iPad 2 As A Hospital Bed TV

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Nelson, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Nelson

    Nelson Guest

    I just ordered a refurbished iPad 2. My plan is to use it as a
    hospital bed TV for my wife who has MS and can't sit up in bed to watch
    TV. I have a MacBook Pro set up as a Media Center with a large
    collection of Movies, TV Shows, etc stored on an external hard drive.

    My initial plan is to use Plex to stream these videos over my 802.11n
    network to her iPad. I presume she will be able to access Hulu, etc.
    directly over the same network. In addition, I am counting on her
    being able to use the iPad voice control capability because she only
    has the use of one hand left and that is spastic.

    I would be appreciative of any experience and/or suggestions people may
    have regarding which applications to use, how to set the system up,
    mounts for the hospital bed, assistive technology, etc.

    I am an old hand at Macs but new to iPad and iOS.

    Thanks.

    --
    Nelson
     
    Nelson, Jan 7, 2012
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  2. Nelson

    sbt Guest

    In article <>, Nelson
    <> wrote:

    > I just ordered a refurbished iPad 2. My plan is to use it as a
    > hospital bed TV for my wife who has MS and can't sit up in bed to watch
    > TV. I have a MacBook Pro set up as a Media Center with a large
    > collection of Movies, TV Shows, etc stored on an external hard drive.
    >
    > My initial plan is to use Plex to stream these videos over my 802.11n
    > network to her iPad. I presume she will be able to access Hulu, etc.
    > directly over the same network. In addition, I am counting on her
    > being able to use the iPad voice control capability because she only
    > has the use of one hand left and that is spastic.
    >
    > I would be appreciative of any experience and/or suggestions people may
    > have regarding which applications to use, how to set the system up,
    > mounts for the hospital bed, assistive technology, etc.
    >
    > I am an old hand at Macs but new to iPad and iOS.
    >
    > Thanks.


    Personally, I use AirVideo on my iPad ($2.99) and AirVideo Server
    (free) on an iMac and a MacBook to serve the content.

    Voice Control isn't going to help with Hulu, Netflix, AirVideo and the
    likeŠI've only been able to make it work (and not all that well) with
    Apple's bundled Music and Video apps.

    If you convert the content on your server to iPad-compatible (Handbrake
    works well for this task...free) and place it in your computer's iTunes
    Library, you can use Home Sharing to mount the Library on the iPad
    ....then, you might be able to use Voice Control to play the content.

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    Spenser
     
    sbt, Jan 7, 2012
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  3. Nelson

    Ed Cryer Guest

    Nelson wrote:
    > I just ordered a refurbished iPad 2. My plan is to use it as a
    > hospital bed TV for my wife who has MS and can't sit up in bed to watch
    > TV. I have a MacBook Pro set up as a Media Center with a large
    > collection of Movies, TV Shows, etc stored on an external hard drive.
    >
    > My initial plan is to use Plex to stream these videos over my 802.11n
    > network to her iPad. I presume she will be able to access Hulu, etc.
    > directly over the same network. In addition, I am counting on her
    > being able to use the iPad voice control capability because she only
    > has the use of one hand left and that is spastic.
    >
    > I would be appreciative of any experience and/or suggestions people may
    > have regarding which applications to use, how to set the system up,
    > mounts for the hospital bed, assistive technology, etc.
    >
    > I am an old hand at Macs but new to iPad and iOS.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >


    If the hospital has wifi for patients then set her up with
    http://ipad.tvcatchup.com/
    I get it just fine and for free here in the UK. I don't know about the
    rest of the world, though. I'd appreciate tries and comments from other
    countries.

    Ed

    I
     
    Ed Cryer, Jan 7, 2012
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  4. Nelson

    Nelson Guest

    On Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:45:25 -0500, Ed Cryer wrote
    (in article <jeai0v$bns$>):

    > Nelson wrote:
    >> I just ordered a refurbished iPad 2. My plan is to use it as a
    >> hospital bed TV for my wife who has MS and can't sit up in bed to watch
    >> TV. I have a MacBook Pro set up as a Media Center with a large
    >> collection of Movies, TV Shows, etc stored on an external hard drive.
    >>
    >> My initial plan is to use Plex to stream these videos over my 802.11n
    >> network to her iPad. I presume she will be able to access Hulu, etc.
    >> directly over the same network. In addition, I am counting on her
    >> being able to use the iPad voice control capability because she only
    >> has the use of one hand left and that is spastic.
    >>
    >> I would be appreciative of any experience and/or suggestions people may
    >> have regarding which applications to use, how to set the system up,
    >> mounts for the hospital bed, assistive technology, etc.
    >>
    >> I am an old hand at Macs but new to iPad and iOS.
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>

    >
    > If the hospital has wifi for patients then set her up with
    > http://ipad.tvcatchup.com/
    > I get it just fine and for free here in the UK. I don't know about the
    > rest of the world, though. I'd appreciate tries and comments from other
    > countries.


    She's not in a hospital. I take care of her at home. But it looks
    like I can sign up for that for free anyway. Thanks.

