Kiosk Mode for your own VR app

In this guide we’ll guide you through the process of installing Kiosk mode for your own VR app. After which your VR app will automatically start when the device is powered on. Installation will take around 10 minutes.

What you need to get started

Enabling developer mode

First make sure you have downloaded zip file and unzip it on your computer. In order to install you need to enable developer mode for your VR device and activate USB debugging. You can find instructions for the Oculus GO here and the PICO here.

Step 2. Install Kiosk Mode

Connect your VR device to your computer using USB. Make sure it’s the only Android device connected. Install Kiosk mode by double clicking the ‘install appforcer.bat’ file in the unzipped folder.

Step 3 Obtaining your Bundle ID

The Kiosk Mode software need to know which app to start when booting. This is done by using a Bundle ID, a reference to the application which usually consists of a reversed URL. For example:‘ nl.vrowl.eventapp.android’ is the Bundle ID for Look&Play.

You can find the Bundle ID by:

  • Contacting the developer of the app
  • Opening your .apk file using Winzip or Winrar. Then open AndroidManifest.xml using MS Notepad. Search for phrase ‘package’ or ‘Build Version Name’ and you should find something similar to:  nl.vrowl.eventapp.android
  • If the app is installed in the Play store it’s in the URL. In the Look&Play URL you see it clearly visible: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.vrowl.eventapp.android&hl=nl

Step 4. Configuring Kiosk Mode

By default the Kiosk mode starts the Look&Play app. To start your own app, first create a text file with Notepad, then paste your Bundle ID and name the file appforcerconfig.txt. Lastly paste the file in the root folder (next to folders like ‘Android’ and ‘Download’) of your VR device.

Step 4. Using Kiosk Mode

Running Kiosk Mode

Kiosk Mode will always run in the background and start when the VR device boots.  The user can’t the application and will be forced back to the app after a few seconds.

Disable Kiosk Mode

To disable Kiosk mode you need to alternate the volume buttons 3 times within 3 seconds (so 6 presses total). Make sure the volume is not set to 0 when doing so.

Uninstalling Kiosk Mode

Since Kiosk Mode is not a VR app, it will not show up in the list of regular apps. You can use the uninstall script to remove the Kiosk mode. Simply connect your VR device to your PC and click the uninstall appforcer.bat to remove Kiosk mode from your device.

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Plataformas soportadas

¿Qué plataformas son compatibles?

Look & Play es compatible con los dispositivos Oculus Go & Quest, PicoVR y Android. Instala la aplicación Look & Play en tu auricular VR usando nuestro código de activación. Para los dispositivos Android, puedes descargar la aplicación a través del Play Store.

¿Cuáles son los requisitos mínimos de mi smartphone Android?

Una regla general es que tu teléfono debe tener un giroscopio y suficiente potencia informática para reproducir un vídeo VR. Aqui puedes verificar si tu teléfono tiene un giroscopio: https://www.gsmarena.com/. Además, puedes verificar si tu teléfono puede reproducir contenidos de VR abriendo un vídeo 360° en YouTube o en tu smartphone mismo.

 

¿Look & Play funciona en Oculus Go?

Si, funciona.

Contenido

¿Look & Play admite la resolución 4K?

Sí, Look & Play admite vídeo monoscópico y estereoscópico de hasta 4K.

¿Qué tipo de contenido es compatible?

Look & Play admite: – Vídeo 360° monoscópico – Vídeo 360° estereoscópico – Audio espacial – Foto 360° para la sala de espera customizada

Especificaciones de vídeo: Códec: H265 o H264 .mp4 Resolución del archivo: 3840×1920 FPS: 30 Velocidad de bits máxima: 16 mb / s Audio : Audio estéreo aac o .tbe Especificaciones de branding: Códec JPFG, PNG Resolución de imagen de fondo: 3480×1920 Résolución de iconos: 512×512

¿Cuántos contenidos puedo cargar en mi dispositivo?

