Hack Your MSI Wind Netbook Into An Ipad

Hack Your MSI Wind Netbook Into An Ipad

Range Govindan
Mar 15, 2010

Well, that's not exactly true. We've uncovered a hack that allows enterprising DIY enthusiasts to transform their old MSI netbook into a tablet. With over 120,000 iPad pre-ordered on the first day, there are a lot of people waiting for their iPad, which is why we thought that this was pretty interesting.

You probably know a lot of people who have pre-ordered Apple's iPad. Even with the unfortunate name, people are flocking to this new device. If you can't wait for it, and you've got an MSI Wind hanging around, you can just hack it so that it becomes a fully working tablet.

This is kind of a Franken-tablet, meaning that it's cobbled together from another computer. Alex Bates removed the keyboard and integrated a touchscreen display on the bottom half of the MSI Wind's screen. He kind of hacked it into a working tablet. He's using a Hackintosh build of OS X to get that iPad feeling. On top of that, he's got a lot more storage space, a faster processor, better VGA output, a webcam, USB ports, and even a built-in card reader.

What I think people will be most interested in is the fact that you can build an iPad with 10 times the storage, twice the speed, external video (VGA), webcam, USB ports, and built-in multi card reader, all for $350. Isn't that EXACTLY what hundreds of thousands of people have been wishing for since the first day the iPad was announced?

For now, Bates is exploring ways to create a custom enclosure, either using carbon fiber or aluminum. We think that it's a great idea and we're looking forward to seeing the full DIY tutorial.

[Insanely Wind via Ubergizmo, photos by Alex Bates]

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