View Full Version : Anyone here make DIY slate computer?

January 8th, 2010, 03:51 PM
Hi I am interested in slate computers. I saw lot of people here make their own desktop computers here. Anyone interested in making DIY slate computers?

Please share your ideas about making one and discuss about the requirements for the slate computers.

Thanks in advance!

January 8th, 2010, 05:17 PM
As soon as you figure out how to get foxconn, samsung etc. to start shipping touchscreen and SOC orders of one, let me know :P

January 8th, 2010, 07:10 PM
I think if I were to try to build a mobile computer it would end up looking something like this...


In reality you'd need at least a mini ITX board and a standalone touchscreen, a small form-factor SSD, and etc. Even that would be too bulky compared to OEM builds.

January 8th, 2010, 07:47 PM

I want one!, where i can buy one?

January 8th, 2010, 08:02 PM
I haven't heard of anything as ambitious as a DIY slate computer, but there are a couple of startup company/community-driven projects that come close.

There's the Touchbook (http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/touchbook/) which is a touchscreen netbook that can be used as a stand-alone tablet/slate computer. The internals are hackable enough that you might be able to copy it (or at the very least mimic it). You'd just need to get the components for it (including a case).

There's also [ur=http://www.open-pandora.org/]OpenPandora[/url], which is more of a hand-held gaming device, but also features a touchscreen. Again, it's based on Beagleboard, with some extra hardware tossed in. There are lots of images and videos of the development boards that you could probably figure out how to make something similar.

I don't think building yourself a slate is the hard part. The hard part is probably going to be getting all the pieces and getting a custom-built case to put it all in. Putting the pieces together is the easy part.