While Eee PC users wait to see whether the Aeeeris Tablet kit which will let them turn an Eee PC 701 into a tablet style computer ever materializes, it looks like at least one Acer Aspire One User has figured out how to build a cheap tablet PC out of his netbook.

There’s not much in the way of information at the moment, but there are a series of photos of the homemade UMPC over at the TodoUMPC forums. It looks like a full article with instructions could be coming soon.

It looks like the designer basically took an Acer Aspire One, swapped out the display for a cheap 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen and somehow flipped the screen so that it lives where you’d normally expect to see a keyboard. That means you won’t be able to type on this machine. But it shouldn’t be that hard to install an on-screen keyboard, or even a custom Linux distro (like Ubuntu Mobile) which comes with one preloaded. For now it looks like the builder is running Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

via Mobility Site

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3 replies on “Acer Aspire One retooled as a tablet-style UMPC”

  1. or you could simply use a USB keyboard and not even worry about using a crappy on screen keyboard….

  2. He probably did not swap out the display… he just got a touch screen panel (he has a photo of the kit) to lay over the existing LCD.

    Yeah, I did not notice at first, but the keyboard is gone. I am wondering how this will affect the cooling of the device since the keyboard is the heat sink. One solution might be to keep the fan on all the time. I think the new Gigabyte convertible netbook does that.

    All in all though… I like it though!

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