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CodeImp

Star Trek -like home computer

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Those of you who hate Star Trek, or dislike technology, save yourself a few minutes and click away from this topic now or just ALT+F4 it.

When I'm not working on Doom Builder, I play some games to relax or work on my home computer. Here is a video of my home computer;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vOvDFxn76g

Both the computer and the software is self made. The interface is inspired by the LCARS interface from Star Trek.

Shown in this video are:
- Agenda/Calendar
- Shopping list (Groceries)
- Rain radar
- Train departure times (because the train station is nearby)
- Library & Media player (connected to home cinema set)
- Internet browser

Not shown, but also operational:
- Bluetooth support (notice the Transfer button, allows you to send MP3s or the shopping list to your telephone)
- Torrent downloading (notice the Downloads button under the Multimedia category and the Downloads directory in the library)

More will be added as I get ideas and time to develop them. Why don't I control my home lights with this? Because the needed hardware costs a LOT and the light switch next to the door is more practical in the end anyway. Maybe some day I will add it just because it is cool.

Suggestions are welcome.

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CodeImp said:

When I'm not working on Doom Builder, I play some games to relax or work on my home computer. Here is a video of my home computer;


Very cool, but you play games and relax by standing up with your arm out in front of a little screen?

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Thanks Nomad :) I like it too :)

Bank said:

Very cool, but you play games and relax by standing up with your arm out in front of a little screen?

Heh no, this is not the computer I usually work or play games on. It is completely dedicated for my living room. My working/gaming computer has two 24" widescreen monitors :D

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I could easily be lumped in with the "don't like technology" crowd but even I find that incredibly cool. Nice job.

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CodeImp said:

Both the computer and the software is self made.


The entire operating system? Or the interface and all of the programs?

Either way, you are amazing.

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Okudagrams! <3
You need a comm badge that picks up voice commands, and raise Majel Barrett from the dead to record the computer voice!

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CodeImp said:

Because the needed hardware costs a LOT and the light switch next to the door is more practical in the end anyway.


I laughed.

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That is, without a doubt, one of the nerdiest things I've ever seen in my extensive time on the internet... Keep up the good work.:-)

CodeImp said:

More will be added as I get ideas and time to develop them. Why don't I control my home lights with this? Because the needed hardware costs a LOT and the light switch next to the door is more practical in the end anyway. Maybe some day I will add it just because it is cool.

Suggestions are welcome.

I would automate a few of the lights. Specifically, the exterior ones, for when you get home after dark. About the only other practical application I can think of would be climate control.

You really nailed the LCARS 'feel'.

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Oh man, I've always wanted a computer that could do this. Okudagrams for the win.

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Bonus points for those mentioning "Okudagrams" :) I remember reading about that when I searched for LCARS on the net.

Some pics "behind the scenes"









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I spy a Heineken. Good beer that :)

I was expecting an exposed motherboard, hdd, etc rather than a whole PC behind that panel.

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CodeImp, maybe you should team up with this guy. You have awesome software and he has too much experience in Voyager-esque interior design. :D

What I want to know is did that guy draw all his own Okudagrams, find plans online, or did he maybe call the Okudas (yes, they are a couple) and pester them?

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Planky said:

I spy a Heineken. Good beer that :)


If it's not synthohol, then the whole project is an forceful attempt to look geeky.

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Planky said:

I spy a Heineken. Good beer that :)



HEINEKEN? FUCK THAT SHIT, PABST BLUE RIBBON!

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Well spotted. Heineken is nice :)

Planky said:

I was expecting an exposed motherboard, hdd, etc rather than a whole PC behind that panel.

Why would I do that when it is much safer to keep everything in a computer casing? I'm sure it would look cooler if all the parts were exposed, but it is behind a panel anyway, it doesn't have to look cool in there :P

Aliotroph? said:

CodeImp, maybe you should team up with this guy. You have awesome software and he has too much experience in Voyager-esque interior design. :D

What I want to know is did that guy draw all his own Okudagrams, find plans online, or did he maybe call the Okudas (yes, they are a couple) and pester them?

Yea I've seen that. I'm not going that far though. Also, I like my interior design as it is.
It is not hard to make some okudagrams yourself (he probably did, or he downloaded some from the net) there are a few rules to it, but I didn't comply to all these rules. For example, my coloring is more relaxed and gray-ish than the original, because I want it to fit my interior and not screaming for attention "look at me, I've got so many colors".

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For some reason the access panel reminds me of the AC unit Dexter would stash his blood slides in. Very cool setup. I was expecting some sort of VESA mount behind the monitor installed into the wall. Or see a matx, or itx, form factor case.

Other theory was that you did an entire integrated tablet unit. All you need now is a replicator and a Holodeck to run Doom Builder 3D mode.

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