Pico Bayard

January  7th, 2008

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My latest project is a hybrid computer/digital photo frame powered by a VIA PX10000 Pico-ITX mainboard. The board has an integrated 1GHz VIA C7 CPU and 1GB of Crucial DDR2 memory installed

 

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The Pico Bayard is my tribute to a provocative mantle clock design by the French clockmaker Bayard.  The clock was designed and built in the thirties in the skyscraper-style of the art deco era.

 

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Size comparison shot. Yes....it is that small.

 

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An original Bayard in brown

 

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...and another in white.  They were made of Bakelite.

 

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The computer features integrated Wi-Fi with an adjustable antenna mounted to the back of the case.

 

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The computer was designed to have its heatsink exposed to the outside environment. This helps with airflow and prevents re-cycling of hot interior air. The design nearly eliminates the possibility of CPU overheating.

 

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The Pico Bayard was constructed with no power tools other than a cordless drill. Each "leg" consists of six stacked layers each hand cut with a different concentric arc. The curved edges are made from mahogany veneer strips that were soaked, steamed and bent using a custom made jig.

 

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There is a vent on top of the monitor enclosure that allows hot air to escape. The vent is "sealed" by a perforated steel mesh screen.

  

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1/32" thick Swietenia flame mahogany is veneered over the case's basswood substructure. Note: This photo is my personal favorite.

 

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The flame mahogany is finished with a brush-on clear lacquer buffed with #0000 steel wool. This is topped off with a coat of Johnson's paste wax.

 

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The integrated monitor is an EarthLCD 8" touchscreen TFT-LCD with a resolution of 800 x 600. The screen is powered by the computer's 80W picoPSU provided by mini-box.com.

 

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Covered bridge I stumbled across just south of Montpelier, Vermont.

 

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The chrome accents are actually 1/4" wide automotive adhesive-backed trim bought at my local discount auto parts store.

 

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Final glamour shot.

I want to thank my good friends at VIA, Crucial, mini-box and EarthLCD.

Thanks for looking!