Laptops as monitors

From: Chad Smith 
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Ok - weird question - but is there any reason it would be impossible to
built a laptop that had a video-in port that went directly to the monitor?

I'm not really concerned about which format (HDMI / VGA / whatever).just
would be crazy hard to design it that way?  (I'm not even asking about
hacking an existing laptop - I mean if a manufacture wanted to do it, would
it be super expensive or difficult?)

I just feel crazy having all these screens around me - tablets, laptops,
phones, etc - and I can't use them for anything other than what they are.

*- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ Check out Synergy. -AW ilt a laptop that had a video-in port that went directly to the monitor? ould be crazy hard to design it that way? (I'm not even asking about hackin= g an existing laptop - I mean if a manufacture wanted to do it, would it be s= uper expensive or difficult?) hones, etc - and I can't use them for anything other than what they are.

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ I wish.. Sigh. I'd love to be able to use a second laptop as a second screen when travelling..

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ It's good.. but not the same.

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Chad you could do this with Thunderbolt... hahahahahahhahahhahaa

=============================================================== From: Michael Scholten ------------------------------------------------------ If you could convince the one laptop that it has two or more monitors, even though it only has one, then remote in with the other laptop and have it only display the second/third/whatever monitor/screen... You'd have to do it in such a way that the second/third/etc laptop was only an observer and didn't try to take control of the host laptop. Probably wouldn't work but it would be fun in an over kill sort of way. Kind of reminds me of the scene in Big Bang Theory when they control the lamp by sending a signal around world and when asked why they answered, because they could... Agreed through, synergy is great but not the same. -Michael

=============================================================== From: Benjamin Stewart ------------------------------------------------------ I've wondered the same thing before. Just for fun, you might be able to get close with synergy + X forwarding! On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 9:45 PM, Michael Scholten wr= ote: en it it d ind by hey : e:

=============================================================== From: Jason Brown ------------------------------------------------------ You can do it with a Mac and another Mac, or Ipad, or Iphone, or windows, or Andriod, or any combination from what I can tell. http://avatron.com/apps/air-display I would love to find a way to make it work in Linux too.

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ I used Air Display at Quickcue with 4 iPads wrapped around my desk. It is really slow to refresh, even on a fast wifi connection. It really works well for things like IM, tweetdeck, etc. -AW

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ This is all almost as bad as posting back in the day regarding wanting more than one mouse cursor. ( http://linux.derkeiler.com/Newsgroups/comp.os.linux.x/2004-01/0292.html ) (This is also prior art if anyone ever wants to patent multiple cursors.) Think up the crazy now, and someone perhaps you might make it happen. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Pointer

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ Air Display is both awesome and frustratingly slow and lagged. Like Chad, I'd love to be able to use the i/o and devices on a laptop both ways... It'd be really handy for server room maintenance.. odd things.

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ I was thinking of Apple's capability of booting their laptops into Disk Mode with FireWire. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661 This would boot a laptop into Display Mode over TB. Quick somebody patent that. Steve's minions already did...