Though Ryan's technical prowess may put this project beyond the reach of many, it is a great example of how a little creativity and a little more know-how can help bring any kitchen into the 21st century. Though watching TV in the kitchen may not be a priority for all, using the barcode scanner to add items to the shopping list as they are used is pure genius. Perhaps in a few short years, every kitchen will have a system like Ryan's; for now, this custom build might be just what you are looking to add to your kitchen renovation.
Here are all the "app" options available with Ryan's setup: - Kitchen Database (uses barcode scanner to manage our shopping) - To Do List (simple RSS based to do list) - Google (opens a browser to Google search) - Email (Microsoft Outlook, but its not really that suitable for touch screen) - Weather (opens weatherview32 for our local weather station) - Slideshow (activates windows slideshow of our digital camera) - Cooking Timer (runs kitchen timer) - Calendar (initiates outlook calendar) - Tweet Adder (amazing twitter marketing software, try it!) download link - Twitter (opens Twitter) - Scoreboard (HTML page showing followers on our twitter accounts) - Watch TV (runs up the USB TV tuner taking a feed from the lounge) - Calculator (windows calculator) - Google Maps (opens a browser and displays Google maps) - Skype (opens Skype for talking to my mum) - iTunes (Apple iTunes with airport express connected) - Shutdown PC (runs a shutdown script) - File Explorer (opens Windows file explorer) - Trade Me (opens Trademe in a browser, similar to eBay) - Settings (another HTML page with various links to settings)
Ryan has more photos and detailed instructions posted over at the Studio Lights blog; he has even answered questions from readers looking to build a similar system, and made some adjustments to his own based in reader input.
-by Colleen Quinn
Image: Photos by Ryan at Studio Lights