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No iPad? Just Make Your Own!

It’s impressive to watch this timelapse video wherein Liu Xinying builds his own iPad clone from computer parts. 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.

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DIY see-thru tablet

DIY see-thru tablet

Check out this DIY tablet mod from Chinese modster pandepig (google translation). Tear apart a plain vanilla 12″ laptop and stuff it in a clear polycarbonate laptop cover. Then add a touchscreen, controller, secure everything with some spacers, and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent frankenpad. It’s running Windows 7, but I’m sure you could run just about anything on it.

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DIYPad: A4 chip teardown

DIYPad: A4 chip teardown

The folks at iFixIt hired the computer forensics muscle of Chipworks to X-ray, cross-section, grind through, and thoroughly photograph the Apple A4 processor used in the iPad. Here’s some of what they found: * The A4 package has three layers: two layers of RAM (Samsung K4X1G323PE), and one layer containing the actual microprocessor. * This […]

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DIYPad: Programming on the iPad?

DIYPad: Programming on the iPad?

You can program for the iPad, but it’s not trivial: you need to sign up as a developer, write code on a Mac computer using Xcode, and go through the app store approval process. How about cutting out all these steps, including the computer, entirely?

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DIYPad: iFixIt’s iPad teardown debrief

DIYPad: iFixIt’s iPad teardown debrief

Kyle Wiens writes: After flying to Richmond, Virginia and waiting in line all night to buy an iPad, we rushed our precious cargo to an impromptu studio. And took it apart. To our surprise, we found a number of differences between our unit and the FCC review unit that we examined yesterday. The iPad’s design […]

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DIYPad: More discoveries from the iPad teardown

DIYPad: More discoveries from the iPad teardown

– It’s quite the environmentally-friendly device: * Arsenic-free display glass * BFR-free * Mercury-free LCD display * PVC-free * Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure – The display assembly comes off fairly easily, no need for a heat gun! – The main board is secured to the back panel by T3 Torx screws. “We have never […]

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