Last week I received my first request for pricing on a Frankenkindle. (insert happiness and merriment here). The eventual goal has always been to offer this up for sale, but the design needs a lot of work. I've got some great ideas for additional functionality that I'd like to add, but as of now they're just that: ideas.
Stay tuned for information on the next-gen Frankenkindle. For now though, let's concentrate on what we have right in front of us.
Original Frankenkindle (FK1)
Parts have been ordered from TAP Plastics to create a housing that is easier on the eyes. I figured it was better to have a platform that could be streamlined and trimmed back later. It will be constructed of 1/2" plastic and will utilize six arcade-style buttons for control, but will use the same control system we've seen before. Here's what the design should look like. Expect pictures after Thanksgiving.
It was this version that I quoted to the reader who requested more information. Then I realized that there's really no reason to make you guys wait if there's anyone else out there who might be interested. After all, Christmas is coming up...
Before we get to a quote, it's important that we all understand a few key points about the FK1:
- The design isn't finished yet.
- The design isn't finished yet
- The design isn't finished yet (see a pattern yet?)
Finally, understand that the use of any Frankenkindle unit will shred any warranty that Amazon may offer. for this reason, it is not possible to modify an existing Kindle unit. Each Frankenkindle (certainly the FK1 and possibly later versions as well) will ship with a new 3rd-generation Kindle. You will receive a completely assembled unit, and detailed instructions will be included for any operation that may be required for use (for example, replacing the original Kindle cables to add books.)
So, all that said, if you would like to purchase your very own FK1 unit it can be yours for the bargain basement price of...
$445 (w/ Kindle WiFi)
$495 (w/ Kindle WiFi + 3G)
This won't always be the case, but for now I can only accept payment through PayPal. Please direct all sales-related inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.