[mythtv-users] Touchscreen

R. Geoffrey Newbury newbury at mandamus.org
Fri Dec 2 17:27:42 EST 2005

On Tue, 29 Nov 2005 16:52:30 +0100, Peter Osterberg wrote:

>Jeff Simpson wrote:
>>     I have serious thoought of buying one of those expensive boxes with a
>>     built in touchscreen. This is mainly because I find it annoying to
>>     have
>>     to light up my projector when I only want to start a music track. I
>>     think it would be really cool if all the standard Myth display
>>     could be
>>     presented on the touchscreen and the menu could be navigated with just
>>     my fingertips.
>> If you are thinking of having multiple screens anyway, why not just go 
>> the console
>> with keyboard and mouse route? Use the projector for actually 
>> displaying video + etc,
>> and use the monitor for the menu systems. It would probably cost 
>> significantly less than
>> a touchscreen system, and you can still operate it with a remote or 
>> arrow keys very easily.
>To navigate using the keyboard is of course my second option but it 
>isn't quite as cool as navigating with a touch screen.
>I didn't know that it was possible to tweak the Myth GUI to oprerate on 
>two separate screen as you describe. Are there any HOWTO available that 
>describes how to set that up?
>I can see how I can manage to get xine or mplayer to display on any 
>device using command line options but how do I do this with the "player" 
>that Myth uses for displaying TV or recorded shows?

Another route would be to use a programmable remote, such as the Phillips
Pronto, Marantz RC9500 or Sony RM-VL710 series. All of these are
programmable with macros. The Phillips and some of the Sony RM-AV series
have touchscreens. And one of those would be much cheaper than a full
computer box with touchscreen.

Lots of cell-phones are java enable these days too, and have bluetooth.
You could program your cell phone as a remote...

I have a Sony-Ericsson T610 and there are at least 2 remote programs for

R. Geoffrey Newbury                          newbury at mandamus.org
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