Student’s Handcrafted Ipad, his gift to Girlfriend
If you can not buy it, build it. That thought may have been the idea that crossed the mind of Wei Xinlong, a Chinese senior college student as he built a hand-made Ipad for his girlfriend Sun Shahsa.
It took Wei ten days and $125 to convert a second hand laptop into what looks like a handcrafted Ipad. Even the dimensions and several features of the gadget are similar to one of Apple’s best sellers. Wei told reporters that he wanted to give his girlfriend something special at that time but he is short of buying an actual Ipad. He also said that he studied how tablet PCs are made by researching on the Internet.
“The main board, video card, CPU and screen were all from the old laptop, but I bought the touch screen and battery online,” Wei said. He also took the effort to perfect the cover of the PC to make it look like of an Ipad. “The holes on it were all hand-carved and polished,” he explains. “One can read, download, watch movies, play games by just touching the screen,” he added.
However, gadget runs on Windows 7 and has a logo of Apple, which explains one net expert, may be grounds for counterfeiting. Both Wei and Sun are students from Art & Design Department at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin province’s capital. “This is the best gift I’ve ever had, and I will keep it forever,” Sun said. She decorated the edge of his boyfriend’s handcrafted Ipad with rhinestones.
Necessity truly is the mother of all inventions.