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6.5. Extensions

Girder is much more than the control language of the UIRT2—it has the ability to interact with many varied systems. For example, you can use Girder to respond to CD/DVD insertion events, perhaps powering up devices such as the stereo or television. Maybe inserting a DVD automatically dims the lights after giving you time to reach your seat. Or you could have Girder insert a short film from your collection before and then start the movie after, just like in the old days!

You can even use Girder in a client/server mode that allows multiple machines to communicate with each other. You might envision a scenario where you have a rack-mounted media server with massive storage and multiple TV tuner cards gathering all of you favorite shows. You could have a small PC with a 7-inch touch-screen panel acting as a dashboard for your home theater system; you could have another PC, or perhaps the media server, driving the UIRT2 to control the IR devices. The Internet Event Client/Server plug-ins allow these devices to relay events to other Girder-enabled computers to orchestrate more complex control designs. You could use the touch-screen interface to specify a television show to be scheduled and recorded by the media server. The possibilities are nearly endless.


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