Originally Posted by mattig89ch
Nice, you going to write your own GUI? Or try to create your own OS?
Thank You! Unfortunately I have no programming experience, it would have been awesome to write my own GUI or at least a custom Android shell.
For the beggining I think I will just tweak the default Android UI theme to make it look as much as possible as the Kotor game menu (set the colour scheme and the text to the same shade of blue, etc). The Wookiepedia App will be present mandatory
After researching I also found that it is possible to install and run light Linux versions with GUI on older tablets, so I will also give this a go, maybe find a way to tweak the Linux UI as well.
Another really cool thing would be to actually have the Android version of Kotor installed as well as Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (there is a Android port for it as well) and play them from the Datapad - tablet
. I might need a more powerful tablet for this though (with a Mali-400 graphic chip and at least 1 GB of ram).
As I will become better at prop making and learn some Arduino coding as well I wish I will someday build a Datapad 2.0 with custom GUI and a GPS module that can display a working map, like this awesome fan-made Fallout Pip-Boy 2000+ replica: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...-Boy/?ALLSTEPS
Off-topic: So far I have also built this gizmo:
It's a working portable Windows gaming console! I grew tired of waiting for Aspyr to port Kotor II to IOS and Android, so I cobbled together this device to play it on the go! It is built from a Allview WI-7 Tablet PC (about 60$ on eBay), a wireless Smart TV keyboard with gamepad (about 20$) and a custom iron backplate I made in my garage to keep the tablet and controller together.
It has a 1,5 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, Intel HD graphic card with 256 MB of VRAM, 16 GB of SSD storage (that I expanded to a total of 144 GB by adding a 128 GB class 10 micro SD-card!) and it runs Windows 8.1. It runs older games perfectly (I played Deus Ex 1, Half-Life 1, Kotor, Starcraft on it and with a little tweaking it can run games like Far Cry 1, Mass Effect 1, Half-Life 2 and Starcraft 2) and the controller works smoothly (I remapped the Left mouse button to the Q key, and the Right mouse button to the R key for easier access needed especially in FPS games). I have also built a version that has a small gamepad controller instead of the keyboard + touchpad under the tablet, but I found the current controller smoother especially for Kotor and some FPS games. The tablet's touchscreen also works great with RTS gams like Starcraft!
I have also managed to remote control my PC with my iPad using a great app called Kinoni KinoConsole, and sucessfully played SWTOR from my iPad