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Hi All,


Has anyone ever used a touch screen for HTPC control?

Was it the best way to control a HTPC? if not what are you using now?


In was thinking that I could use the touch screen for control of HTPC and my Music collection without turning on the projector.


Any recommendations on Touch screen software? is there any?


Many thanks for any help.

Steve
 

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Audio... Media Jukebox with the web remote plug in and Glissando... Perfect...


Video... MainLobby themes with the Girder network server and Girder on the Host controlling the DVD player SW...


Doing it now with point 510's...


Read threads on Glissando / MainLobby / Netremote...
 

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I use a Phast automation system with a 10" touch screen. The serial card from the Phast brain speaks directly to Girder running on my HTPC... that link is probably one of the most solid in my whole system.
 

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I use a touch screen and I love it! My setup is as follows:


The System - an old PIII 650 MHz with 256MB running, or should I say “testing†XP Tablet PC, which is pretty cool for this type of setup (on screen keyboard, hand writing recognition, etc.). I rarely ever touch the attached keyboard or mouse.


Video - Matrox G450 dual port video card. One connection goes to a SlimAge ~13" touch screen LCD, the other port goes to the s-video on my Sony receiver using the Matrox supplied VGA to s-video cable adapter. I also use a Hauppauge WinTV card for recording TV.


Audio - I use an SB Live value with the SPDIF going, via ~25’ of RG6, to my Sony receiver.


Logistics – Our family room is rectangular with seating mostly on one side and the entertainment center on the other. Our kid’s toys are slowly taking over the entire house but I’ll save that for another forum! The computer is hidden behind our couch and the LCD is on a table between the couch and a chair. Works well for us. We can share it between the primary seats by just spinning it back and forth.


Usage - For music, I use Media Jukebox ( http://www.musicex.com ) and Glissando (search the forums for this Glissando), which I control from both the LCD and from my Fujitsu LT tablet. For video, I do have Power DVD installed but we usually use our Sony 5 disc carousel for that. As I said earlier, I record broadcast TV on this machine using the WinTV card and SnapStream ( http://www.snapstream.com ). A very cool thing with the Matrox video card software is a feature called “DVD Max†which will maximize any video played on the primary port to the secondary port. This makes it much better than using a VCR, cheaper and more versatile (and more private!) than a Tivo type setup.

All of that, and if there happens to be two football games on at once, I will watch one using DScaler on the LCD ( http://www.dscaler.org ).


For added fun, I run Trillian Pro with a plug-in that reads messages out loud so a few select friends can reach me, or even I can reach my wife while at work, in a whole new way. I have talking Caller ID (Call Trace @ http://www.digitalroom.net ) and I am working on an improved x10 interface via HouseBot ( http://www.cebotics.com ) and an inexpensive x10 FireCracker. In the future, I plan on adding IR capabilities so the HTPC can control everything. Still trying to figure out what the best solution is for that.


Hope that helps.

Eric
 
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