Broken backlight on laptop screen - Project ideas anyone?

I'm opening up to this lovely community since your creativity never fails to amaze me. I've had a laptop that has been sitting in my closet for about a year (Its a Thinkpad T43 i believe) which was in fair shape until one day it would no longer function, hence the closet bit. I got a little curious when I was digging through clothes and found it again, and played around on it and noticed if you held a light directly on it you could just barely see the screen, so I managed to reinstall windows, hook it up through S-video to my TV, and voila. But I dont use it that much, so I wanted to do some kind of project with it.

I've seen the DIY projectors made form overheads, which would seem like a logical choice since it'd be easy enough with a working screen that has no backlight, but the thing is I already own a projector capable of 720p/1080i so I'm skipping this one.

I've seen people do multi touch with screens before (ie things like http://multitouch.fieryferret.com/2008/04/finished-table.html) .

but I'd want to do something larger. Then there's things like https://www.instructables.com/id/Back-projection-56-inch-multitouch-television./
which are cool, but i dont have the need for something large in that format.

I'd like to do something like a large coffee table with multitouch (like Surface) but I'm not sure how possible that is to do. Here's a rough sketchup of the basic idea (very basic, very rough. I'm at work wiht only access to MSPaint, and should be doing work anyway :) but with the 56 inch they have that mirror setup and I dont think you could do that with something that low to the ground (like a coffee table), correct?

i'd love to hear your thoughts on that, but also.. what do you guys think? Got any good ideas for laptop with just the backlight blown? I dont really need a fileserver, and I have another laptop, so if you guys have any wild ideas out there.. I'm game.

Cheers,
Ian

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i would turn it into a projector
Sandisk1duo9 years ago
Jist fix th backlight! sell it on ebay!