Kitchen PC Touchscreen Does Its Best iPad Impersonation

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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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