Turn a Monitor into a Drawing Tablet and mount it in desk

I'm rebuilding my entire basement office this summer and I've had an idea for a really cool tablet substitute.  I'd love to be able to mount a monitor in my desk and get an overlay for it to allow for me to use a tablet pen on it.  I have a vague idea of how I want to do it, but I'm hoping that you guys can help me come up with a sturdy way of mounting it in the desk and where I can get an overlay that isn't touch sensitive (this is going to have my hands on it when I'm typing, then when I need the tablet function, I'll move my keyboard over), but responds to a pen.

Thanks for helping!

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silentbogo2 years ago

If you are looking for non-expensive solution, try a large resistive touch overlay.

I've used one of the smaller USB overlays a while ago with my EEE PC, but I've seen panels up to 22" for relatively low price(~$80.00)

Another way around is to make a huge projection screen inside a table, add a webcam (with removed IR filter) and use a bunch of IR LEDs or lasers for optical targeting.


look into a graphics tablet, Wacom is a good brand.


daboys (author)  thematthatter2 years ago

I actually have a drawing tablet already. While I like the idea of it, I'd prefer to have the monitor mounted in my desk. I've had the idea for a while, and I've slowly been working on a solution for it. Also, a monitor in a desk looks way cooler than a tablet.

Rhaenon daboys2 years ago

When you figure out a way, definitely make an I'ble out of it! I would be very interested how to do such a thing and since I was planning on building my own desk as well this could work out great.

For the screen, you could maybe use a lcd screen from a laptop with a module that makes it into an external screen? Extremely flat that way.

daboys (author)  Rhaenon2 years ago

I might just use the laptop screen idea. For now, the project has been put on hold. I will definitely resume my research when I have more time and money to spend on it. And I will definitely document the project.

I bulit a smart board with a wii remote a while back, It worth a look


daboys (author)  liquidhandwash2 years ago

I love the idea of building this with a wiimote, though I didn't see much about compatibility with a Mac and my main desktop is a Mac Pro.

your right, I used windows.

caitlinsdad2 years ago

Did you want to do this https://www.instructables.com/id/mount-a-2nd-displa...

or create some kind of Cintiq display? I don't know if you can get that interface separately or if available, in high resolution with pressure sensitivity. Look into the HP Sprout system, that might give you some ideas. Good luck.