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Turning a MacBook into a Touchscreen with $1 of Hardware (anishathalye.com)
239 points by anishathalye on April 3, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 16 comments

Hi HN! This blog post is about Project Sistine, a hack that I worked on with @antimatter15, @bijection, and @logane. We turned a MacBook into a touchscreen using only $1 of hardware (a small mirror, some pieces of a rigid paper plate, and a door hinge).

We built this prototype some time ago, but we never wrote up the details of how we did it, and so we thought we should share. We're happy to answer any questions you might have about the project!

Fantastic project. Well done.

Would love to replicate this, any chance of publishing the source?

It's public now: https://github.com/bijection/sistine

It's currently lacking detailed instructions and stuff, but you can expect to see more in the coming week.

i dont get impressed easily but this is impressive!

I want something like this on my MacBook and not the stupid touch bar.

"Something like this" - you mean a touchscreen? There are plenty of laptops with them on the market.

Very very clever - good job and I certainly see a market for this!

This is cool. Thanks for sharing. Its always fun to see such interesting applications of basic ideas coming together to do something one wouldn't think is possible.

So cool. I hope you release some DIY instructions (and code?). I'd love to build this.

We just made the source code public: https://github.com/bijection/sistine

We're planning on adding more instructions to the GitHub repo over the coming week, to make it easier for people to replicate our hardware setup. Among other things, Kevin's developed a slightly easier-to-manufacture version that doesn't require a door hinge.


Osmo iPad reflector, fits well on Mac circa 2017.

This is very clever, kudos.


Brilliant execution!

Very impressive..

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