NOTE: Although this post talks a lot about a touchscreen display, the Lifehacker HUD runs on any operating system with Adobe AIR.
The video above will walk you through, in detail, how the software works, and how you can hack together a touchscreen tablet out of a netbook, but here’s the gist. First, let’s start with the software.
The Software: Lifehacker HUD
The Hardware: A Netbook and a HODA Touchscreen Overlay
There are netbooks out there with touchscreens, such as the ASUS Eee PC T101MT, so you can avoid doing the work yourself if you really want to — but where’s the fun in that? So assuming you want to install a touchscreen yourself, here’s what you’ll need:
- A netbook
- A compatible Hoda Touchscreen Overlay
The installation process differs from netbook to netbook. Fortunately, if your netbook is one of the 12 with compatible Hoda touchscreen overlays you’ll get nice instructions with pictures. If not, you may be on your own. Not to worry — installation is not complicated. You also won’t be the first to try installing a touchscreen on a netbook, so instructions for your model may exist online (like this one for the HP Mini 1000). A quick search should turn up some help, but if you can safely disassemble your netbook you should have no problem installing the touchscreen. It’s basically plug-and-play, only the plugging is happening inside the netbook’s enclosure.
That’s essentially the process. If you’d like to download the Lifehacker HUD software or source code, plenty of links are below. You’ll need Adobe AIR to run the application and Flash CS5 to edit the source code. All of the relevant files are below. If you decide to play around with the source and add anything cool, be sure to push it back to the Git repository so other people can enjoy. Thanks!