    --
    Nelson
     
    Nelson, Jan 7, 2012
    #4
  5. Nelson

    Nelson Guest

    On Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:04:53 -0500, sbt wrote
    (in article <070120121004534055%>):

    > In article <>, Nelson
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >> I just ordered a refurbished iPad 2. My plan is to use it as a
    >> hospital bed TV for my wife who has MS and can't sit up in bed to watch
    >> TV. I have a MacBook Pro set up as a Media Center with a large
    >> collection of Movies, TV Shows, etc stored on an external hard drive.
    >>
    >> My initial plan is to use Plex to stream these videos over my 802.11n
    >> network to her iPad. I presume she will be able to access Hulu, etc.
    >> directly over the same network. In addition, I am counting on her
    >> being able to use the iPad voice control capability because she only
    >> has the use of one hand left and that is spastic.
    >>
    >> I would be appreciative of any experience and/or suggestions people may
    >> have regarding which applications to use, how to set the system up,
    >> mounts for the hospital bed, assistive technology, etc.
    >>
    >> I am an old hand at Macs but new to iPad and iOS.
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    > Personally, I use AirVideo on my iPad ($2.99) and AirVideo Server
    > (free) on an iMac and a MacBook to serve the content.
    >
    > Voice Control isn't going to help with Hulu, Netflix, AirVideo and the
    > likeŠI've only been able to make it work (and not all that well) with
    > Apple's bundled Music and Video apps.


    I'm thinking I can use Dragon Dictate.

    > If you convert the content on your server to iPad-compatible (Handbrake
    > works well for this task...free) and place it in your computer's iTunes
    > Library, you can use Home Sharing to mount the Library on the iPad
    > ...then, you might be able to use Voice Control to play the content.


    Thanks. That's a good suggestion if I have to fall back to it.
    Personally I hate being chained to iTunes and conversion is time
    consuming.


    --
    Nelson
     
    Nelson, Jan 7, 2012
    #5
  6. In article <jeai0v$bns$>, Ed Cryer <>
    wrote:

    > I get it just fine and for free here in the UK. I don't know about the
    > rest of the world, though. I'd appreciate tries and comments from other
    > countries.


    Sorry ...
    Unfortunately, your country is not currently supported.
    At this time, TVCatchup is available only in the United Kingdom.

    --
    Tea Party Patriots is to Patriotism as
    People's Democratic Republic is to Democracy.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Jan 8, 2012
    #6
  7. In article <-september.org>,
    Michelle Steiner <> wrote:

    > > I get it just fine and for free here in the UK. I don't know about the
    > > rest of the world, though. I'd appreciate tries and comments from
    > > other countries.

    >
    > Sorry ...
    > Unfortunately, your country is not currently supported.
    > At this time, TVCatchup is available only in the United Kingdom.


    If it's available only in the UK, does that mean that it isn't available in
    Northern Ireland?

    --
    Tea Party Patriots is to Patriotism as
    People's Democratic Republic is to Democracy.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Jan 8, 2012
    #7
  8. Nelson

    Warren Oates Guest

    In article <-september.org>,
    Michelle Steiner <> wrote:

    >
    > If it's available only in the UK, does that mean that it isn't available in
    > Northern Ireland?


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom
    --

    .... do not cover a warm kettle or your stock may sour. -- Julia Child
     
    Warren Oates, Jan 8, 2012
    #8
  9. Nelson

    Warren Oates Guest

    In article <-september.org>,
    Michelle Steiner <> wrote:

    > In article <jeai0v$bns$>, Ed Cryer <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > I get it just fine and for free here in the UK. I don't know about the
    > > rest of the world, though. I'd appreciate tries and comments from other
    > > countries.

    >
    > Sorry ...
    > Unfortunately, your country is not currently supported.
    > At this time, TVCatchup is available only in the United Kingdom.


    I might also add:

    http://www.witopia.net/welcome.php
    --

    .... do not cover a warm kettle or your stock may sour. -- Julia Child
     
    Warren Oates, Jan 8, 2012
    #9
  10. In article <4f08f70d$0$3146$c3e8da3$>,
    Warren Oates <> wrote:

    > > If it's available only in the UK, does that mean that it isn't available in
    > > Northern Ireland?

    >
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom


    Thanks for the correction; for some reason, I had thought that Great
    Britain was England, Scotland, and Wales (plus a few other islands, such
    the Channel Islands), and that the UK was Great Britain plus Northern
    Ireland.

    --
    Tea Party Patriots is to Patriotism as
    People's Democratic Republic is to Democracy.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Jan 8, 2012
    #10
  11. Nelson

    Ed Cryer Guest

    Michelle Steiner wrote:
    > In article<4f08f70d$0$3146$c3e8da3$>,
    > Warren Oates<> wrote:
    >
    >>> If it's available only in the UK, does that mean that it isn't available in
    >>> Northern Ireland?

