pipadYou know what they say – if you want something done, you have got to do it yourself. Sometimes, you do have the solution to the question that you are asking, and for a certain Michael Castor who figured out that he would not get a tablet simply because they are overpriced, he decided to build one by himself. This should not be too much of an issue for the DIY enthusiast, and the result of his hard work would be the PiPad homemade tablet. Is it just me, does the word “homemade” and “marmalade” go better together?

The PiPad tablet is definitely a one of a kind tablet prototype, where this particular device will run on the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a $35, credit-card-sized, fully-functioning computer which has managed to garner its fair share of fans since it was released, but considering how it is not too powerful to begin with no thanks to a 700MHz ARM11 CPU and 512MB RAM, do not expect the PiPad to deliver stellar performance.

Needless to say, it is unable to hold a candle to the likes of the high end Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but Castor claims that his PiPad has more than enough firepower underneath the hood to do the bare necessities, such as checking his email and surfing the Internet. The PiPad will run on a custom Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi known as Raspbmc, where it supports 1080p video playback and HTML5. [Product Page]

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