Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Jan 2014 15:18 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

About a year and a half ago, I engaged on an admittedly quixotic project to build my own laptop. By I, I mean we, namely Sean "xobs" Cross and me, bunnie. Building your own laptop makes about as much sense as retrofitting a Honda Civic with a 1000hp motor, but the lack of practicality never stopped the latter activity, nor ours.

Quite, quite amazing.

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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by jockm on Wed 8th Jan 2014 18:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
jockm
Member since:
2012-12-22

Anyone can just take off the shelf boards and slam them together into the semblance of a laptop. Which is what the pizza box is. It is a cool hack, but it a far cry from what Bunnie and Xobs did.

They designed a completely bespoke system, the laid out the PCBs, manufactured them, etc. The DDR3 interface alone isn't for the faint of heart; not to mention everything else they did.

Frankly the only thing that is crude about the the laptop in this story is the case.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

That the thing, go to all that effort and not bother with possibly the easiest part to manufacture.

Edited 2014-01-08 19:04 UTC

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Least important part. A pretty case would look pretty, but without the electronics, it's pointless.

i.e. this is a "Web development" vs "Back office service development" type of scenario.

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