ToDo forum member stretracer18 loved his Acer Aspire One netbook, but wanted a touchscreen slate version instead; Acer not being forthcoming with such a UMPC, he created his own. Now we’ve seen touchscreen modifications of netbooks before, but this is a full case reworking: the top and bottom sections of the Aspire One have been screwed together minus the keyboard in-between, with the lid flipped round to give access to the display (with touchscreen panel) and webcam.
More photos of the Acer Aspire One UMPC after the cut
Right now the Aspire One is only moderately altered - internally, anyway – with a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1.5GB of RAM and an 8GB SSD. Next step might be upgrading the internal storage to an 80 or 120GB hard-drive.
OS is Ubuntu, which supports touch input, and the modified display itself used a basic 8.9-inch touchscreen kit. I’m not sure how much the slate weighs now, but I imagine – without the keyboard and hinge sections – it’s actually less than the 2.2lbs of the original Aspire One.
[via Ultra Mobile PC Tips]