Make Your Own DIY MacBook Tablet For Just $50

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Back in the days before the iPad, there was the ModBook, a MacBook-to-tablet conversion that could be expensively undertaken by those willing to send off their laptops to the plucky boys over at Axiotron along with a check for $900 bucks. I imagine the iPad has killed off a good chunk of their business, but there are always going to be some people disappointed that Apple’s tablet took the approach of a “big iPhone” when what they really wanted was a convertible OS X tablet / notebook.

If you’re one of those individuals, great news: instead of giving Axiotron your $900 bucks to convert your MacBook into a tablet, a hacker over at Enigma Penguin has come up with a DIY approach that costs just $50.

Granted, unlike many other DIY approaches, Engima Penguin’s approach doesn’t actually let you convert your MacBook between tablet and laptop modes. Instead, the mod is mostly just a backwards-facing touchscreen made accessible by cutting off most of the lid.

Even so, this is probably one of the easiest DIY MacBook tablet projects out there, and should be of particular import to artists who want to take advantage of a full-powered version of Photoshop on the form factor of a tablet.

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