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With a PC in the kitchen you can look-up recipes, watch a movie/tv show, check your email, add items to the grocery list.  We use "Our Groceries" which syncs with android and iphones.

A project based off my other instructable dual digital frame/wall mount pc, same idea just smaller.
 
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Step 1: Screen

Picture of Screen
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I started with a piece of 15.5" x 9.5" 1/2" ply.  Measure the viewable area of lcd to be used and cut out appropriate size, flip it over and take a router to it (1/4 inch or so should do) for the screen to set into.

I cut the same size piece of 1/2" ply for the back piece and had some leftover baseboards from my last project for the sides.

Step 2: Mount the hardware

I stripped only the necessary hardware from a laptop. The one I used had broken hinges, missing keyboard, cracked bezel... it wasn't in very good shape but the electronics still worked.

I used some computer stand offs to mount the motherboard and two strips of double sided 3m tape to hold the screen in place.  A little hot glue for the power brick, dc jack, extra usb ports and power switch.

Step 3: Mounting

Any screen wall-mount hardware will work, secure it to the wall and you're good to go. It can now be directed towards the kitchen or the breakfast bar.

A small hole in the back for the power cord and the usb cable for a wireless mouse/keyboard receiver.

A long hinge along the bottom allows for easy access to the hardware just in case anything needs repair.

I found an inexpensive usb powered speaker-bar for the top.  Nothing fancy but it sounds great for the small kitchen area.


I'm just curious, why not mount the mouse receiver to the back of the screen enclosure?