Custom woodworking and design
 
So I put my ideas on paper, which I really don't expect anyone to comprehend. I did it more for just the concept, and nothing to scale. Allow me to explain. And just to clarify, the nitty gritty of this project is, I'm making the wooden Hearthstone box, when the box is opened, the user will be able to fully control the PC or Tablet(depending on which route I take) with a touchscreen LCD. In brainstorming I've found I have two options to making this hearthstone gaming box.

Option 1, is to create the box and utilize a touchscreen laptop as the platform. However, using the laptop would require that I detach the screen from the base of the laptop and mount it to some sort of bezel(likely made of wood) and mount that flush with the top of the box. The keyboard portion of the laptop would "hide"(securely) inside the box. Power cable and usb port openings would have to be customized somewhere around the back of the box. However, in the case of a laptop a wireless USB dongle for a keyboard and mouse may eliminate the need for USB port access, but would still be nice to have.

Option 2, is to create the box and implement a tablet as the platform. Using the tablet would require a little less work in that I would likely not have to take it apart, and simply make a bezel that would allow it to sit flush with the opening of the box. Depending on the tablet, this option would likely a cheaper route, would not necessarily require a keyboard and mouse, require less work, and make the box lighter.

Another thing that comes to mind when looking at these two options are system requirements. Performance/Quality may be slightly less desirable on a tablet, and finding specification that are desirable may end up costing me more than going the laptop route. Windows 8 RT is not an option, only windows 8 pro tablets would be sufficient as hearthstone will not be available at release for the RT OS. The laptop is also nice in that it can still be fully utilized as a laptop with keyboard and mouse. I'm really somewhat torn, and think I may just do both.

In all honesty, with what's available to me now, I think I'm going with the laptop.

So say we all?
 





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