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Hieron
04-18-2011, 03:39 PM
We aren't the first to do this, but since it completed so nicely and in such tight package I'd like to show the result:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs-vZkcxYc4

Inspired by Wei's itab and done since I am not that good at 2D drawing and don't have the time to get used to drawing on a tablet while watching a screen. This one alleviates alot of issues for me.

ps: there's even some 3DCoat action going on :) Didn't dare to do 2D sketching while on camera :)

BigHache
04-18-2011, 06:08 PM
That looks like it would just be fun to make!

JonW
04-18-2011, 06:41 PM
I love this sort of stuff, people making new & even better products from existing parts.

Attached, one of my mods to a Z gauge loco, it also has traction tyres machined into the rims. But it's nothing compared to the the tablet.

borkus
04-18-2011, 09:01 PM
I love that keyboard!!! Ever since I got my laptop that has a chiclet style keyboard, I don't want to type on anything else. Could you please tell me what it is? And that device you built looks really cool. I would love to be able to work in Zbrush like that!

Hieron
04-19-2011, 03:52 AM
I'm glad you like it! It was definately good fun to make. If you have an Intuos lying around, it's just 150 euro or so to upgrade it to custom Cintiq 15". It may not be for the faint hearted though and it will take alot of hours (if only for the waiting for parts).

Jonw: nice modding to a train. Good fun to adapt existing stuff.

borkus: it's the Apple Wireless keyboard. I love it as well, it works great on the side of a tablet since it is really compact. Got 2 of those, not cheap.. and you need some effort to install them well on a win7 pc, but it works great.

Drawing is alot easier when you are actually looking at your hand. I'm sure it can be learned to do without with practice, but time is short....

akademus
04-19-2011, 06:17 AM
I always wanted to build one, but then I've got the Cintiq at work so it beats the purpose...

Lamont
04-19-2011, 11:23 PM
There are other tablets out there that cost less than a Intuous 3 and are LCD.

cresshead
04-20-2011, 01:57 AM
or maybe just get an ipad for sketching...

Hieron
04-20-2011, 04:10 AM
hmk, interesting.

cresshead: the ipad is not very cheap, nor big. Does it have nice pressure sensitivity levels? Decent lpi? If you have experience with it, I'd be interested. I do see nice sketches being done with it, but in the hands of a genius anything would work. I'm not one of them.

Lamont: Having 15" IPS screen, similar specs as the Intuos 3 (lpi, pressure levels, buttons, sliders) and weighing just as little? Please do post a link, do you have experience with one? All non wacom tablets I owned were a waste of money. One of the responses from such companies "well, this was never meant to serve as a professional tool, consider Wacom for that". So I'm not quick to buy another...

Lamont
04-20-2011, 05:24 AM
Hieron, I will find out for you ASAP. At the local PC shop they have some off brand set up, I liked it and the price was around 50,000 yen. A lot of artist here don't use Wacoms, I see more Princeton (http://www.princeton.co.jp/product/tablet/index.html) tablets and some other one I can't think of the name.

Titus
04-20-2011, 10:17 AM
We aren't the first to do this, but since it completed so nicely and in such tight package I'd like to show the result:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs-vZkcxYc4

Inspired by Wei's itab and done since I am not that good at 2D drawing and don't have the time to get used to drawing on a tablet while watching a screen. This one alleviates alot of issues for me.

ps: there's even some 3DCoat action going on :) Didn't dare to do 2D sketching while on camera :)

Nice hack Hieron!

Philbert
04-24-2011, 01:01 AM
I think I might rather just spend a little more and get an Asus ep121 Slate

http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Slate_EP121/

Of course it's not as powerful as a desktop, but is certainly more portable.

GregMalick
04-24-2011, 01:19 AM
I think I might rather just spend a little more and get an Asus ep121 Slate

http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Slate_EP121/

Of course it's not as powerful as a desktop, but is certainly more portable.

I think the ASUS latency would drive me crazy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo4QkA2nOd0

Of course maybe that's just ArtRage.

Philbert
04-24-2011, 02:08 AM
A guy on the 3DC forum has been using one with that and says it works well. He made this video though it only shows the pen in use briefly because he's really talking about his SpacePilot mod.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uS-IoyVMQA

Lamont
04-24-2011, 03:21 AM
I think the ASUS latency would drive me crazy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo4QkA2nOd0

Of course maybe that's just ArtRage.It's just ArtRage.

If the slate is pressure sensitive, then it's a good buy.

Philbert
04-24-2011, 10:12 AM
Dell also just announced their Latitude ST Win7 tablet that has "active pen" support though I don't know if that means Wacom or maybe nTrig.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/23/dells-10-inch-android-and-windows-tablets-get-names-specs-rel/