The Hidden Surface 2

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  1. TheNeighbor

    TheNeighbor New Member

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    20140807_182955.jpg I 20140807_182955.jpg 20140807_182926.jpg 20140807_183556.jpg 20140807_182803.jpg 20140807_183209.jpg 20140807_183308.jpg 20140807_183029.jpg 20140807_182714.jpg 20140807_182640.jpg 20140807_183048.jpg love the thin, light profile, and long battery life of the Surface 2(RT). The Type Cover is perfect for my paper reports using a full Word program and it beats carrying my full Alienware laptop of some 5KG weight on my backpack just to type.

    It's been with me barely 2 weeks since I got one, and one charge can give me more than 8 hours of accumulated usage for the entire day. The Surface 2 is something I now carry daily, and one of the things that worry me is the possibility of theft. So, I crafted a carrying case in the form of a A4 sized spiral notebook to disguise the Surface 2.

    I really hate the current offerings of leather cases as most don't seem to be designed so well, and they don't offer the disguise I want. As you can see, I carved out the inside paper of a $10 A4 notebook and no one can suspect that I placed a Surface 2 inside. It's an anti-theft designed more than anything, with no one trying to snatch it off your hand in a street side, or not just no one takes interest in stealing a notebook from your bag.

    I took some sweet time doing this, and not rushing. The entire process took some 20 hours over a span of 3 days to create. I had to create a stencil layout so I can pencil in the marked edges to cut per 6 sheets at a time. I used Xacto knife and a hole puncher to hallow out the edges precisely, and used super glue to reinforce and not to create warped paper when you use water-based ones. There are even magnets placed on the corners to prevent the book cover from opening. You can see them faintly imbedded.

    The design was such that you can operate the Surface 2 when you open the book, and the Type Cover is stored on the inner back when not needed. You just lift pry and pull the Surface 2 out of the magnetic pull of the Type Cover if you just need it. This is something I find myself using the device sometimes as only a tablet without the need of the Type Cover, and this hiding notebook is a neat place to store it.

    Further plans for a better design would be to convert a leather covered notebook as a more classy feel to it, and I plan to get the Power Cover to integrate. The pattern stencil I made will still be useful for the necessary penciling for where to cut. What do you think about it?
     
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    Good job neighbor. are you in engineering? or perhaps a packaging designer? :)
     
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    I'm an architect by profession. I used my model making skills. I forgot to mention that I sketched the sections of the design before I proceeded to creating the cutting patterns.
     
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