If you’re using powerful Mac Mini as a home, media or automation server then you may be interested in 1U hight rackmount enclosure RackMac produced by Sonnet. It allows mount two Mac Mini into rack. Additionally it provides access to the optical drive and IR receiver from the front panel as well as USB port to connect keyboard, mouse or something else. Also it secures the power cord and other attached cables to avoid accidental disconnects while keeping them tidy and manages airflow from front to back.
Crestron announced its new addition for iPad called iPanel. iPanel not just a frame for the Apple device. It brings to iPad a set of hard buttons – Volume Up/Down, Mute, Lights, Home, Guide, Info, Exit, Left, Right, Up, Down, Select. The iPanel is connected to the iPad’s multipin connector.
Together with Crestron application for iPad the iPanel might turn the iPad into full functional touchscreen control panel. It’s priced at less then $500 including dock.
Another in-wall mounts for iPad and iPod Touch – iPort was announced recently. As their analogues they are expensive – $500 and $250 respectively. Both mounts use chassis with a magnetically attached, rectangular fascia. That approach allows install or remove iPad or iPod Touch easily without using any special tools and it makes that kind of the mounts for Apple devices an unique. So, if you’d like to use your iPad or iPod Touch as in-wall controller as well as portable device the iPort looks the best option for that purpose.