Puedes subir una cantidad ilimitada de vídeos de 360°. Ten en cuenta que puedes agregar un máximo de 20 archivos de vídeo por cada carpeta. La cantidad total solo está restringida por la capacidad de tu dispositivo.

 

¿Cuáles son las especificaciones recomendadas para un vídeo de 360°?

Códec: H265 o H264 Resolución: 3840×1920 FPS: 30 Velocidad de bits máxima: 16 mb / s Audio: audio estéreo aac o .tbe

 

¿Cuáles son las especificaciones recomendadas para un fondo de 360°?

Códec JPG, PNG Resolución: 3840×1920

¿Cuáles son las especificaciones recomendadas para los iconos?

Resolución PNG del Codex: 512×512 Recomendamos encarecidamente utilizar iconos con un fondo transparente.

¿Apoyáis audio espacial?

Si, admitimos archivos Two Big Ear (.tbe).

¿Permitís vídeo estereoscópico 360?

Si, admitimos TB y LR estereoscópicos, así como archivos monoscópicos.

 

¿Es también posible reproducir vídeos 2D?

Sí, los archivos con el sufijo _2d admiten videos e imágenes 2D. Ejemplo: myvideo_2d.mp4 o myimage_2d.png.

¿Qué tipo de audio es compatible?

Admitimos audio estéreo estándar, así como audio espacial en forma de Two Big Ears (.tbe)

 

Kiosk mode for VR headsets

Kiosk mode for VR headsets

Have you ever wanted to show a customer or a friend a cool 360 video or an app to sell your product? Only to discover this person switched apps while your weren’t paying attention? With the Kiosk mode for VR headsets you will take control of the Virtual Reality experience, while delivering your customers and friends with the experience you want them to experience. What is Kiosk mode, why use it and how can you activate this option for your Virtual Reality headset? All these questions will be answered in this article!

What is VR Kiosk mode?

If you want to show a presentation on a computer device like a computer, tablet or a Virtual Reality headset, the system will not be protected from user interaction. On a TV screen in a waiting room this is not an issue, but when a device is used with build-in interactive features this could pose a problem. With the Kiosk mode option some or all interactive features are disabled for the end user. This allows you to show an application without the possibility to switch apps or return to the home screen.

Why use a VR Kiosk mode for VR headsets?

On one hand the interactive possibilities of VR headsets are the main attraction, on the other hand it can pose a problem if you hand the VR glasses over to a potential customer. With a Virtual Reality headset in particular you lose control over the presentation at the moment the user puts on the headset. One wrong button press and the client will see the home screen or a completely different app. This will take the user out of the experience, and it can cost you precious time while a que of potential customers keeps growing longer.

How to activate advanced features on your Virtual Reality headset

Most VR glasses are created for end users or professionals, and not for promotional activities. They operate using a central interface or app launcher with easy access to all features of the headset. Restricting buttons and features is usually not a standard option. But there are several solutions to force the system in a locked off mode for presentation purposes. Here are the three most often used methods:

  1. A developer mode is activated allowing the user to configure custom settings including a Kiosk VR mode for VR headsets.
  2. The original startup sequence of the device is replaced with an alternative program.
  3. After booting the device a third-party app is installed onto the device allowing the owner to set custom options.

Note that most manufacturers of Virtual Reality devices do not actively support a VR Kiosk mode for VR headsets. At the moment of writing both Pico and Lenovo officially allow this option, Oculus and HTC do not. And even the brands that support this use of their products often make it a cumbersome task to change the original software. It can’t be compared to the straightforward accessibility options that you will find in PC’s and tablet computers.

The keyword is Android

Most if not all standalone consumer VR headsets use the Android operating system as the backbone of their devices. They usually add an additional layer, like the Oculus Home interface as used on the Gear VR and the Oculus Go. Android does support restrictions on interaction, by tapping directly into this operating system it is possible to run the headset in Kiosk mode. Developers can enter ‘developer mode’ and access all available features of the system, for instance locking the device to one app, or limiting the use of the hardware buttons on the headset and the controller.

