Kitchen PC Touchscreen Does Its Best iPad Impersonation

Kitchen PC Touchscreen Does Its Best iPad Impersonation

Gregory Han
Jun 6, 2011

When Ryan decided to meet his wife's request to install a computer in the kitchen, he went all out to create a custom touch screen system that continues to grow with their family. This wonderful DIY device is connected to the internet access, acts as a digital picture frame when not otherwise in use, includes a barcode scanner for grocery list creation, acts as a TV, and so much more.

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

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