Putting an LCD on a stalk

So thinking about ergonomics, I have this idea in my head of computer monitor that's a really light-weight screen on a stalk, like a bendy metal thing that you can position wherever you want so that it's at eye level and you can type without bending your neck all day looking at a laptop screen. The monitor would be wireless and would have a heavy base like a microphone stand so you could position it anywhere and then hang the screen in front of your eyes, whether you're on the couch or a chair or bed or a desk.

But then I was thinking "You know, my laptop's LCD is not that heavy. I wonder if I could just put a stalk on it." :)

Seems like the main problem would be lengthening the LCD cable. Does anyone know anything about the cables?

Better cable pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/56868697@N00/tags/lcd/ (I don't know why Instructables imported them at such low resolution without any descriptions.)

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Hmmm, perhaps you could steal cables from other monitors and solder them together into one long cable. Then, steal the bendy bit from a gooseneck lamp and thread the cable down that, and glue or screw it down.
endolith (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
Hehe. I need to see what the connector on the other end of the cable is then.
I've seen monitor cables up to 10ft available, but they use a VGA/HD-15 connectors. You could use them on an external monitor, probably not the special connector used on a laptop display connection. If you were feeling ambitious, however, you could simply snip off the connector and splice in longer wires. My main worry would be signal degradation--I've heard that you're not supposed to run DVI or HDMI cables more than about 10ft, or line losses will cause the signal to deteriorate and give a distorted picture. I don't think that analog (VGA) has the same issues, but I don't know if a laptop connection would be analog or VGA. Attached is an image of a display connector from an old Toshiba laptop that I parted out. It'll be tricky to find an extension for this plug.
Hi,thanks for posting the picture of this connector,I was given an Xerox lcd monitor that had the internal monitor to pc cable cut off an I could not find a cable that had twentyfour wires till you said what you did,that gave me the idea to try an HD.connector,it states that it has twenty four wires so I should be lucky,keep up the good posts, MAC.
Actually. now that I look at that, it looks like an ATA plug. I wonder if ATA extensions are available?
its alot smaller than one of those, ALOT.
No you don't. Cut the cord in the middle and splice in extra lengths of the cord. :)
endolith (author)  Lithium Rain9 years ago
Do you realize how much work that would be? There are 88 pins on that connector, and the wires are tiny. It would be much better to just buy a longer cable or connect multiple cables to each other.
I'm trying to help you...you asked now to do it, and I'm telling you one possible solution!
endolith (author) 9 years ago
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