On May 7, 1:21 am, Shawn McCombs <0theifda...
> So what I am thinking of is taking something like the beagle or pi,
> attaching a touch screen/lcd, rechargeable battery system, maybe wifi,
> building a case and have it run some type of decent looking os. A 32gb
> sdcard would be fine. Also some usb ports would be awesome. Any ideas?
Build a case? Nah. I have an old Toughbook CF-17 that you're welcome
to. Magnesium-alloy case including the lid, hand strap, shoulder
strap, rubber covers on all the ports, 800x600 resistive touchscreen,
6-cell battery which needs a rebuild, 80%-size keyboard that you will
fall in love with. The mobo in it is pathetic (p3-700, 192MB max RAM),
but the chassis is surprisingly spacious and has aspirations of future
relevance. The touch controller has an open-source driver, but last I
checked it hadn't been updated for kernel 2.6. I don't know what
signals the screen wants, and it's pretty low-res by today's
standards, but on the other hand, it'll withstand a direct fist blow
and is rated to operate well below freezing, where most screens become
totally useless. I might also have a sunlight-viewable version of the
display panel that you could swap in.
It would please me greatly to see this old beast get a new lease on
life. I've long imagined that if I woke up tomorrow with a copy of
Altium and Krunal's skillset, I'd spend the next several months
building a modern "sliders to the right" motherboard for this chassis.
A total DIY hacked-up transplant would be even cooler.
I have tons of spare parts too, batteries, keyboards, offline battery
charger, etc. Actually have several copies of this chassis, since the
cf-m34 is on the same platform and I've owned a few of those too. Hit
me off-list if you're interested in checking it out.
> I don't mind if it's thicker just not as long.
Must... not... say... it.... aaaaaaaaaaagh!