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Planning The GuilleAcoustic design thread

Discussion in 'Modding' started by GuilleAcoustic, 23 Mar 2011.

  1. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    Thanks for the advise about the 2105. This is a PC aimed at professionnal coding, but the higher igp might help with dual screens.

    Seams like you're an ITX addict, so am I :thumb:.
     
  2. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Less fan, more heat pipe and heat sink. :D It's perfect for it!
     
  3. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    A little metaversa 2.0 would be perfect on my desk at work :p

    EDIT : OMG, I just discovered that the Intel DH61AG board has both a eVD and a LVDS connectors

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    Do you see what I'm thinking about ? (psssss, I'd love a 7" flipup LCD fitted inside a slim tray under the chassis, would be nice for monitoring/remote unix console) ... kinda like that :

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  4. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    Ok guys,

    here is a small update concerning the VLDS screen. I found a nice device with google (7" capacitive 800x480 TFT screen), so I did play a little with sketchup during my break and here is the result :

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    The overall size of the chassis remains unchanged. The flipup screen is located under the mobo, and luckily there's enough space to fit a SSD. I didn't have my SU files at work, so I made a quick one just for testing purpose.

    Hope you like the idea. Next step : the opening mechanism :dremel:.

    EDIT : This flipup screen will have multiple use (display for a USB oscilloscope, shortcut to launch softwares, monitoring, remote shell console, debuger, media controller, etc.)

    Stay tuned.
     
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  5. jrs77

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    Really nice idea with the flip-up screen :thumb:

    Also, the board is very interesting as it has a built-in PSU just like my Zotac IONITX A-E. And with the two mini PCIe-ports you can have WLAN and a SSD onboard and use a normal 2.5" HDD for storage. €115 isn't even expensive for that board I'd say.

    Oh... and with the 4x PCIe-slot, I'd even be able to throw a TV-card into the mix...

    Damn now I'm starting to think about a new all-in-one HTPC with touchscreen myself :duh:
     
  6. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    Thanks.

    This is coming closer and closer to my HTPC design :D. This could make a perfect devel studio I could move everywhere. Plus the touch screen would be a nice addition for electronic play time :lol:.

    I damn know this feeling. This happens to me each time I read a thread on this forum :wallbash:
     
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  7. jrs77

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    Intel® DH61AG = €112
    Intel® Core™ i3-2105 = €115
    Kingston HyperX SO-DIMM 4 GB DDR3-1333 Kit = €42
    Intel® 310series mSATA SSD 40 GB = €80
    TP-LINK TL-WN861N (300 Mbps mSATA WLAN half-height) = €14
    Hauppauge WinTV HVR-5500 = €138
    open frame 8.0" (16:9) TFT = €300

    All in all = €800 for the hardware plus maybe another €100 for the case.

    Can't say that this isn't tempting :worried:
     
  8. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    I'd really like to see a design contest around the ITX form factor ... Bill, Nexxo, Combatus pssss pssss
     
  9. jrs77

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    /signed :rock:
     
  10. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    I think I'll take a look at the RC spare parts store to buy some gears and high torque stepper motor this week-end. Time to play with my ol' mecano boxes :D
     
  11. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    If I can find a sponsor (will check with Bill in a bit) I may run another case design contest.. hell if people are happy with a socket AM2+ Abit board as a prize I could run one now! Aurora Design Studio sponsored :D And yes I will compete this time. ITX designs only though!

    Guille - you go through more case designs than I do!
     
  12. jrs77

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    I was thinking about sponsoring a contest myself aswell, but then I coulcn't compete in it myself :sigh:

    You don't wanna know how many SU-stuff I've got lying around... Didn't post it though as I'm one of those not posting stuff before I can't really build it too :geek:
     
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    You can compete - its a community decided winner :)
     
  14. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    @Confusis :

    AM2+ .... there's always something to build around every bit of hardware .... retro gaming arcade cabinet, DIY video projector with built-in PC, file/web server, etc.

    Why not a contest around this Abit AM2+ board, the best concept/way-to-use-it win the board :thumb: :lol:

    @JRS77 :

    I agree with you with posting only ready to build stuff. I do the exact opposite, I like to design even if it is not 100% ready or won't even be built. I do that to kill time and release the pressure from my job. I post everything here in case it could give some idea to other members.

    By the way, I wanted to say something to all the BT members who follow this thread. My designs are here so that you can use it. Just drop me a message :). I received several messages asking me permission to build some designs of mines ... don't be shy, feel free to use them, just let me know and open a thread in the project logs :thumb:.

    The only thing I demand : non commercial use only ... :D

    EDIT : While I'm thinking about it, I found a nice french website to buy laptop replacement screen

    http://www.ecrans-direct.fr/accueil.shtml

    They are not very expensive. I'm looking at this lovely Toshiba/Matsushita 8" 1600x768 screen

    http://www.ecrans-direct.fr/Toshiba_Matsushita--LT080EE04000--8.0-uwxga--ecran-portable.shtml
     
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    Hi guys,

    I just found a cool stuff : http://usb.brando.com/rii-mini-i6-wireless-mini-keyboard-with-ir-remote_p02470c034d015.html

    They make really cool small sized USB/wireless keybord. This could be a nice addition and could be hidden somewhere and serve as a remote for HTPC use or nomad keyboard + touchpad for engineering use (like a lab computer/oscilloscope) when no extern screen available.

    Thus this little box will include both a 8" 1600x768 in-dash + flip-up screen and a USB/wireless keyboard+touchepad / remote. With only a single powercord and no external device, you'll have a fully working computer (OK, laptop do the same with bigger screen and keyboard and have a battery .... but let's be honest .... it's far less cool :D).
     
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    Nice product and not very expensive.

    I did work on the in-dash flip-up mechanism today. Here is the solution I found (probably the easier for me to build). It basically relies on a fix rail :

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    and here is a simulation of the motion :

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    I'll make an animated render to show it. What do you think of it ?
     
  18. confusis

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    Motorized? Looks like it could work - Just trying to think if the design could be 'slimmed down' to suit w/ the SFF side of things?
     
  19. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    Yup, it'll be motorized. I found several high-torque slim line stepper motors (aimed at robotics). They are 12V power ... what a luck :D.

    Now the big optimize-everything time is coming. I'm right now modeling all this things under Maya and will play with reactor to have REAL physic simulation.

    I'm trying to find a way to slow the motion when the lcd is almost opened/closed.

    If someone have any ideas (ultrawave sensor, magnetic sensor, etc) ...
     
  20. confusis

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    maybe a microswitch + relay so the circuit gets thrown over to a circuit that uses a resistor or whatnot in it for slower movement. keeps you from having to program the speed decrease into the motor control chip?
     

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