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  • ihicks16 commented on ihicks16's instructable Touch Screen Smart Coffee Table Tablet7 months ago
    Touch Screen Smart Coffee Table Tablet

    I would say probably not. While the touch screen overlay does not use much processing power, the old Ibooks weren't setup for touch screen use so you may have a hard time getting the drivers for the overlay to work. Newer systems come with pre-installed generic drivers and are better designed for touch support. There are cheap computers out there that use 3x more processing power than the old G4s. I recommend looking for one of those. But with that said, if you get committed to this type of project, I would budget for a newer system, but older the overlay first and try it on the G4. If it works, then you just saved some money, and if not, at least you budgeted for it. Good luck.

    That is a tricky question as I made several different upgrades and changes during the process. So I will give you two prices. A full break down of my actual costs and a rebuild cost (if I were to make it again knowing what I learned the first time.)Actual costs Overlay $250 (for 20 point touch, could save $ by using a 10 point touch)40" tv $235 (refurbished Samsung, I was considering a 32")Computer $0 (I already had one)Wifi adapter $25 (pc didn't have one installed)USB speakers $10 (Amazon speakers, could save $ by using tv speakers)Wood $110 (2 trips back to home depot for redesign)Wood stain $40 (bought 2 cans, wasn't happy with the first color I bought)Power strip $10Cables $0 (Already had cables lying around)Keyboard $0 (already had one)Torsion hinges x2 $40 (next time w...

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    That is a tricky question as I made several different upgrades and changes during the process. So I will give you two prices. A full break down of my actual costs and a rebuild cost (if I were to make it again knowing what I learned the first time.)Actual costs Overlay $250 (for 20 point touch, could save $ by using a 10 point touch)40" tv $235 (refurbished Samsung, I was considering a 32")Computer $0 (I already had one)Wifi adapter $25 (pc didn't have one installed)USB speakers $10 (Amazon speakers, could save $ by using tv speakers)Wood $110 (2 trips back to home depot for redesign)Wood stain $40 (bought 2 cans, wasn't happy with the first color I bought)Power strip $10Cables $0 (Already had cables lying around)Keyboard $0 (already had one)Torsion hinges x2 $40 (next time would probably add a 3rd hinge) Soft close hinge $40 (not sure how much these helped)Total project $760Project if built from scratch (Rebuild)Overlay $120 (10 point)40" tv $235 (refurbished Samsung) Computer $120 (PC stick works, I tried it on a smaller test system)Wifi adapter $0 (comes with PC stick)Speakers $0 (The tv speakers sound pretty good using HDMI)Wood $50 (Better planning on design)Wood stain $20 (Apparently you can buy samples at Home Depot)Power strip $10Cables $6 (HDMI)Keyboard $30 (Logitech Wireless, could always buy a cheaper one, but these are my favorite)Torsion hinges x3 $60Total project $651So as you can see my costs weren't that far off. My original goal was to spend around $5-600, but due to a couple of unforeseen changes it went up a little. Still, anything under $800 for a build like this is a reasonable price since something like this costs around $2000 on the commercial market. I am tempted to build a smaller 32" version that doesn't lift up. My guess is it would cost me around $550. Most expensive part being the tv.

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  • ihicks16 commented on ihicks16's instructable Touch Screen Smart Coffee Table Tablet7 months ago
    Touch Screen Smart Coffee Table Tablet

    Interesting approach!

    Excellent. Well please share your experience on here. I am sure Victoriagirl1203 and many others would love to hear about it.

    Thank you for the info. I just checked those out and that does seem like a more sturdy option. I would definitely consider that on my next woodworking project. Thanks for taking the time to view my page.

    Thank you or Teşekkür ederim. (Confession: I used a Turkish translator.) :)

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  • ihicks16 commented on ihicks16's instructable Touch Screen Smart Coffee Table Tablet7 months ago
    Touch Screen Smart Coffee Table Tablet

    Thank you. My kids love this, but fight over it all the time. I might need to make another. :)

    As far as making the table an apple tv, it may not be able to utilize this touch screens drivers. The manufacturer states it works with windows and android. There may be a way to control an apple tv using windows. However I don't own an Apple Tv so I wouldn't know. Sorry.

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