Turn your living room into a futuristic command center with PC components

Anyone who has ever watched any incarnation of Star Trek is familiar with the bridge the crew worked on. From that room, they could view objects on a giant screen, communicate with other inhabitants of the galaxy and call up any information they needed at the time. This was originally the work of science fiction writers, but modern technology has made it ridiculously easy to recreate. Here are the PC components and video devices you need to transform your living room into your own futuristic command center.

LCD TVLCD TV
Most people already have this part of the recipe down, but those who don’t probably don’t understand what they’re missing. Besides offering video in crisp 1080p resolution, an LCD TV can be hooked up to any number of PC components to become essentially a giant computer monitor. This will form the majority of the parts of your command center that are visible.

PC
When creating a media PC, some people prefer to use a dedicated desktop computer while others would rather have a laptop they can take with them wherever they go. In any event, you’ll need a computer with an HDMI cable that can reach the wall-mounted LCD TV.

Mouse and keyboard
There’s nothing wrong with using a mouse and keyboard that connects to your computer with wires, but it will probably be more convenient (and quite a bit more attractive) if you make it a wireless mouse and keyboard. This way, you can sit on your couch and navigate the internet or your computer without needing to lean forward or worry about tripping people.

Hard drive
If you’re going to be using your command center to watch movies, listen to music, play games or entertain yourself with any other sort of media, you’ll probably want to start downloading video and other files. In this case, you’ll start collecting a lot of data you won’t ever want to delete. Upgrade your computer with an internal or external hard drive so you can build an impressive (but invisible) media library available at the touch of a keyboard.

Communications
What really makes a wall-mounted computer a command center is the ability to visually communicate with anyone you want to. If you purchase a webcam and microphone, you’ll be able to sit on your couch and take a break from the latest episode of your favorite show by video chatting with a friend who appears full-sized on your wall.

 

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3 Responses to Turn your living room into a futuristic command center with PC components

  1. Umar A May 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    I realized I had a similar idea about implementing all of the components before but, after reading this article its going to give me the motivation to make it happen. I already have a separate computer hooked up to my 40″ LCD just for watching movies and playing games. The idea about the webcam and the microphone is a great idea. I think my girlfriend would really enjoy using the webcam, in fact so much I think I might have to invest in another TV for myself.

  2. CRYSTAL LUCE June 14, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    I ALREADY HAVE THIS SETUP. MINE IS MOSTLY FOR PLAYING FLIGHT SIMULATORS. WITH SURROUND SOUND AND THE BIG SCREEN TV, IT MAKES IT MORE REALISTIC. OF COURSE YOU NEED TO HAVE THE YOKE AND FOOT PEDALS. I ALSO ENJOY PLAYING XBOX KINECT ON IT TOO.

  3. Guy Manningham July 2, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Looking into updating my office and integrating my TV and Mac platform into a “command center” for my men’s magazine. Are there any brands you recommend?

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