Touch Panels

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* http://cims.nyu.edu/~stucchio/software/djpirate/index.html
 
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* http://sourceforge.net/projects/mmpd/
 
* http://sourceforge.net/projects/mmpd/
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=Build Procedures=
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* Log into stallion and make changes to the files in /netboot/config.
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* rm -rf binary* cache chroot
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* sudo lh_build --force
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* Back up the contents of /srv/debian-live
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* If everything worked, move /netboot/binary/* and /netboot/tftpboot to /srv/debian-live
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* Reboot all the netbooted machines
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* If the results worked, do a hg commit in /netboot/config.

Revision as of 01:51, 12 January 2011

A bunch of folks worked on getting the touch panels working. Then another bunch of folks wanted to setup some sort of crazy control Noisebridge in case of a fire thing with it, SCADA.

The system that runs the touchpanel laptop (thinkpad) by the door (172.30.0.31) is required for opengate-www and opengate scripts to work. It is connected by parallel port to a relay which is linked into the door buzzer system.

This laptop runs uses PXE boot and an image from a tftp server on Stallion to runTemplate:Verify. It will not boot without network and this server on the remote system.

Currently the boot image for the panel starts up linux, runs Iceweasel full screen and points to a URL on Pony. There's a neat extensible interface that provides information and control regarding things we currently have in the space.

Contents

Requirements

Fundamentals

  • Setup a system where anyone can create apps and content for this system.
  • "Don't suggest it and walk away, implement it instead!"

Back end

  • Apache! Web apps!
    • Everyone can write web pages!

Functionality

  • You touch the touch panel and it clicks
  • You drag on the touch panel and it moves the mouse
  • When the thing boots it brings up a browser full screen
  • After a time out the browser resets to a "main menu" of sorts
    • Includes current time
  • After a time out the box brings up some sort of interesting screen saver
  • The browser is killed and restarted once every 3 hours to help with getting stuck in a weird state
    • Possibly displaying the current time
  • When navigating away from the main menu, there's a "home bar" at top
    • Link to the menu
    • Title of the current page
    • Current time

Application

  • Open the gate
  • Control X10 lights
  • Simplistic jukebox
    • Currently playing on the main menu
  • Control the mediacenter
  • A "internet browser" interface

Information

  • Local restaurants and menus for each
  • Bus times
  • Bart Times
  • Listing of events at Noisebridge, or the new scheduler
  • Weather
    • With some info on the main menu
  • Watch a hacker space, links to web cams for other spaces

Bugs

  • Scroll bars are going to be tricky
  • Navigating to pages outside of the panel site might lead to the browser getting into a weird state. The dumb fix is to kill and restart the browser session every once in a while (3 hours sounds good).

Installed Plugins

  • Refresh2
  • autohide
  • Grab and Drag

Jukebox interfaces

Build Procedures

  • Log into stallion and make changes to the files in /netboot/config.
  • rm -rf binary* cache chroot
  • sudo lh_build --force
  • Back up the contents of /srv/debian-live
  • If everything worked, move /netboot/binary/* and /netboot/tftpboot to /srv/debian-live
  • Reboot all the netbooted machines
  • If the results worked, do a hg commit in /netboot/config.
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