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Tuesday, July 19th, 2005, 11:34 am

Kitchen of the Future

Future Kitchen

A guy called Derek posted photos from a personal project to nntp://uk.tech.home-automation. His work is inspiring and a lot of DIY was involved. Posted below are some specs and features, explained in his own words.

  • Monitor mounted
  • Fan and vent installed in cupboard
  • Benchtop drilled
  • Test fire of PC!

Some of the uses of this system:

  • Recipe database (incl barcode scanning of ingredients for online supermarket ordering)
  • Entertainment (MP3s, videos, TV etc from the LAN and internet)
  • Web browsing
  • VoIP calls
  • Security (four cams around the house + alarm)
  • Lighting control (possibly power down the track)

Awaiting additions:

  • Globetech keyboard/trackball
  • Install/config of Meedio

Looking a decade back, only a small proportion of homes had a computer. Nowadays, with costs that continue to fall and functionality that is on the rise, computers are lavishly bought, much like TV sets in the previous decade.

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