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DIYPad_badge.jpgAdmittedly, this isn’t the most practical solution for getting your hands on a tablet computer, but it’s impressive to watch this timelapse video wherein Liu Xinying builds his own iPad clone from computer parts. Here’s part 2, where he shows the finished build. It appears as though the tablet is running Windows XP, skinned to look like Mac OS X. Liu demos the tablet with web browsing, Google Earth, and a iBooks-like application. It’s a slick build, but I think I have a lot to learn before I could possibly attempt an endeavor like this. [via Dale]

14 thoughts on “No iPad? Just Make Your Own!

  1. Bit points for style and execution. Minus points for the sound track. It would be cool to know what sort of netbook he started from or if it was just a jumble of scavenged parts. That’s a lot of effort to put in to the build when you could just put the decals on one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0VHSCrxT2Y and call it a day. Still pretty dang cool. Reminds me of some of Ben Heckerdorn’s builds.

  2. Bit points for style and execution. Minus points for the sound track. It would be cool to know what sort of netbook he started from or if it was just a jumble of scavenged parts. That’s a lot of effort to put in to the build when you could just put the decals on one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0VHSCrxT2Y and call it a day. Still pretty dang cool. Reminds me of some of Ben Heckerdorn’s builds.

    1. From the size I’d guess he started with normal notebook parts. He could have slimmed it down with netbook parts or with some all-in-one board but I have a feeling he used a full notebook intentionally – perhaps for hardware specs or perhaps just because he had one lying around. The biggest technical hurdle of the build looks to be the touch screen, but it may be one of those touch screens that just adapts to internal USB so I’m not really sure. All in all a gorgeous build, you have to admit.

  3. Bit points for style and execution. Minus points for the sound track. It would be cool to know what sort of netbook he started from or if it was just a jumble of scavenged parts. That’s a lot of effort to put in to the build when you could just put the decals on one of these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0VHSCrxT2Y and call it a day. Still pretty dang cool. Reminds me of some of Ben Heckerdorn’s builds.

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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