Shuttle's mini PC with built-in touchscreen doesn't require a monitor

Sep 19, 2008 by Lisa Zyga weblog
Shuttle D10
The Shuttle D10 PC (right) has a touchscreen display that allows users to monitor their home security system feeds as well as control their entertainment, such as watching TV (left), listening to music, or surfing the Internet. Credit: Shuttle, Inc.

A small PC with an embedded LCD touchscreen may sound like an interesting idea, but you may wonder how practical it would be. Especially when the computer's 7-inch screen has a resolution of just 800x480, making it difficult to stare at for too long.

But according to Shuttle Inc., the Taiwan-based manufacturer that invented this "small form factor" computer called the D10, the device is intended specifically for the home. The company is highlighting the D10´s usefulness as an entertainment center and home security system that is simple enough for kids and the elderly to use.

The D10 eliminates the need for not only the keyboard and mouse, but also the monitor. Shuttle promises that the PC´s graphic user interface allows users to control various multimedia applications in an easy-to-use format. The D10 can connect directly to TVs, and family members can enjoy movies, TV programs, Internet surfing and music using either the touchscreen display or an infrared remote control.

The D10´s home security system lets users connect surveillance equipment and software, allowing home owners to monitor rooms and entrances of the house in real-time on the quadrant screen. When away from home, users can access the real-time information online. The dual display allows users to view and control both the entertainment features and the surveillance features simultaneously.

The D10 PC comes with the choice of a Core 2 Duo E4000 series, E2000 series, or Celeron 400 series CPU, along with 2GB RAM, four USB ports, and other features.

Shuttle plans to make the D10 available by the end of this week in Japan for a price of about 330€ (about $500). There is no word yet on releasing the device in other areas.

More information: Shuttle D10

via: Dvice and Akihabara News

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SMMAssociates
not rated yet Sep 19, 2008
IMHO, this makes perfect sense as a "controller" - you really don't need a 19" monitor and 1300x1300 (or whatever) to do home security, temperature control, or pick which movie (or audio CD) to play next on the "big screen"....

Actually watching said movie, OTOH, probably wouldn't cut it.

This might also work for e-mail, but other solutions may already exist that are better.

earls
not rated yet Sep 20, 2008
Not a "solution" I'm looking for.