[Arm-netbook] RK3399

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Thu Jan 18 18:57:49 GMT 2018

On Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 5:07 PM, Louis Pearson
<desttinghimgame at gmail.com> wrote:

> On a slightly different topic, how much would it take for you to design a
> eoma68 compliant netbook housing?

 it'd be about the same amount of time as the laptop (about 18 months)
as there is almost nothing in common that can be utilised between the
two, with the possible exception of some of the libraries used in the
3D CAD design.

 specific components that would need to be researched are:

 * keyboard and securing a guaranteed supply of the same
 * trackpad and securing a guaranteed supply of the same
 * battery and securing a guaranteed supply of the same

 each of these - on their own - will require contacting a hundred to
two hundred separate suppliers, each of whom will demand, "who are
you, are you real, are you one of our competitors fishing for
information, are you a waste of our time, are you going to order
50,000 units because otherwise we're wasting the factory's time" and
so on.

 it's *extremely* complex basically and NOTHING that was done in the
15in laptop can be re-used.  at all.

> I was interested in the laptop, but it was (and
> still is)
> outside of my budget. Do you think you could make a netbook housing that is
> more
> budget friendly, or are there too many unknowns for you to say?

 having done several now i know pretty much exactly how long it will
take, that's not the main problem.  the main problem is, you have to
find a sponsor willing to pay my time to do it, and at the end of all
that, you then have to have a crowd-funding campaign where a minimum
of 250 preferably 1000 preferably 10,000 people *actually want one*.


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