Macbook (13.3") Touch Screen

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by fatcat23, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. fatcat23 macrumors member

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    I'm looking to mod my Macbook, have already picked a usb pcb controller and know where to place it. Just need help finding a 13.3" touch screen over lay for the existing LCD. I'm using a method similar to what people are doing with the new netbooks.
    Best touch screen I have found so far (using just the screen): http://buymost.com/e_groovy_touch_spec.php

    Any one done this? Any links to touch screen over lays?

    Please help, I would think that someone has tried this before.
     
  2. fatcat23 thread starter macrumors member

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  3. mbleopard macrumors regular

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    out of curiosity how are you going to process the data from the overlay? are you also writing custom software or is there something thats commercially available?
     
  4. fatcat23 thread starter macrumors member

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    There is actually lots available that are compatible with osx. The link is for a 4 wire pcb to usb controller.

    http://www.hometouchsystems.com/TouchScreen/touch-screen-controllers.asp

    Software is linked on that site to http://www.sztoptouch.com/images/download/drive/TouchKit_MACOSX_Intel_1.10.5214.zip
    That's some chinese site selling touch screens overlays, but alot of sites that I have found are using this same software.

    The hard part is finding a 13.3 widescreen overlay and a internal usb source.

    I'm thinking about using the IR receiver usb port and removing my superdrive. I would then put a usb hub to the IR usb port and just plug in regular usb's (instead of soldering) for any perihps. Such as touch controller, gps, 3g modem... The usb port can put out 500mA so more than enough for 3 perihps at 50mA.

    Taking out the superdrive would allow for more than enough room for all that stuff. Don't use it much anyway, would rather have touchscreen, gps, flash drive, etc..

    EDIT:
    english version of that site. http://www.sztoptouch.com/english/index.htm
    some important data is in chinese tho.

    It looks like that 1st site is just a UK reseller of the chinese site. And that software is still beta.

    Worst case is to get my Comp Sci friends to write me some code and then start a company like Axitron (Modbook), lol.
     
  5. fatcat23 thread starter macrumors member

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    After taking apart my macbook, I have determined this to be impossible. The casing is to small to fit an overlay. No wonder there are no posts on it.

    Some would say it's possible, but I'm not risking it. To those who say it is, show me proof.
     

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