2008 MacBook Pro is resurrected and turned into an Android PC thanks to Samsung DeX

2008 MacBook Pro is resurrected and turned into an Android PC thanks to Samsung DeX

Together with the Galaxy S8 and S8 +, Samsung launched earlier this year a very interesting device: 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 and can interact with a mouse / keyboard.

Samsung DeX

DeX's flexibility and ability to Kris Henriksen turned out to be a great joint to create a technological Frankenstein monster using an old MacBook Pro 2008: 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 to work via USB.

In addition to replacing some components, he made room in the carcass by discarding all that was not needed. Then it attached a small stand to the side of the screen to easily connect and support the phone while using the machine.

That's it: Henriksen now has a portable computer running Android. From what we can see on the video, even a game can play very well. DeX doesn't support all Android apps, but those 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.

a hell of a gambiarra? Certainly! But we can't deny that it was a really cool way to repurpose an old device and break news all over the world. 😛

via The Verge