From their site: “MisterHouse is an open source home automation program. It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s entirely geeky. Written in Perl, it fires events based on time, web, socket, voice, and serial data. It currently runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2k/XP and on most Unix based platforms, including Linux and Mac OSX. ”

From their site:
“Here is some example speech output:

* Turning furnace heat off after 20 minutes at 69.1 degrees
* Notice, the sun is bright at 32 percent, and it is cold outside at 24 degrees, so I am opening the curtains at 8:07 AM
* The van is traveling north at 58 mph 0.8 miles west of Walmart.
* The car is parked at Friedell School.
* Email account nick has 1 new email message from accountmanager.
* Notice, Nick has been on the computer for 2.1 hours today.
* The front door has been left open.
* Phone call from Mal and Beth Winter from Montana.
* Notice, there is 1 favorite show starting now: Dilbert on channel 8.
* 8:58 PM. VCR recording will be started in 2 minutes for Southpark on channel 47.
* Notice, there were 668 web hits from 74 clients in the last day.”

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7″ Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player with Swivel Screen

finally found a portable dvd player that I might want to purchase.
At $89 the Coby TF-DVD7307 Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player may be the cheapest portable DVD player on the market.
I like that it has audio/video inputs. You could use the inputs to play a game console.

Compact Portable Design
7″ Widescreen (16:9) TFT Color Display
Plays DVD/DVD¡¾R/RW/CD/CD-R/RW/MP3 and JPEG Compatible
Built-in Anti-skip Circuitry
Multiple Subtitles/Viewing Angles, Slow/Fast Motion Play, Zoom Operation
Convenient On-screen Display
Composite Video Out
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
Headphone Jack for Private Listening
Audio/Video Input Jack for Video Games, VCR or Other AV Sources

Unit Dimensions: 7.7″ X 1.5″ X 6.3″ (WHD)
Gift Box Dimensions: 10.2″ X 9.45″ X 6.3″ (WHD)

Full Function Remote Control
AV Cable
100-240V UL Listed AC Adapter
DC Car Adapter
Stereo Headphones
Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
Headrest Mounting Bag

via: Daily Giz Wiz Episode 281