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D.I.Y. Wacom Cintiq
December 28, 2006 7:24 PM   Subscribe

Like many who spend their days manipulating pixels on their computers I have drooled over the Wacom Cintiq but the price tag can be disconcerting. One enterprising person decided to build his own.
posted by Tenuki (21 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
So enterprising, in fact, that the very same person evidently kept it to himself - the second link, at least for me, is a 404.
posted by FormlessOne at 7:28 PM on December 28, 2006


How unfortunate.
posted by odinsdream at 7:28 PM on December 28, 2006


Broken link, dude. Tough crowd.
posted by matthewr at 7:28 PM on December 28, 2006


This is the real thing.
posted by matthewr at 7:29 PM on December 28, 2006


Crap, no link.

Here you go, chum.
posted by matthewr at 7:30 PM on December 28, 2006


Here's Part 1.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:31 PM on December 28, 2006


Thanks, matthewr & Optimus Chyme - appreciated. I'm one of the droolers, so I was curious about how he or she went about it.
posted by FormlessOne at 7:34 PM on December 28, 2006


Does he mention how much the total project cost him? While the fact that he managed to achieve this is interesting, I wonder if he actually saved money by creating it himself.

Also, this only worsened my craving for an Intuos tablet. I need to get on that.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 7:37 PM on December 28, 2006


Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these.
posted by blue_beetle at 7:58 PM on December 28, 2006


Does he mention how much the total project cost him? While the fact that he managed to achieve this is interesting, I wonder if he actually saved money by creating it himself.

I looked around a little, didn't find a price. Kind of a surprising/telling omission given that saving money is the primary goal of the project...

Is $2400 really that steep a price for a good quality 21" touchscreen monitor? Seems not to bad to me, actually. I want one.
posted by pkingdesign at 8:17 PM on December 28, 2006


According to the website through luck and skillful use of eBay it parts cost was just over £80.
posted by Tenuki at 8:26 PM on December 28, 2006


Here's his homebrew Cintiq in action.
posted by Tenuki at 8:28 PM on December 28, 2006


Skillful use of e-bay indeed. He got the tablet for free, and used an otherwise broken monitor. If you did this without salvaging, you'd easily get close to the retail price for an actual Cintiq.

Still, a great read, and a pleasure to see the inventiveness in action.
posted by odinsdream at 8:33 PM on December 28, 2006


If you did this without salvaging, you'd easily get close to the retail price for an actual Cintiq.

Well, don't do that, then. Unless you think that it's just as easy to salvage a spare Cintiq than it is to salvage a low-end tablet and a broken LCD.
posted by mendel at 9:23 PM on December 28, 2006


Damn impressive hack. My only complaint is that the screen refresh rate in the video isn't that great, but I'm not familiar enough with the Cintiq to know if the bought product would be any better than the built. (Based on what I know about my Wacom, I'd guess that yeah, the bought is better, but the next question is £1920 and bragging rights on a cool build worth a few milliseconds of lag? I'd say hell yes.)

/looks over at old Wacom and non-working laptop's screen, and starts to scheme.
posted by quin at 9:28 PM on December 28, 2006


Not that I'm not impressed, but what's the big deal over Cintiq? I use a tablet pc for work and find it does an equally good job

well, except for the PC part...but other than that, it works just dandy.
posted by Hands of Manos at 9:57 PM on December 28, 2006


When dealing with large graphics projects most Tablet PCs are just too slow, too small and lack memory. They are great for sketching/doodling and taking notes though.
posted by Tenuki at 10:11 PM on December 28, 2006


I would do this with an array of 74,000 transparent plastic QWERTY keyboards arranged on top of a Jumbotron, with the fuselage of a Lear jet as my stylus. But then again, I'm myopic and a hundred feet tall.
posted by XMLicious at 11:59 PM on December 28, 2006 [1 favorite]


Eponysterical!
posted by notsnot at 4:15 AM on December 29, 2006


First, let me say that the work he did was awesome and it makes me think fond thoughts of trying it myself.

But.

The Cintiq 21UX is 21" diagonal, which is 17" x 12.5" vis a vis working area. Oddly enough, that's 21.3", a size that no one makes as far as monitors go. I think they must use a 22" screen and use drivers to reduce the viewing area to make it more compatible with the size of the digitizer area (the sensitive part of the graphics tablet). For homebrew, though, I think it'd definitely be easier to use a 20" or 20.1" monitor and convert it more like Bongofish did.

That tablet he used is a Wacom A3, which has an active area of 457.2 x 316.8 mm (18" x 12.5"). Looking at part 9, you can see the monitor active area is smaller than that. In fact, in part 4, he says it's a Dell 1501fp. Dell's site says the display area for this monitor is 304.1 x 228.1 mm (11.97" x 8.98"). This is still a good amount of space, but not as much space as you'd pay $2500 for on the Cintiq.

If you bought retail for conversion, you'd have to buy a 12" x12" Intuos ($530), or if you wanted to get a close match to the Cintiq, you'd need the 12" x 19" Intuos ($750).

As for monitors, you'd have a lot more choices. I won't do the research he's clearly done to find the best kind of monitor for the job, but according to, say, Tiger Direct or NewEgg, a 15" monitor (to replicate his work) retails for around $200. A 20" or 20.1" monitor, instead, costs around $360.

So, just considering retail tablet and retail monitor costs, I'd say it'd cost around $750 to replicate Bongofish's work, and around $1110 to make something the Cintiq's dimensions. Of course, you'd miss out on the finished feel, the bundled deals and the custom-written/maintained drivers and support. And if you screwed up, it'd be a very expensive mistake.
posted by kalessin at 5:32 AM on December 29, 2006


I agree with quin. By what I see in the youTube video, the time between when he makes a gesture and when the result appears on screen is quite long. Is this how the store bought cintiq functions?

If so, my cintiq drool factor has dropped.

I drool over the idea of a cintiq.

But I admire this fellow's skill, and I enjoyed reading about the project. (I got a kick out of the diagram where he indicates the location of the ionosphere.)

Plus, the animated stained glass window thing -- well, THAT'S a great idea. He should get right on that.
posted by Trochanter at 7:09 AM on December 29, 2006


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