    >>
    >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

    >
    > Thanks for the correction; for some reason, I had thought that Great
    > Britain was England, Scotland, and Wales (plus a few other islands, such
    > the Channel Islands), and that the UK was Great Britain plus Northern
    > Ireland.
    >


    Wait a few years and maybe Scotland will be out. They're already out
    emotionally speaking; have been for years. When you travel northwards
    from England there are lots of signs pointing you to "Scotland" and "The
    North". But when you try to get back to England, sheesh, you need a
    satnav or a good memory. There are no signs and all roads lead through
    central Glasgow or Bannockburn.

    As for Northern Ireland, fortunately the IRA came to their senses a
    couple of decades ago; all except a few "real" and "genuine" and
    "authentic" English-haters who try to carry on with their festering
    resentment against Oliver Cromwell et al.

    As for Wales, well, the nationalists there appear to have stopped
    burning weekend cottages and removing road-signs; ever since they put
    Welsh first with English translation second (and sometimes not quite
    right), which leaves very few even Welsh people able to read them.

    Ed
     
    Ed Cryer, Jan 8, 2012
    #11
  12. Nelson

    Warren Oates Guest

    In article <-september.org>,
    Michelle Steiner <> wrote:

    > In article <4f08f70d$0$3146$c3e8da3$>,
    > Warren Oates <> wrote:
    >
    > > > If it's available only in the UK, does that mean that it isn't available
    > > > in
    > > > Northern Ireland?

    > >
    > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom

    >
    > Thanks for the correction; for some reason, I had thought that Great
    > Britain was England, Scotland, and Wales (plus a few other islands, such
    > the Channel Islands), and that the UK was Great Britain plus Northern
    > Ireland.


    In the context of this thread, I'd be more interested in knowing if
    tvcatchup (sounds like something you'd pour over your chips) is
    available in the Irish Republic. It probably is, they've had a
    fully-blown free trade agreement since about 1950. I guess I could check
    it out with my VPN service.
    --

    .... do not cover a warm kettle or your stock may sour. -- Julia Child
     
    Warren Oates, Jan 8, 2012
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  13. Nelson

    Wes Groleau Guest

    On 01-08-2012 08:30, Ed Cryer wrote:
    > As for Wales, well, the nationalists there appear to have stopped
    > burning weekend cottages and removing road-signs; ever since they put
    > Welsh first with English translation second (and sometimes not quite
    > right), which leaves very few even Welsh people able to read them.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7702913.stm


    --
    Wes Groleau

    Learning Another Language is Hard!
    http://Ideas.Lang-Learn.us/russell?itemid=1013
     
    Wes Groleau, Jan 9, 2012
    #13
  14. In article <>,
    Nelson <> wrote:

    > On Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:04:53 -0500, sbt wrote
    > (in article <070120121004534055%>):
    >
    > > In article <>, Nelson
    > > <> wrote:
    > >
    > >> I just ordered a refurbished iPad 2. My plan is to use it as a
    > >> hospital bed TV for my wife who has MS and can't sit up in bed to watch
    > >> TV. I have a MacBook Pro set up as a Media Center with a large
    > >> collection of Movies, TV Shows, etc stored on an external hard drive.
    > >>
    > >> My initial plan is to use Plex to stream these videos over my 802.11n
    > >> network to her iPad. I presume she will be able to access Hulu, etc.
    > >> directly over the same network. In addition, I am counting on her
    > >> being able to use the iPad voice control capability because she only
    > >> has the use of one hand left and that is spastic.
    > >>
    > >> I would be appreciative of any experience and/or suggestions people may
    > >> have regarding which applications to use, how to set the system up,
    > >> mounts for the hospital bed, assistive technology, etc.
    > >>
    > >> I am an old hand at Macs but new to iPad and iOS.
    > >>
    > >> Thanks.

    > >
    > > Personally, I use AirVideo on my iPad ($2.99) and AirVideo Server
    > > (free) on an iMac and a MacBook to serve the content.
    > >
    > > Voice Control isn't going to help with Hulu, Netflix, AirVideo and the
    > > like?I've only been able to make it work (and not all that well) with
    > > Apple's bundled Music and Video apps.

    >
    > I'm thinking I can use Dragon Dictate.


    I'm pretty sure that's not going to help with voice control on iOS. That
    can take dictation instead of typing text for documents, email, etc, but
    because it's on iOS it doesn't appear to work with other apps.

    --
    Tom "Tom" Harrington
    Independent Mac OS X developer since 2002
    http://www.atomicbird.com/
     
    Tom Harrington, Jan 9, 2012
    #14
  15. Nelson

    Ed Cryer Guest

    Wes Groleau wrote:
    > On 01-08-2012 08:30, Ed Cryer wrote:
    >> As for Wales, well, the nationalists there appear to have stopped
    >> burning weekend cottages and removing road-signs; ever since they put
    >> Welsh first with English translation second (and sometimes not quite
    >> right), which leaves very few even Welsh people able to read them.

    >
    > http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7702913.stm
    >
    >


    The Scottish ones always amuse me. They're just Gaelic spellings of the
    same word, except when you get to things like Fort William and Fort
    Augustus.
    http://tinyurl.com/86h3s33

    Ed
     
    Ed Cryer, Jan 9, 2012
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