And now, for something completely different.
JoKur and I spent some time the other day kicking around ideas for our respective home theater systems (at home, not in Iraq, obviously).
One stellar idea that we came up with was that of small (4″ or so) LCD screens, mounted in-wall in various rooms throughout the house. These would be connected to your “entertainment PC” in another room, and could be used to control your music player application to deliver music from the PC to speakers in the room.
It’s totally doable, in theory, and conceivably it wouldn’t cost much, but the big problem is what kind of LCD screens to use?
We initially tossed around the idea of using regular off-the-shelf LCD screens for Playstations or Xboxes, then modifying them to run off house power and using a long S-video cable run. The second idea (which is really quite idea) was to use one of these drive-bay LCD displays – the advantage being that they are software-programmable and have buttons to perform exactly the functions we want. However, the limiting factor is that they’re USB devices; JoKur claims that “you can do anything with Cat5” and I’m inclined to believe him, but can you really make a 100ft+ run of USB cable (when the specs say the maximum single cable length is 5m/16ft?)? Because if you can’t, that idea is toast.
So…any super-geniuses out there have any great ideas? Totally wild and/or off-the-wall suggestions are welcomed and encouraged – especially anything involving lots of Dremel usage, Cat5 cable being used inappropriately, or gratuitously hacking apart devices.