Hi, my first post, though i have been reading the forums ....
I hope this dose not come across as a rant, as i don't mean it that way at all, just an impassioned plee/question
Isn't the real point of a portable screen that's cheap is for the kids?
I keep seeing prices of £100 or more mentioned.
I'm know just enough about electronics to make a transistor to turn on an LED, so I'm coming from an ignorance point of view here.
I remember back in 1979 or 80 some one in my school had a Science of Cambridge Mk14 with a tiny LED 9 character display running on a pp9 battery. That's what started my interest in computers. I remember when my farther asked me if i would like to go on holiday to Spain for Christmas or have a ZX80.... you can guess what i chose.
Far more important to find a way, any way of taking a cheap screen from any commonly available device that an average 12 year old with maybe a little help from a parent or teacher can adapt to "mod the Pi". There is a level of excitement with the Pi and a child, being able to sit and code (or play with it) in a class or bed room is one thing, but i guarantee the interest and excitement would jump a quantum level if the child could take it out in break time, the playground, where and when ever to show any one who will sit still for 10 seconds what they have done!
And like any heath Robinson device, i don't think they could care less if the screen was held in place by hot glue and duct tape with a bunch of wires, point is many kids would prefer that. " This is something "I" made".
I don't even think it would be a crime if there were only two buttons to control what they could see on the screen without any other input, in my humble opinion, its that fact they could take it out of their pocket and SHOW another child " Hey, you seen this?"
So who would care if it was the screen from a phone or a lap top or even controlling mice (the sort some little boys carry in a pocket and has the ability to make some scream and jump on a chair) to "paint" the output on the tarmac of the school playground. Its to stimulate them, and the best way of that is to use word of mouth, the kids themselves, the more this can be achieved the better.
So my question to all you wonderful electric techies out there is, what, of any screen, could be adapted to display any thing on the pi that can be picked up for a song and modified to work?
Is there any thing at all that could be used that a child could with help make to work AND that could be afforded out of pocket money?
Crack this question and the kids will do much of the work of the foundation for you, plus, you may end up with a Blue Peter Badge if you asked them nicely