For a long time, I was looking for a decent PC/Laptop table that would both do its job well and also fit in well in the surrounding decor. It turned out to be a really difficult job to find one.
Then it came to me that the best solution would be to build one for myself.
The question was, what to do with it when you are not using it. Storing such items often proves to take up too much space. Also eventually you might stop using them just because the trouble of setting it up and then when you are done storing it proves to be too much of a hassle. The best possible solution would be to make this PC table serve a double purpose. It so turned out that I needed also a small Drink table close at hand when sitting down watching a movie. Then I thought why not make this PC table a folding one which, when stored at the end of the couch would do the job of a bar/drink table.
It sounded simple enough so I set out to make one. What do you need to make one:
2x – wooden/MDF boards, which in my case turned out to be two IKEA wall shelves(60cm x 20cm x 2cm each). The second board I cut into two smaller pieces (20cm x 20cm each) these would serve as the side stands.
4x – hinges. Make sure that these when unfolded stand at 90 degrees angle so that the sides would be perpendicular to the table.
24x screws – 6x per hinge. Make sure these screws are shorter than 2cm( or 2-3mm shorter than the thickness of the boards) so that they don’t popup on the other side of the board.
some self adhesive foil matching the color/texture of the board, to cover up the sides you cut.
a screwdriver – better to be electric one.
cutting saw – to cut the boards
electric drill(with 2mm smaller drill head than the diameter of the screws) – to make the holes for the screws if the material is too hard to screw the screws in directly.
The whole idea is to connect the two side stands/boards(20cm x 20cm) to the main one (60cm x 20cm) with the hinges, allowing the table stands to unfold and stand perpendicular to the main board. When done you simply fold the sides in a way – best suitable for you to store at the arm rest of the couch and serve as a simple enough drink stand.
Have a look, hope you enjoy it and happy life-hacking. Cheers
Google’s been hard at work over the past 18 months on something not many of us have been paying attention to lately: art. Specifically, the search giant has hooked up with 17 art museums around the world to offer tours of their internal galleries, using its familiar Street View tricycles, while also doing high-res images of 1,061 artworks that may be viewed on the newly launched Art Project web portal. Also there, you will find 17 special gigapixel images — 7,000-megapixel versions of each participating venue’s proudest possession. The resulting level of detail is nothing short of astounding.
Acer’s dual-screen Iconia laptop is bold, for sure — eschewing a physical keyboard for another display — but its LCD panels are also mighty glossy. If you’ve got a light in the vicinity above you, there’s gonna be glare — we saw it on stage, and we just saw it now in person. That said, the screen is clear and the touch functionality is pretty clever (five fingers open up a widget where you can scroll through other touch-friendly apps). The keyboard, on the other hand, is pretty hard to use — even the rep admitted there’s a learning curve. You can’t rest your fingers down without hitting something, of course. We managed to browse to Engadget, but it took several tries. Check out the photos below!
Parking your two-wheeler in a shady neighborhood, but left your secondary lock at home? No problem — to protect your wheels, just bend your bike around a nearby post and thread your U-lock through the whole kit at once. That’s the idea behind UK designer Kevin Scott’s folding bicycle, which is rigid enough to freely ride, but releases its flexible ratcheting mechanism when you push a lever on the side. The design won the 21-year-old student £500 at the New Designers exhibition in London this week. He’s presently looking for partners to help commercialize the concept, which looks morepracticalthansome, so we expect it’ll be only a few years before you’ll see his creation zipping down the street. One question, though — why not go the whole nine yards and give it a built-in lock, too?
Judging by the fact that our lovely planet is home to the Libretto W100, the Kno, Onkyo DX and oodles of prototypes that utilize twin panels rather than a panel and a keyboard, Sharp’s newest microchip is likely to draw some serious industry attention. Improving on an idea that began in 2008, the company has recently shown off a new chip (dubbed LR388G9) that can control two mobile LCDs and can simultaneously display a pair of different 1,024 x 480 pixel clips on a pair of screens; moreover, it can output full 1080p to any source connected via HDMI. Since ’08, Sharp has increased memory capacity from 16Mbits to 32Mbits while boosting the image processing speed, and the company now intends to hawk this new guy to outfits who manufacture smartphones, e-readers, digital photo frames and even netbooks. If all goes well, the chip will ship within a 261-pin WFBGA package this September, with volume pricing pegged at around ¥2,400 ($27).