What is a home automation system without a 15" inwall LCD touchscreen? Exactly! I don't understand why a raw touchscreen monitor without the base and plastic costs more than a standard 15" LCD monitor? Solution, take a 15" LCD touchscreen monitor bought off of ebay and turn it into a custom inwall touchscreen... I choose a 15" NEC 1560v+ with integrated touchscreen because the viewing angles on NEC LCD displays are excellent. The screen will act as a digital picture frame when not in use and will also have built-in microphone and speakers via a 1 watt Canakit CK122.
I was watching TechTV's Fresh Gear and they showed this little gadget called, "Shocking Roulette". It was hilarious! So I went to ebay and bought it for $20 shipped. When I opened the box as to what I thought was a "toy", printed in multiple places was "THIS IS NOT A TOY!", now that's pretty sketchy. I still brought it in to work, but everytime I try it on someone new, I need to ask these two questions, "Do you have a pacemaker?" and "Do you suffer from Epilepsy?". This is a pretty fun "toy", the anticipation is what gets you... the shock feels about a 9v battery to the tongue.
Exactly this time last year I started modding my DVD player for SDI out... it was a pretty exciting project. I originally posted it on the AVS Forum under "Poorman's SDI", it has since received over 16,000 views and it's still going strong. I just finished modding a friends Pioneer DV-F07 DVD changer, going to drop it off Thursday night. Read up and maybe you will want to add SDI to your player!