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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows woes for DIYers

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows woes for DIYers

The industrious folks at iFixit have taken to tearing into Microsoft's Surface Pro 2, putting it through the same dismantling process the Kindle Fire HDX, iMac 2013, and other devices have recently undergone. Unfortunately, those who grab the Microsoft slate are going to have quite a battle if they ever elect to go the DIY route, with the Surface Pro 2 scoring a dismal 1 out of 10 repairability score.

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DIY Multitouch table project offers low-cost alternative to Microsoft Surface

DIY Multitouch table project offers low-cost alternative to Microsoft Surface

Eyebeam are looking to bring DIY multitouch to the masses with their open-source Cubit project.  Promising a touchscreen table in the style of Microsoft's Surface, only with a far smaller $500-1,000 build cost, Eyebeam have made the hardware schematics and software source code available for anyone to download.  They also sell a kit that includes the table, frosted surface and most of the electronics, with builders only needing to supply the computer, a simple projector and a webcam.

 

Check out the video of the Eyebeam Cubit in action after the cut

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Huawei to continue building Windows Phone devices despite Microsoft hardware plans

Huawei to continue building Windows Phone devices despite Microsoft hardware plans

For a while Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei was in contention to purchase Nokia's hardware business. That's the same hardware business that Microsoft itself ended up purchasing in a bid to get its own smartphone hardware manufacturing operation. In the past, Microsoft hardware partners have taken issue with Microsoft stepping into the hardware realm.

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Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Warranties have their place, but there's no shortage of techies who prefer to do their own device repair when something goes awry. Unfortunately, no matter how technically inclined you are, some devices seem built specifically to make the task as difficult as possible. The folks over at iFixit have released their Repairability Guide, which shows Dell's XPS 10 as the easiest to repair, and Microsoft's Surface Pro as the worst of the bunch.

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DIY Spherical Display tracks satellites and more [Video]

DIY Spherical Display tracks satellites and more [Video]

Microsoft's Surface Sphere was unfortunately just an eye-catching demo, but if you want some spherical display goodness in your life (or, indeed, just in your living room) then Nirav Patel has the DIY route for you. His homegrown spherical display uses a Microvision ShowWX pico-projector, an 8-inch frosted glass light fitting, a fish-eye lens and some open-source software he's coded up specially, and costs around $200 to put together.

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DIY physical controls for iPhone touchscreen [Video]

DIY physical controls for iPhone touchscreen [Video]

One of the ways that Microsoft's Surface has always distinguished itself from more mundane touchscreens is in its ability to recognise physical controls placed; now the iPhone can have something similar.  dsLabs have put together a DIY hardware knob that can be used with a virtual control on the iPhone (or, indeed, another multitouch-capable touchscreen device), using little more than some conductive tape.

Video demo after the cut

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DIY Multitouch Table tutorial

DIY Multitouch Table tutorial

DIY multitouch isn't new - we've featured quite a few home-grown rivals to Microsoft's Surface here on SlashGear - but MaximumPC's tutorial does stand out by virtue of its completeness.  Thanks to having a spare PC and projector to hand, they spent just $350 on making their multitouch table. 

Video demo after the cut 

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atracTable Custom Multitouch Surface: video demo

atracTable Custom Multitouch Surface: video demo

If Microsoft won't return your calls and the thought of DIY fills you with dread, Atracsys may have the multitouch table for you.  The atracTable is a custom-built multitouch surface available in anything up to 50-inches diagonal, capable of recognizing an unlimited number of finger contact points as well as individually 'tagged' objects such as cellphones, other mobile devices, books or even drinks.

Check out the video demo of the atracTable multitouch system after the cut

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TouchKit DIY multitouch display kit on sale: video demo

TouchKit DIY multitouch display kit on sale: video demo

NORTD have announced the latest version of their TouchKit DIY multitouch system, together with pricing.  The system uses a plastic screen with embedded IR LEDs and a modified camera capable of recognising reflected IR light.  Put together, with the included software, and you can create your own fledgling version of Microsoft's Surface multitouch table.

Check out the video demo of TouchKit v.2 after the cut

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