DIY Do's And Don'ts

Your Kitchen Gets Geek Chic

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time not long ago when people would never have considered their kitchen as an appropriate place for a computer.

Attitudes have changed, though, and connected devices are everywhere. That now includes the kitchen, where you'll find Internet-ready touchscreens on appliances like LG's ultra-modern refrigerator.

But why limit yourself to a tiny, appliance-mounted screen when you can add a full-blown touchscreen Windows computer just about anywhere you've got a bit of extra wall space?

After years of prodding from his wife, a DIYer in New Zealand took the plunge and custom-crafted a 19" in-wall computer complete with an iPhone-inspired interface and Internet access.

The touchscreen provides easy access to a bevy of programs including email, iTunes, Skype, Google Maps -- as well as some more kitchen-friendly ones like a timer, calculator, and kitchen database.



Want to tackle this project yourself? It's actually fairly simple as long as you have a bit of technological know-how and patience -- just have a look at the creator's installation notes and photos and get started!

For those of you who like the idea but would prefer to buy something ready-to-go, take a look at HP's Touchsmart, the Asus ET1602, or the MSI AE2220. Grab a wall mount and your toolbox, and you can have a similar system up and running in less than an hour.

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