- must be discrete [sic] and look like a digital picture frame when not being used.
- must be touchscreen.
- must have internet access.
- must be easy to use and not crash often (she's used to Windows Vista)
- must have barcode scanner for managing her kitchen database.
- the wires and techo stuff must be hidden and out of sight.
- should be able to view what's on the lounge TV in the kitchen.
The impressive part besides the whole installation was Ryan used Microsoft's Active Desktop to emulate the iPhone interface (his wife's request), utilizing the Comfort On Screen Keyboard Pro program for input UI, alongside integrating a slew of useful features such as Twitter, Skype, iTunes, Kitchen Database barcode scanner, and a cooking timer. The project is an amazing example of DIY ingenuity that shames most off the shelf consumer kitchen tech items, and perhaps gives insight how the iPad will find itself being used by home cooks in the near future. Check out many more photos, details and instructions about Ryan's DIY Kitchen Touchscreen Computer at The iPhone Inspired DIY Kitchen Touch Screen Project.