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illuminated iBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jxyama, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. macrumors 68040


    this is pretty awesome... i take no responsibility for those trying (and wrecking their ibook :D)

    however, i will provide translation, if asked. site is about half in english.

  2. macrumors 6502

    cool, where is the translation?
  3. macrumors Penryn


    Jxyama is the translator. ;) If you want the entire translation, you'll have to ask him to do it for you.

    Personally, I think its very cool, but I wonder if you'd be able to shut the blue light off. It would be quite inappropriate and annoying in some situations.
  4. macrumors 68040


    i'm at work now, so i better not take too much time to translate...

    i'll do my best tonight/this weekend. i won't be able to translate everything because this guy gives a pretty darn detailed explanation on how to do this...
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Ewwwww, they look nasty. Poor people buy iBook and el cable/LED. Rich people buy PowerBook.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Thats true. But it would not such a great problem to implement a little photocell that switches if light is low...
  7. macrumors 6502

    12" and then go buy LED anyway...
  8. macrumors 68000


    That looks pretty cool. I'd like to see it up close. :)
  9. macrumors 601


    that's some cool stuff. i thought about using el cable on my TiBook, but there was no way i was going to mess around with powering it from the TiBook power.

    can't wait to read a translated version. that blue on looks interesting...;) :D
  10. macrumors regular

    Try again, I think you could sound a little more elitest next time. :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors member

    Haha. Actually all it would require is exchanging the word "rich" with "hard working" or "upper class".
  12. macrumors 6502

    I don't think 'class' is an option fuzzie has...
  13. macrumors 68030


    He said he has to work on that, but putting extra devices in there to be able to turn it off might end up taking up more electricity than the LED itself takes up...

    Oh, and he made it so that the LED takes the power off the power cable connecting to the display, so if you put it to sleep the LED turns off too.

  14. Retired


    i foung the test thing is to learm how to typw without looking at the keyz;)
  15. macrumors 68040


    ok, it's a bit much to translate the whole thing... then i found that he provides translation himself!

    English description

    as someone wrote, he draws the LED power from the LCD backlight power source. he lights the LED (blue or white) and channels the light through fiber optics cables. the cable is passed under the keyboard and strategic places are "scratched" to let the light out of the fiber. pretty ingenious.

    his blue light LED puts out 7 times the light for the same power consumption.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    I don't know, it looks uneven and not as cool as letters lighting up. But kudos to the guy who made all that effort.

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