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 Mini Utilite Workstation Using Mini Monitor 
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Post Mini Utilite Workstation Using Mini Monitor
Overview

The availability of miniature HDMI monitors intended for use in photography provides an interesting possibility. Using a Utilite, a mini - HDMI monitor and a custom monitor mount, it is possible to assemble a compact, mini - workstation.

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Hardware

1. Utilite
2. Custom mini-monitor mount
3. Camera Swivel Mount
4. Mini - HDMI Monitor (Feelworld FW5D 5" diagonal with sound)

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Monitor Mount Fabrication

The monitor mount was fabricated using the top half of a Radio Shack Model 270-238 Aluminum Project Enclosure. The enclosure, which is exactly the same width as Utilite, was modified by removing parts of the edge stiffeners and forming the resulting flat panels to slip over Utilite. The resulting mount fits Utilite well. The modified enclosure top was wire brushed to match Utilite's surface texture, and flat black paint was applied. A 1/4 inch, 20 threads per inch bolt was installed in the center of the mounts top. This bolt accepts the monitor's mounting hardware.

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Results

The project turned out well. Everything fits well, and the end result is a compact, mini - work station. The finished product is stable and does not tend to tip over. Also, the Camera Swivel Mount allows the monitor to be positioned at a comfortable viewing angle.



Practicality

That depends. Obviously, a 5" diagonal monitor won't replace a 22" unit with regards to readability and sharpness. However, there should be specific applications where a small monitor is sufficient.



Power Requirements

The combined power requirement of Utilite and the monitor is approximately 15 watts. This low power consumption is ideal for use in an isolated, remote location where power is not readily available. Also, the combination can be powered using Power Over Ethernet (POE).



Thermal Considerations

Since Utilite is passively cooled, heat dissipation was a definite concern in the design of the mount - which straddles Utilite. So far, I have not observed any degradation of Utilite's ability to cool itself.


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