Re: [NTLK] question about customizing

From: Sonny Hung (
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 08:34:32 PST


You are a Newtonian after my own heart or Tinkering....
If you have photos for personal review I'd love to see them and maybe
it will help me out in my design phase of what we can do to create a
NICE Plexiglas case for the MP2x00.

The following is a CLIP of what I sent to Peter Wong who is working on
completing a CAD of the Flip Cover for possible price quotes.

My ideas are though looking to a replacement case and possibly
shrinking the size also. If anyone has further suggestion with
technical knowledge please suggest away. I'd like to keep the
suggestions to within the possible realm though pushing the envelope
is an option...

I would say the Clear Plexiglas Case is the best direction to take.
(A FEW IDEAS to consider)
If only we could minimize the items needed from the original MP2x00 to
just the bare essentials like the motherboard, screen & speaker. This
in my opinion would need the integration of the Internal Sub-Frame
(minus the battery compartment lip). We could just drill out silos for
the batteries and custom build the required setup for a rechargeable
NiMH use and also add a switch for use of regular alkaline...

If I were to dream a bit further I would say that we replace the
batteries with a flat NiMH battery of equal voltage and make the case
even smaller. I thing this would actually sell if it's affordable...

Now with your pictures I may attempt to do this on my own...I will see
if I can get any advice/assistance from the Physics Workshop here at

Your work is encouraging and I hope that your project works out well!

God bless,
Sonny Hung
the Hung Family
On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 17:15:23 +0100, Adriano
<> wrote:
> Hi all
> Sonny wrote:
> "I wonder though if anyone has ever considered trying to replace the
> exterior shell of the MP2x00 with a customize Plexiglas one? I
> unfortunately do not have the technical skills nor the equipment to try
> this, but if I had I'd be willing to give it a go.
> It wouldn't be as elegant as the original shell but could be a nice 
> project for those with the equipment and time..."
> I did it, some days ago, i explain it better. The first idea was to
> replace -everything- of an eMate just put in its case all i need of a
> MP2100
> - motherboard
> - keyboard
> - lcd
> - PCMCIA slots
> so i bought a eMate from eBay at the cheaper price i could, just to
> take out the case everything to make space for the MP2100 parts.
> [In my project both the MP2100 PCMCIA slots would have been accessible
> from the eMate battery slot, and the actual eMate PCMCIA single slot
> would have been substituted by another 'piece of tech' for the MP i am
> working on....i will talk better about it when it will be ready for
> testing (it works on CF...)]
> The eMate that i bought arrived the last week, but it was pretty new!!!
> I do not have the "courage" to break it out, so bought some panels of
> plexiglas and started to form them in the way i could include the
> things listed below:
>  - MP2100
>  - Audio I/O
>  - serial line
>  - AC adapter
>  - keyboard
>  - everything in one piece -
> the result  item is similar although a little smaller than an eMate and
> incorporate the keyboard
> (I took the keyboard out of its case and moved out its serial circuitry
> behind the MessagePad)
> Notice that  all the circuit lines go on the interconnect adapter.
> Sonny you are right, it's not so elegant as an eMate, but it runs at
> 220Mhz.
> Called it 'NewtPod'.... is made out of a transparent plexiglass panel,
> but it's a 'dirty' prototype
> ( please consider that i am not a plexiglass technician, i am a
> wood-worker and i made my own instruments to form hotly the plexiglass
> panels)
> this is why i will not post public photos before the ending of its
> estetical revision,sorry.
> Now i have a fume' plexiglass panel type (it remember me the old '70)
> and as soon i will receive the packages with the new tech pieces (in
> example, the bluetooth chips) i will work to make things out
> estetically better.
> The second prototype it will include a ericsson bluetooth chip, an AC
> adapter and some other things - as the first one it will incorporate
> everything in only one piece running  Newton OS_at_220Mhz -
> Hope to have the chance to public the photos of the rev.2 in the next
> coming 2005
> I am open to hear your ideas and councils about it.
> Adriano ^_^
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