I’ve been looking at trying to setup a control panel in my kitchen. Needs the following
- be accepted by the spouse
- be useable for the streaming services we use during cooking
- be touchscreen for the control panel
- be somewhere between 15-22”
So I’ve been watching for touchscreen monitors for a while. You’re looking at least this expensive for just a monitor. And it will be way thicker.
So other consideration is a barebones LCD panel, touchscreen panel and control board. You’re now up in $$ again to something similar but with worry about compatibility. Though much smaller without the bezel. Could also buy a monitor and disassemble it so you know the parts are compatible.
Then you’re on to what you use to generate the source material. Do you use a mini-PC running windows (priciest if options likely but also probably most compatible with streaming DRM and web content), a raspberry pi (much cheaper but then you worry about native browser drm compatibility as well as resources to drive content) or maybe a repurposed Samsung galaxy phone (which spouse uses and had its own desktop environment) but you have to worry about android updates and app compatibility.
So you can absolutely create a similar panel that does everything locally but it’s work that is eliminated by buying a prebuilt device. Run Hubitat dash and it’s local.
Benefits of the Amazon device seem to be the camera/facial recognition and the ability to customize messages etc for the specific person when it sees them. Not sure about how to do that on an android tablet or on windows/raspberry pi with camera.