Along with the Galaxy S8 and S8 +, Samsung launched a very interesting device earlier this year: the Samsung DeX.
With it, just connect the smartphones (or the phablet Note8) to an external monitor, which turns into a desktop running the Android system – being possible to interact with a mouse / keyboard.
The flexibility of DeX and the ability to Kris Henriksen ended up being a great combination to create a technological Frankenstein monster using an old 2008 MacBook Pro: he opened the notebook, added batteries for more autonomy, put a fan to not overheat the machine, changed the LCD controller and made the keyboard / trackpad work via USB.
In addition to having replaced some components, it made room in the housing by discarding everything that was not needed. Then he attached a small holder to the side of the screen to easily connect and support the cell phone while using the machine.
There: now Henriksen has a portable computer running Android. From what we can see in the video, even a game can be played very well. DeX does not support all Android apps, but those that are already optimized to work on larger screens do a great job.
If you want to know the whole process, it is explained on this page, with images.
Is it a hell of a gambiarra? Certainly! But we cannot deny that it was a very cool way to reuse an old device and, breaking the news, worldwide. ?
via The Verge