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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



  1. RJ

    03/16/2010 at 12:59 pm

    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.

    • Sumocat

      03/16/2010 at 1:07 pm

      I believe supplying your own LCD means you figure out your own power source too, which would usually mean AC.

  2. Lez

    03/17/2010 at 1:14 am

    The read height is surprisingly good – 5 to 8mm.



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