hp mini 1000 tablet

Tired of waiting for the mythical Apple tablet or Michael Arrington’s CrunchPad to hit the streets? MyHPMini forum member timm.mcc has another option: just rip the display off an HP Mini 1000, add a touch panel, tuck the guts underneath, and you’ve got yourself a cheap Intel Atom-based tablet.

Right now, the project is still a work in progress. He doesn’t actually have the touchscreen in hand yet, and all he’s done is demonstrated that the screen still works after the keyboard is removed and the display is flipped around.

This is hardly the first netbook-to-tablet hack I’ve seen. But it is one of the first I’m aware of involving the HP Mini 1000.

You can check out a video of the project so far after the break.

via Tablets for the Net

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12 replies on “1 HP Mini 1000 – 1 keyboard = HP Mini tablet”

  1. Which main board is smaller, the one of the MacBook Air or the one of the Mac mini? I guess the smaller one could be used to build the ultimate light (400 g or so) and small (pocketable) full Mac, much as the Axiotron ModBook, but as light and small (pocketable) as the OQO model 2+:

    https://www.axiotron.com
    https://www.oqo.com

    Is that possible with video-out and USB2 port? That would be awesome for Keynote and PowerPoint presentations, because even the MacBook Air is too heavy and too large. So, you make the presentation on the larger Mac, and then use the pocketable one for the classroom, meeting, home, etc for the video presentation.

    Thanks.

    1. Yes, the mini 1000 is the best for hackintosh. I’m running it on mine right now and everything works great.

      1. Thanks. The Dell Mini 9/Vostro A90 seems the best hackintosh:

        https://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/12/17/osx-netbook-compatib.html

        But I was not asking about it because those netbooks are too heavy and too large. I was asking about the possibility of using the MacBook Air main board to make a brand new pocketable hackintosh that is both light (400 g or so) and pocketable with much smaller screen (as small as the OQO or so). Thanks.

        1. I would be quite surprised if you could come anywhere close to the form factor of an OQO without a custom mainboard.

          Have you considered an HTC Touch Pro 2 phone? It has native 800×480 resolution, video out (with a $15 cable), and can show Powerpoint presentations. The downsides are that it runs Windows Mobile, and does not support USB hosting.

          1. Thanks. I do not want exactly the same OQO form factor; it was just an example. I mean a Mac with the main board of the MacBook air, but much lighter and smaller, without hard disk, keyboard (being a tablet), etc.

            I need true Mac OS X. The PowerPoint presentations on Mac get destroyed on Windows, and vice versa (I mean, broken backgrounds, tables, fonts, colors, etc — just horrible).

          2. Sorry, I don’t know enough about Macs to be able to help you with that aspect.

            One other thing that you could try: I know some people who do presentations using PDF files, which will carry all of the formatting across more or less perfectly. You can’t edit slides on the fly or use flying transitions and such, but if all you need are static slides, Adobe Reader can do a surprisingly decent job of running a presentation.

            That would allow you to use pretty much any system that meets your hardware specs, including an actual OQO.

          3. Thanks. The problem is that I need such transitions and animations. Exporting as movie is not convenient either because it is hard to control as a slide presentation.

  2. Isn’t the hp mini one of the best netbooks for OSX compatibility?

    And can’t they have bluetooth?

    The Apple Tablet exists!

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