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booman 30th January, 2012 05:09 AM

52" touch screen Kiosk build
I was challenged to build a custom machine to work as a touchscreen kiosk in a YMCA.
The computer needs to be fairly small but have the graphical capabilities to handle a 52" touchscreen.
So I'm going to estimate the whole computer, but was wondering if you guys had any ideas....
I'm not sure what kind of video card is optimized for a touchscreen that large and the operating system.
I'm sure Windows 7 could handle it, but maybe there is something better out there.
Let me know your thoughts.
If you find anything online, please link to it so I can check it out.

danrok 30th January, 2012 06:42 PM

Do they already have the touch screen?

Otherwise, something like this may be useful:
PROVANTAGE: NextWindow 2700-52303 52 inch Touch Screen Overlay Max Display Od 48.9 inch x 28.9 inch

Overlays onto any 52" screen.

If you're using that with a 1080p screen, then the graphics card requirement is not so high, because its fairly low resolution.

But, I can't really see why a 52" screen would be needed, if you're using 1080p, which isn't intended to be viewed close-up.

booman 30th January, 2012 07:47 PM

Good point Danrok. I didn't even think of that.
I think its supposed to function as an internet kiosk, but you are right...1080 is too low for up-close.
So a TV is probably out of the question. Should I look for a super big LCD/LED screen?

danrok 30th January, 2012 08:17 PM

What kind of info needs to be displayed, or is it for general internet use?

booman 30th January, 2012 08:29 PM

I'm not totally sure, but I think its for browsing websites.
Just browsing in general... for members only of course

booman 31st January, 2012 06:55 PM

Here is the initial estimate and parts for the kiosk computer.
I was thinking about using Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora or Mint) instead of Win 7, but I'm not sure how optimized they are for touchscreens.
Also, I really like this case but it only supports expansion card at about 4.5 Inches in length. The smallest I could find was a 5.7in card.
So not sure what to do with the video card, but that Sapphire looks really good for low profile.

Wish List: $600.00

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD1600BPVT 160GB 5400 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136564

SAPPHIRE 100326LP Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102958

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
Item #: N82E16832116989

APEVIA X-FIT-100 Black Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811144254

LITE-ON 8X Slim Internal DVD Burner SATA Model DS-8A8SH
Item #: N82E16827106371

ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131659

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103911

CORSAIR 2GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model CMSO2GX3M1A1333C9
Item #: N82E16820145280

booman 1st February, 2012 07:25 PM

Any ideas?
Sorry to sound like I'm in a hurry, but I have a supervisor waiting on this.

booman 16th February, 2012 09:16 PM

I sent the wishlist to my supervisor and no response yet.
I would like to build it in a much smaller form factor, but its very diffifult.

I also thought about using a MAC Mini. It seems to have all the features for a simple setup to access a website and present it on a Huge monitor with touchscreen capabilities.

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