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Mark Lanctot
2006-11-15, 11:51
Just read this review:

http://www.xyzcomputing.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=852&Itemid=0&limit=1&limitstart=0

and I immediately thought it might be useful for SlimServer, attached to a mini-ITX server, for example, with the Touch skin. No mouse or keyboard required...

There are touchscreen drivers for both Windows and Linux.

The review says it's expensive but I found no reference to exactly how much.

Paul_B
2006-11-15, 13:56
I've heard mixed reports about Lilliput Touchscreens. I am after something similar and current have my eyes on the following:

http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=25#p505

and

http://linitx.com/index.php?cPath=64&osCsid=435a8e69804f3586ac493415735b9900

Rik
2006-11-20, 01:43
The display Mark mentions is $240 at http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=541.

My thoughts are similar but I thought of a small display combined with a thin client, because the are very inexpensive and make no noise.

Did you already think of the software? I was thinking of modifying one of the SlimServer skins (e.g. Fishbone) because it displays an album cover and starting Mozilla/Firefox/whatsoever on the thin client and having Mozilla display that modified webpage. It will change whenever Squeezebox plays a different album or track.

However, other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks,

Rik

bklaas
2006-11-20, 19:58
Just read this review:

http://www.xyzcomputing.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=852&Itemid=0&limit=1&limitstart=0

and I immediately thought it might be useful for SlimServer, attached to a mini-ITX server, for example, with the Touch skin. No mouse or keyboard required...

There are touchscreen drivers for both Windows and Linux.

The review says it's expensive but I found no reference to exactly how much.

fwiw, the screen resolution is exactly the same as the Nokia 770, so the Nokia770 skin would probably look great on it.

#!/ben

netim3
2006-12-22, 13:08
I recently saw a demo version of a wireless touch-screen lcd for a windows PC - was extremely lightweight and could be a great remote. Think we'll have to wait another year to see it in the shops though.

slimpy
2006-12-22, 18:43
Before the Nokia770 came out I used a mini itx with attached 8inch touchscreen as remote for slimserver and some other appliances.
This setup certainly has a high geek appeal but it isn't practical.
You need to have the screen in a more or less fixed position. Moving it around is cumbersome at best. I had my touchsreen mounted on a speaker stand so I could use it while sitting on the couch.
Move two, three feet on the couch and you're not able to reach it.
I wasn't very pleased with the screen itself either. Mine was a Newision, a rebranded Lilliput. The screen was rather blurry and flickery and you could see the touch sensitive foil on the screen very well. The Nokia's screen on the other hand is sharp and crisp.
Build quality of these units is pretty low. From the screen to controls and the stylus, everything is very cheap. The stylus is a better plastic toothpick. Additionally my model had a severe problem with overheating if used for more than 30 minutes with room temperature above 25C. The colors would fade and finally turn off completely. It always came back to normal after 10-15 minutes of inactivity.
Take a close look at them and google for user experiences if you still consider one of these. If you want any kind of flexibility you definitely want something wireless, like the Nokia770 or the screen netim3 mentioned.

Regarding drivers: There are linux drivers available but they are poorly maintained and a real pain to install and configure.

-s.