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post #1 of 4 Old 05-18-2012, 11:25 AM - Thread Starter
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Have any of you tinkered with the idea of installing a touch screen into your kitchen wall? It's primary use would be recipes, grocery list, family calendars, maybe some facebook browsing or audio/video streaming while meddling around in the kitchen.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ever...-a-Kitchen-PC/

This article is inspiring me to do it...I wouldn't be able to attempt it for 2 months or so, but I am eager to get some ideas/opinions if you have attempted it. The PC in the article is running Windows XP/7 with the Omnimo skin...which is basically the Windows 8 Phone skin.

As the author explains, the reason for a PC instead of a tablet is the customization available for the OS, unlimited upgrades in software and hardware, as well as a larger touchscreen (17" in his case).

As for his specs, I don't know if you could run WMC or XBMC and stream to it from another PC, but who knows!?

The article is a few years old, not sure if it's updated recently though the author has recent posts. These are the items listed in his build. Personally, I didn't even know you could get a motherboard with a CPU that doesn't require a heatsink fan!

Mainboard: Intel D945GSEJT Half-Height ITX (Intel Atom N270 1.6Ghz, GMA950)
HDD: 2,5 WD Scorpio Black 120 Gb
RAM: 2Gb SODIMM Kingston 533 Mhz
PC Case: Half-height ITX case available here: http://www.cartft.com/catalog/il/1081
60W external power supply (12V out)
17 used DELL Monitor with DVI connector
17 Touchscreen USB Kit (from E-bay, single-touch, resistive)
Generic PC Microphone
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I get it, a PC is much more configurable then a tablet, but lets not over do this, if you want a touch screen for the kitchen get a tablet. There are great apps for recipes, grocery lists, and family calenders. A tablet might not offer the largest screen size but its good enough.

I think if you really go this route you are just doing something for the sake of doing it, and there is nothing wrong with that.
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I think this would be neat to do, but I'd be way more inclined to buy an off the shelf 22ish inch all in one touchscreen PC if thats what I wanted.

a friend and his wife have an ipad, and he got some kind of fancy mount for in the kitchen that she could run Cox cable's ipad streaming thingy.

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My thought too: mount a tablet. However, you also don't want it flat against the wall -- unless it's eye-height, which is different for everyone, because it will be hard to use -- your hands have a tough time bending backwards when they are below your shoulders.

 

 

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