May.24, 2013

Whether you're a hardcore gamer or a budding maker, there's nothing more awesome than owning a laptop that you've built yourself! Austin, Tx based online hackerspace TechJango has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Darkmatter Xbox Laptop you can buy as a fully assembled product or in kit form.

Techjango uses 3D printing and laser-cutting technology to fashion the Darkmatter chassis. The entire casing is 3D printed and laser cut. Techjango has also used 3mm black acrylic for the panels, with 3D printed interconnects and miscellaneous parts. All parts are printed on Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers in ABS plastic.

A custom board, known as the Xduino360, has been developed especially for this project. The Xduino360 contains an on-board stereo amplifier for the built-in speakers, an Arduino based controller to implement touch controls for volume, synch, mute and DVD eject, as well as accent light management.

This compact console uses 720P HD widescreen LED display with 1366x768 resolution. It features a headphone jack and support for WiFi, 4GB storage and DVD. It is compatible with the Microsoft Kinect sensor and peripherals such as the chat pad, wireless controllers, wired controllers etc, as well as all Xbox 360 games.

Regdarding the the Xbox ONE Microsoft released a couple of days ago, Techjango said in an update that they will adapt the Darkmatter laptop chassis to house the Xbox ONE motherboard too, but will take a bit more time for the delivery, depending on the availability of the Xbox ONE.

The campaign seeks to raise $25,000 from backers to build a sleek, fully featured Xbox laptop. A fully assembled laptop with the Xbox already included, plus the e-book and badge costs $999. But if you prefer to build it yourself, for $499 you can order a full DIY kit (without the Xbox 360 slim console) to convert an existing Xbox into a laptop.


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