Look ma, no keyboard!

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM |
Tagged: DIY, dual screen, nifty

Anitomicals C is a inventive computer enthusiast who has built his own version of Microsoft's large PixelSense workspace (once called Surface); a dual touchscreen desktop machine.  It looks like a laptop in that it folds closed but packs desktop components, with graphics handled by a proper GTX 1080 and with a server PSU hidden inside.  At 10kg (22lbs) it is a bit heavy to carry around daily but certainly portable. He has designed it in such a way that input peripherals are superfluous, for those who do not need them or cannot use them.

Check out the quick overview at Hackaday and click through to the build video if you are so inclined.

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"He freely admits that it is a prototype and proof of concept, and that is obvious from its large size and extensive use of desktop components. But he has brought it together in a very tidy Perspex case serving as an interesting class in creating a portable computer with well-chosen desktop components, even though with no battery it does not pretend to fit the same niche as a laptop."

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Source: Hackaday

January 16, 2019 | 02:18 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

IF he had used touch screen displays instead of regular cheap-o's, it definitely would have been a much more interesting device. As it is(or was) cool concept, but too bad it didn't last him very long.

January 17, 2019 | 05:30 AM - Posted by othertomperson (not verified)

Why on earth would you use premium parts in a diy proof of concept device?

This concept could be a game-changer for disabled people

January 17, 2019 | 12:45 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Because he could? I mean I wish I had them lying around all over the place and could just do that too.  Apparently he picked up a bunch off of a disappointed miner and went with it.

I totally agree this would be perfect for disabled users and using an APU so you avoid needing the space and cooling for the discrete GPU would make it far more portable.

January 16, 2019 | 11:53 PM - Posted by Flibble (not verified)

I've actually been thinking of building a portable desktop case with a built in screen and I'm sure you can build one which has the width of a 17.3" screen at about 15 litres.

If you use a shorter length gpu I think you could build a case with the width of a 15.6" display.

If you keep the component part of the case under 8cm you can fit a sfx psu plus a decent low profile cooler on the motherboard. It would also be a good idea to use a flexible riser and have the gpu facing up for better cooling.

The issue I'm having is that I can't seem to find a controller board for any 120/144Hz 15.6" or 17.3" displays.

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