The 21 year-old tinkerer from the eastern Chinese province of Shandong recently posted a video online demonstrating how to whip up an iPad from scratch. Using a touchscreen and components harvested from the computer store he works in, Liu constructed a working iPad lookalike.
The device, however, runs Windows XP rather than iOS and appears to have gained some weight. The device cost Liu 2000 yuan, or $287 to put together, while a new 16GB iPad costs 3688 yuan ($530) in China.
Liu, however, isn’t an ambitious counterfeiter. AFP reports that while’s Liu’s ingenuity has attracted commissions, he’s turned them all down.
“I did this for fun,” said Liu.