El Reg reader assembles own iPad
Click here for an iFul of low-cost DIY project
The fanbois out there whose lives have become a meaningless succession of days to be crossed off the calendar until the release of Apple's paradigm-busting iPad will be delighted to learn that they can fill the void by assembling their very own future of computing.
And here's the proof, courtesy of visibly-fulfilled reader Craig Johnston:
The low-cost DIY iPad comes as two PNG files, created by Jess Silverstone of Revolutionary Concepts, and available down at Mac Rumors. The site explains that each face of the iPad "can fit on standard A4 (8.3 x 11.7 inches) paper, but your printer has to be capable of borderless printing to achieve close to actual iPad dimensions".
Revolutionary Concepts notes that the "ipaperpad" is not simply a stop-gap piece of gratification for worshippers at the altar of Jobs, but that the six it's glued together to date are "actually helping us with the scale of graphics and UI placement for our upcoming iPad apps". ®
Is that what one looks like?
The Mac user I mean. Not the iPad.
Does it come with apps? ... now it does...
The creators of this have missed a trick here.
Simply by glueing the artwork onto the front and back covers of a pad of paper, and with the simple addition of an 'iPencil', it comes with apps already built in for making notes, drawing pictures, keeping track of contact details, doing simple calculations....
In fact, just as useful as a real iPad - probably more so since the apps aren't limited to what Apple allows you to use.
...with the addition of post-it notes, its also capable of multi-tasking, and by adding one of those doohickies from musical birthday cards, its also capableof playing music while you work too.
So it just proves that building your own machine is better than buying an Apple ;O)
Damn good idea
I have to admit I'm not an iFan but even I was tempted to sample the latest offering from Jesus Central and, wow, it's impressive!
It's fully drop-resistant - no, I mean it: I gave it the heave-ho from the multi-story car park here and it's still functioning (sure, it's rough around the edges but all my data's intact and that's the main thing)
The battery life has to be seen to be believed! Mine's showing no signs of fade after a full days' use.
Viewing angle: In a word: superb - but a word of caution - use the 'B' stylus to get the full effect
Virus-free. While I've been unable to test this fully, we all know Macs are fairly resilient anyway - but this has resisted all attempts to get at the data electronically. Having fewer I/O ports than the Air might have something to do with this, now I think about it.
Whisper it quietly but this is showing all the promise the iPhad would kill to have! Thanks for the head-up, Lester! When's the formal review due out?
I believe it's what's commonly known as...
Look it up.