

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  6. Looks GOOD! But can it be HACKINTOSHED?

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  7. Just an idea. If you want a much better LCD than the LCD that ships with the X320 and 99% of other laptops these days, consider replacing it by the Hydis HV133WX1 LCD. Still LED backlit, same resolution and size - but AFFS (IPS variant) which implies high color fidelity and wide viewing angles.

    Otherwise, very cool! :)

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  8. Sorry my fault, the 13.4" is 16:9 while the one i mentioned above is 16:10. Bummer. Just ignore.

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  9. 1) How hot does it run?
    2) Is it multi-touch capable?

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  10. Also, does it have a camera?

    BTW, that thing looks awesome. Great Job!

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  11. ya if we can get some instructions I woudlnt mind giving it try just some ruff instructions

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  12. Here are some answers:

    - I would not put MeeGo on this as that was designed for 10.1" screens and I highly doubt it has driver support that makes customizations like this possible.

    - So far I haven't had any heat issues. It does have a CPU fan and opening on the side for air ventilation.

    - DVD drive? I haven't used on of those since USB drives came around. I highly doubt you will ever see a true tablet with a DVD drive.

    - The virtual keyboard comes standard with Win 7

    - Single touch, not multi-touch

    - No camera as I have no use for one. If I want to take a picture I'll use my Canon 5D Mk II.

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  13. This whole concept of building your own tablet is unbelievably incredible. You have gotta post some sort of rough instructions for this build. I've been in the market for a tablet for a while now....but this...this has just opened a door for me. Very cool!

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  14. Fresh! @cricabrasil

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  15. Awesome.. just proves how crippled the iPad is. Great work, probably you should start building those beautiful gadgets for a profit.

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  16. This is my dream machine IF you had a webcam and Skype capability.
    Any chance your design could accommodate these ad-ons?

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  17. Bloody hell, I can't believe you didn't do one photo showing the casing being built with all the electronic guts hanging out.

    Would be more believable then...

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  18. A how-to-build-it guide would be great. Did you just disconnect the screen and flip it around and replace the keyboard and other pieces on the front with it? If so then what did you do with the power button? Do the side ports still work?

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  19. Very innovative and impressive! I would also love to see some rough instructions.

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  20. Oh - You took apart a laptop? Again, very innovative.

    I have another question - thanks for the source for the resistive touch screen, by the way.

    What on earth is the accelerometer for?

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  21. A camera would be for skype, it would be really nice if you included it in the design...

    Looks good thou...

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  22. Why have you included USB dongles for wifi and bluetooth when according to the link for the laptop on ebay, it comes with wifi and BT?

    I'm just curious.

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  23. i don't care so much of the parts or what OS you decided to use. Can you take pictures of the inside of the wiring?

    http://www.insidemylaptop.com/disassemble-modify-asus-eee-pc/

    kinda this... so i can do it too =D

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  24. wow omg dude thanks for responding i think you started a revolution lol but on important question, i see that your tablet is 13.4 inch while the link for the touch screen is 15 inch... what happened to the rest

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  25. Just start building it yourself...

    Contact the Chinese and get them on the case. You'll have a multi-million dollar company in no time!

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  26. Wow, this is indeed amazing and I'm quite sure I'll have to try this over the coming summer holidays. If you could post a tutorial and/or more information, that would of course be great.
    However, I can see that writing a detailed tutorial might take more time then the build itself. Maybe you could just highlight important things that might be missed or problems you ran into while building it (so we can avoid those).

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  27. Did you just take apart the laptop and flip the screen around, adding the resistive touch screens and various dongles before wrapping it all up in carbon fibre?

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  28. Hey, Great Job! Like others have said, a quick build guide would be awesome, but I suppose making one takes months by itself. On the other hand, you should definitely patent what you can and then sell it on eBay or something.

    Regardless, I was looking at the parts and it said you used a resistive touch screen, which only supports single touch. I was wondering why not use a capacitative screen, like one from:

    http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSearch/dksus.dll?vendor=0&keywords=3M5745-ND

    Windows 7 does support some multi-touch gestures natively, and the screen may be more responsive.

