DIY: Inwall 15″ LCD touchscreen :: Part 1 (The Parts)

March 16, 2004 9 Comments
the-monitor-outlet_1781_42733.jpgWhat 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.

That’s Shocking!

Fun & Games
March 16, 2004 No Comments
shocking.jpgI 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.

SDI mod for my DVD Changer

Hacks & Mods
March 16, 2004 4 Comments
DVF07.JPG 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!


Home Theater
March 15, 2004 No Comments
rock.jpgTAW announced the Rock PRO about six months ago. It reportedly yields a much better picture and smoother pans. It also can be expanded with field installable modules... I got the chance to upgrade my old Rock+ to the PRO and will have a complete review in a couple weeks.