The Home InfoPanel is touchscreen-based home information system to display all kinds of data one would be interested in during the day.
Project News on my weblog
Fotos and videos
Random fotos from the building and testing process
Slides from MRMCD111b with a lot of pictures (40MB)
I wanted to build a digital picture frame (some examples are
here) out of my old IBM Thinkpad A20m. After thinking about it from some time I realized that you could do much more then just displaying pictures e.g. display weather information in the morning. Thinking further I found that if I had a touchscreen I could do almost anything.
Pennon 17" (1280x1024) touchscreen with VGA-in and USB-ts interface (~330 Euro on eBay)
To get the display running at the full native resolution (1280x1024) you need to get the horizontal and vertical refresh exactly right. This is not too easy since the product manual has wrong numbers for the horizontal refresh, the right numbers are: H-Refresh 30-67 and V-Refresh 50-75
VIA EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX (~500 Euro with
power supply and memory)
Damn small computer.
The spec. says Wake-On-Lan but you can't find anything in the BIOS. The trick is to set wake on PCI card event. For ubuntu you need to remove the -i wenn calling halt from /etc/init.d/halt.
The whole thing should/must be put into a nice case (girl friend compatible look) that can be hung on the wall.
- Foto slide show (the original idea)
- Good Morning View: shows weather for the day, calendar entries (e.g. birthdays),...
- Shopping list: with bluetooth support so you can send the list from the panel to your mobile phone
- Subway/Train/Bus schedule: web browser based
- Web browser
- Server stats: MRTG and friends
I have written some python-gtk code and I have bought the
touchscreen. The usb-touchscreen works under Linux (the OS choice for this project).
I bought all hardware but the casing. Currently I'm setting it all up.
The Squid (aka. Chumby) cage
Sat Sep 6 14:26:24 CEST 2008
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