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kitchen touchscreen suggestions?

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I am looking for a touchscreen device with a web browser that I could mount under a kitchen cabinet. I've searched a lot but I haven't found anything. I've seen wallpanel touchscreens but they aren't going to work in our kitchen layout. Anyone got ideas?
post #2 of 8
You can either purchase an LCD all-in-one computer or touchscreen monitor and hide the computer somewhere. At one time I placed a mac mini in a lower cabinet that had an electrical outlet. I've since switched to locating the computer in a basement storage room and routing the video cable up to the cabinet area.

Here's a link for typical mounts...

Under-cabinet Mounts

Here's a plugin for Mozilla Firefox to run in kiosk mode...

Firefox Kiosk
post #3 of 8
I have a 15" Planar ELO touchscreen on a flip down mount under my cabinet. Driven by a PC in the basement via a single Cat5 cable. Uses Cybex Longview KVM extenders for the Keyboard, Mouse, Video and Serial (Touchscreen). About $250 for the touchscreen, Extender and mount. PC was just an old PIII, so that was free.
post #4 of 8
I really like elo's touch screens or you could go the all in on route with the new hp touch...pair an elo with a hybrid
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asus eee top touch is an all in one 15" touchscreen a pc. its powerful too.. i think 1.6ghz cpu. should be under $600 if i remember. or you can get an asus eee box (super mini pc) for under $300 with an elo touchscreen from ebay.
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Don't mean to hijack the thread but I figured there was no sense opening a new thread if a similar question was already asked....very interested in doing this.....(kitchen tv / pc capability)

Instead of the touchscreen option like the previous OP was asking, I was kind of interested in getting a 22" lcd or something and using cat 5 and baluns for the component video / audio portion to connect to my remote pc in the basement. Then just use standard coax connection for cable?

My main question is two things, I guess I could get a tuner card for the pc and be able to have the pc funtionality and tv funtionality over the same wires and not worry about the separate coax feed...correct?

Also, if I were to use this idea, how would I control the pc funtionality...i.e. mouse and keyboard....I don't think bluetooth would pick up that far from the remote location....do I have any other options???

Thanks,
Michael
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I'm considering this too, but I think the easiest way to do it with a decent sized screen is with one of the new HP Touchsmart PCs. They come with 22" screens, areally cool interface that sits on top of Vista, tv tuners, and start at around $1,000. Considering the cost of a similar sized ELO touchscreen, I think this is a real bargain.
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Don't mean to hijack the thread but I figured there was no sense opening a new thread if a similar question was already asked....very interested in doing this.....(kitchen tv / pc capability)

Instead of the touchscreen option like the previous OP was asking, I was kind of interested in getting a 22" lcd or something and using cat 5 and baluns for the component video / audio portion to connect to my remote pc in the basement. Then just use standard coax connection for cable?

You could do that but most 22" lcd monitors don't have NTSC or ATSC tuners in them. You'd have to go with a 22" lcd TV and even then after everything goes digital, you may have some tuner issues.

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My main question is two things, I guess I could get a tuner card for the pc and be able to have the pc funtionality and tv funtionality over the same wires and not worry about the separate coax feed...correct?

Correct. But it again it would depend on your ability to 'tune' your cable companies feed with a tuner card.

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Also, if I were to use this idea, how would I control the pc funtionality...i.e. mouse and keyboard....I don't think bluetooth would pick up that far from the remote location....do I have any other options???

Instead of component, you could use VGA. Most lcd monitors and/or TVs will accept VGA and support 1080p resolutions. With VGA, you could use a VGA and/or KVM Cat5 extender which can send VGA, Audio, Keyboard and mouse to your remote PC. You can even add serial if you wanted a touchscreen option. Just be careful because not all VGA/KVM extenders are created equal as some only support 1024x768 resolutions.
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