Build your own pen display with, just add digitizer and LCD

The folks at have a great URL, but they might be pushing the definition of “DIY” to the edge with their DIY Cintiq proposal. They supply an acrylic enclosure to house your homemade Cintiq and you supply the LCD and fully assembled digitizer to build your own pen input display.

The result looks slick but I don’t know if it’s really DIY. It’s not quite like buying a barebones PC system. Rather, it’s more like an all-in-one desktop case in which you add your own monitor and another PC. Still, the final product looks way prettier than duct taping an LCD between a Wacom pen tablet and a piece of glass.

My big concern would be the pen detection range. Cintiqs and Tablet PC digitizers are designed to have an LCD and screen in the way, but the Intuos and others are not. Hover might be a little tight.

Via Engadget

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. This looks pretty interesting. However I do question just what horrendous trauma this will inflict on the battery life when plugged into a laptop. The Cintiqs require a separate power source, and a regular screenless Intuos 4 already cuts my Macbooks battery life by 1/4th. I don’t even want to think how much power the added display would consume. Granted it won’t be much of a problem if you have a AC outlet handy, but normally I don’t have that luxury.

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