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  29. I would assume the reason for the single touch screen is to reduce cost. Those Capacitative screens are much more expensive.

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  30. Without pictures and a few steps I doubt you did this yourself. Probably stole it from Bizzaro Genius Baby.

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  31. Damn some of these comments are lame. Good job man this is pretty sweet.

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  32. Good job, man... Take it from someone who has tried similar stuff, this is quite brilliant... Don't let the comments from couple of the knuckleheads (eg Thomas) dissuade you...

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  33. I found a discount code for www.virtualvillage.com its VVN392R so you can get the Touch Screen even cheaper

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  34. you guys make it sound like a great invention,

    its no big deal, it just requires some work,

    if you can make the mold. everything else is easy, just get a mobo off your laptop, use the laptop screen and buy a resistive screen to put over it, or a multitouch one, you can use normal hdd that came twith the laptop etc, like i said its no big deal, still its very cool and i might think off building one myself

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  35. Did you use the 15" widescreen or normal 15"?
    Also do you think this laptop would be suitable
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ADVENT-VERONA-250GB-HDD-CELERON-3GB-NETBOOK-WIN-7-13-3-/230508376029?pt=UK_Computing_Laptops_EH&hash=item35ab5eafdd#ht_2716wt_1137
    ?

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  36. How do you control the screen position with the accelerometer?

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  37. Hello,

    First, very good job : your project is amazing !

    I'm about to buy the same touch screen, but I have a question. As I'm going to write on the screen with a stylus, I would like to know if it is precise enough, for example, to write on it just like on a paper sheet ?

    Thanks,

    Mamamamu

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  38. I believe your invention is the key to a Prov. patented idea I've had since 2007. I would love to discuss with you more in detail of what it is. can you contact me at cmerritt3@gmail.com This is amazing. Great work.

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  39. It looks fantastic! Currently I'm also building one: http://www.bloggen.be/diy_tablet/

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  40. Would you by any chance no where to buy an OEM panel? Not one from an old laptop, but an OEM panel anywhere from 5-7 inches wide screen? Get back to me, thanks.

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  41. How did you make the mold for the carbon fiber casing?

    I'm working on a similar build and I'm kinda stuck on that part of the build.

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  42. do you now if i can use a beter ssd and put a ext. fan on the back with a cd drive in it and a beter graphic card in it to play pc games on the go ? a dissembul video would be very appreacitve would you consider these upgrades for it could i use a diffrent mother board and can it be from a desk top per haps or beter + do you think i could get a 1 terabite in it for memory or 500 gb hard drive ?

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  43. @Jerome and justfoschool
    If you look at the pics, it looks like he used the bottom part for the body of a laptop and sealed it together with the carbon fiber. For the mother drive, hard drive and disk drive upgrades, I think you're better off keeping the disc drive external because it's bulky and hardly used these days (just get digital copies or make disc rips to keep it out of the tablet so you can reduce size and weight) for the mother board, stay with laptop parts because they're designed for minimalistic size while maintaining almost identical performance to a desktop. But for the hard drive I'm pretty sure you can rewire in a bigger one but honestly why don't you go with flash drives? They're faster, lighter and have fairly large storage capacities ex. Micro sds are now 32 gb

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  44. any idea if we can intergrate a microphone and camera? that would be awesome!

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  45. $652? You can get an Ipad for $499.
    This chinese tech built one for less than $130.
    http://www.winrumors.com/chinese-student-builds-windows-7-tablet-for-just-125/

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  46. @ Anonymous - I started building this before the iPad was even announced...and at that time Windows tablets were $2000+. Also, you must not understand the concept of DIY. It's all about the accomplishment of building something yourself.

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  47. Can I also use the accelerometer in a Wii Nunchuk, or is it not the same thing?

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  48. @ Dani - I don't know how you would connect the accelerometer that's in a nunchuck. You'd be better off just buying a cheap USB accelerometer.

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