Make a Wall-Mounted PC
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- Find an old laptop: Any PC or Mac will do. We used a five-year-old IBM ThinkPad.
- Enclose it: We welded a frame out of perforated steel, but you could use plastic, wood or even cardboard. Find plans at popsci.com/wallpc.
- Add a touchscreen: The MagicTouch overlay plugs into a USB port and costs $160 at touch screens.com, but you can find similar models on eBay for as little as $40 (some require a stylus).
Be sure to get one made for a laptop (not a full-size monitor) and matches your screen size.
- Give it Wi-Fi: Use a PC-card adapter (from $15; newegg.com), because it leaves your USB ports free for the touchscreen and keyboard.
- Plug in a keyboard: Instead of trying to type on the vertical laptop, we added a Logitech PlayStation keyboard ($10; amazon.com) to the flip-down panel, which is activated by a lever and stops at 90 degrees for easy typing.
Three Things To Do With Your Wall PC
Make tasty meals: Lots of sites, including
epicurious.com, allrecipes.com and foodtv.com, list recipes, but uktvfood.co.uk offers more than 1,000 video recipes, so you can hit â€playâ€ and start cooking.
Keep track of everyone: Set up an account
for your family at backpackit.com, which lets you
create a calendar, post photos, leave notes,
and set reminders. Everyone can have his
or her own page, and you can update the
site from anywhere.
Show Off Your Photos Set the laptop´s screen saver to Slickr (free; cellardoorsw.com), which automatically makes a slideshow out of photos from your Flickr account.
See the next page for more detailed assembly notes.