[NTLK] eMate screen specs

Abraham Limpo abraham at familialimpo.net
Tue May 24 08:39:05 EDT 2016


If I can make it work I will post the how-to. The platform I'm using is the
C.H.I.P. because for 9$ you get wifi, bluetooth, audio input and output and
parallel display (enables most screens under 1024x768). The "expensive
part" will be to make the custom mainboard but fortunately, the emate
mainboard is mostly rectangular and I think it can be done on one side. So
if i can use the original screen and keyboard (or only replacing the
keyboard contacts) it may not be a very expensive way to refurbish dead
emates. But it won't run newton os, so it will be a inferior replacement.

Dr Clu:
It's quite difficult to find a 7" screen that fits the emate without
cutting parts. In fact I only found one, a bit smaller (a couple mms in the
bottom that probably will have to be black-taped), and without touch. It is
not expensive (at 19$) but the lack of "touch" is a no-no. Also, probably
it will have terrible contrast. Most modern 7" screens are 16:9 so they
don't fit the emate. I could go for a bigger screen and cut a bit the
emate, but frankly, I'd rather not defile it more than necessary.


2016-05-24 2:06 GMT+02:00 Doctor Clu <drclu at swbell.net>:

> I also don't know.  What you might want to look into is a replacement
> screen.  The emate screen is not a color screen anyway.
> On May 23, 2016, at 4:46 PM, L.W. Brown wrote:
> > I can imagine bunch of folks would be happy to see you succeed, and to
> learn how you did it!
> >
> > Sent from ProPad
> >
> >> On May 23, 2016, at 6:29 AM, Abraham Limpo <abraham at familialimpo.net>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hello fellow newtonians!
> >>
> >> I have an eMate whose main board failed (i think due to power adapter
> >> misshaps) but the screen apparently is working ok.
> >>
> >> I have one of those mini-computers-on-a-stick (like a raspberry pi zero)
> >> and I was thinking of making a sort of frankenstein and keep the screen
> and
> >> the keyboard but replace the logic board by a more modern one.
> >>
> >> My plan is to make a custom circuit that replaces the keyboard baseboard
> >> and adds a connector to interface the screen with the computer board.
> >>
> >> The thing is, I haven't found much info on the screen itself and I don't
> >> have the means to reverse engineer the hardware, so I was wondering if
> >> someone has any info on what the screen cable pinout is.
> >>
> >> Thanks in advance,
> >> Abraham
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