Forget about netbooks — who doesn’t want a mini PC right on the wall of their kitchen or living room?
The new Protege8 and Protege15 touchscreens from Borg Displays are designed as Windows- or Linux-based solutions that can be tied into home automation systems, media servers or used as common PC applications.
The Protege touchscreens, through a professional integrator, can work with systems from companies such as HAI, Myro, Elk, HomeLogic and Cinemar to engage home control commands, plus you can tie in energy management or solar inverters from companies like FatSpaniel, says Borg.
Because you can have custom Windows XP-embedded operation, you can surf the web, do instant messenger and other PC-based options right from the screen, and Borg says the always-on screens still use much less energy than a regular PC. The Protege8 features an 8-inch bright LED-backlit screen, while the Protege15 has traditional LCD screen that’s 15 inches.
Along with Windows media, the touchscreens can also integrate with media servers from companies such as Escient and Kaleidescape to give you multiroom entertainment command.
Perhaps trying to appeal to all preferences of computer users, the company notes that its acrylic bezel and soft-touch capacitive buttons have the feel of Apple devices. They’ll just have to live with the Windows XP or Linux inside.