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BUILDING YOUR OWN LAPTOP, TABLET, OR CELLPHONE MIGHT SOUND IMPOSSIBLE. IT’S NOT.

FROM vacuum-tube amplifiers to homebrew computers, amateurs with wily gumption have traditionally conquered self-built electronic gadgets in short order. Recreating the spectacular capabilities of today's pocketsized devices at home has been a bigger challenge, but new access to shrinking hardware and open-source software is now helping eager makers assemble their own cutting edge mobile devices in their home workshops.

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