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http://hackaday.com/2013/04/22/connect-a-retina-display-to-a-regular-computer/
While on the Oculus forums I came across this and I thought OCN may be intrested in it.
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You don’t have to search very long before you find someone raving about the Retina display used in Apple iPads. We’re not going to disagree. These 9.7″ panels pack in a whopping 2048×1536 resolution and the color is fantastic. But we were surprised to hear you can get one of these for a meager $55. That’s how [Andrzej] sourced the part when he set out to connect a Retina display to a regular PC.

It turns out this isn’t all that hard. The display uses the eDisplayPort protocol. This is an extension of DisplayPort which is an alternative to LVDS that is gaining a foothold in the industry. An external DisplayPort adapter can already be found on higher-end laptops, which means this should be a snap to use as an external display if the signals can be routed correctly.

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The whole thing cost about $70 in parts.
(Display + electronics)
http://emerythacks.blogspot.ca/2013/04/connecting-ipad-retina-lcd-to-pc.html

It runs off a modified connector/adapter that runs though Display port to drive the native resolution.
I feel like trying this myself

So a cheap 150 small scale but high gpu demanding eyefinity/surround retina set up anyone? biggrin.gif
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It seems like they are all about $100 on ebay now, but that is still pretty neat.
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3 of these + small form factor PC

Kind of want. lol.
 
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Originally Posted by deafboy View Post

3 of these + small form factor PC
Kind of want. lol.
Very cheap but very GPU demanding set up wubsmiley.gif

Tempted to buy it and parts. Fabricate a casing and have myself a portable external display.
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So I'm guessing I'll have to buy the actual LCD itself? It would be so awesome if I could probably just jailbreak an iPad, download a tweak, plug something in then use it as a secondary display! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

So I'm guessing I'll have to buy the actual LCD itself? It would be so awesome if I could probably just jailbreak an iPad, download a tweak, plug something in then use it as a secondary display! biggrin.gif
Could always rip the display out of your ipad. biggrin.gif

There are plenty of apps to make your tablet a secondary display over WiFi. You may not get native res though and will get some lag.
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Yeah I'd like the native res without the lag. biggrin.gif
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Could some one post direct links to all parts necessary to make this work?
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Originally Posted by Tim Milano View Post

Could some one post direct links to all parts necessary to make this work?

Better late than never wink.gif In this thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1389756/custom-screen-31-3600x1600-cost-250/50_50 - starting from around post 50 and onward discussion has picked up about these IPAD 3 screens on the PC. Several links have been posted to the displays at ebay and to various blogs plus also couple of stores have been identified where its possible to order the converter board. The converter is not needed to drive the display apparently as that can be directly from displayport, however, its needed to be able to control backlight of the panel sort of sensibly. I just stumbled upon this thread googling when trying to find out if its possible to overclock that screen (i.e., run it at higher refresh rate than 60 Hz).
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