How to bypass the Kiosk mode?

You can now lock the system, but how can you exit this feature? That depends on the method used and the specific device. It could be a hard reboot or a special sequence of keypresses. This also depends on the developer that has bypassed the standard interface. It’s not the intention to render the VR glasses unusable for regular use, it’s just a temporary state that can be reversed. There are standard applications that allow anyone to install a hack, no technical expertise required. But that could backfire and void the warranty on the device. Not all manufacturers support this tampering, they can update the firmware to block these unauthorized hacks, and potentially ‘brick’ the headset in the process. It’s therefore recommended to contact a knowledgeable software developer to assist you.

Is it worth it?

If you use VR headsets in a professional environment, and in particular for presentations or a point-of-sale setup then yes, it will be definitely worth it. The setup process will vary from very easy to quite complicated, but once the Kiosk mode is activated you will quickly reap the benefits. In most cases the device can be reversed to the factory settings, so the risk of voiding the warranty is limited. Do contact a specialized company to make sure you don’t break any rules or damage your equipment. The additional features after ‘hacking’ may vary depending on the method used and the expertise of the user.

Funciones de software

¿Es posible cargar múltiples vídeos de 360° en mi dispositivo?

Si. Puedes subir una cantidad ilimitada de vídeos de 360°. Ten en cuenta que puedes agregar un máximo de 20 archivos de vídeo por cada carpeta. La cantidad total solo está restringida por la capacidad de tu dispositivo.

 

¿Es posible agregar audio espacial a mi vídeo de 360°?

Si, esto es posible.

¿Cómo comienzo un vídeo de 360°?

Una vez que inicies la aplicación Look & Play, te encontrarás en una sala de espera virtual. Aquí puedes comenzar un vídeo de 360° mirando el icono durante unos segundos. Una vez que termine el vídeo, volverás automáticamente a la sala de espera.

¿Dónde puedo descargar la aplicación Look & Play?

Para Oculus Go y Samsung Gear VR, solo puedes descargar la aplicación utilizando el código de activación que recibirás de nosotros una vez que hayas comprado tu licencia. Para tu dispositivo Android, puedes descargar la aplicación en Play Store, esta será una versión de cardboard. Para ambas opciones, también necesitas el código de licencia para poder comenzar a usar la aplicación Look & Play.

Apoyo

¿Hay una guía disponible?

Sí, hemos creado una guía que explica cómo instalar la aplicación Look & play y cómo puedes preparar tu contenido y cargarlo en tu dispositivo. Puedes descargarla aquí.

¿Hay una página de soporte?

Sí, hay una página de soporte. Puedes hacer clic aquí para llegar a la página.

¿Cómo puedo contactar a su equipo de soporte?

Puedes enviarnos un mail a sales@lookandplay.io o llamarnos al: +31 30 71 16 158

 

Compras y licencias

¿Puedo pedir una licencia para una fecha determinada?

Si, esto es posible. Al comprar una licencia, puedes indicar la fecha de inicioque te conviene.

 

¿Cómo puedo pagar mi licencia?

Puedes pagar mediante transferencia bancaria, PayPal, tarjeta de crédito, Bancontact, Sofort, Multibanco, Przelewy24, EPS, iDeal y Giropay.

 

Quiero revender Look & Play, ¿es esto posible?

Ofrecemos descuentos especiales para revendedores y socios. Pónte en contacto con sales@lookandplay.io para obtener más información.

 

¿Es posible obtener una licencia del software para una semana?

Si, esto es posible. El coste por semana es de 5 € por dispositivo. Los costes totales dependerán de la cantidad de dispositivos que te gustaría usar.

 

¿Cuál es el modelo de precios de Look & Play?

Look & Play funciona con precios flexibles. El precio depende de la cantidad de dispositivos y del tiempo utilizado. Puedes encontrar más información en la página de precios.

 

¿Es posible terminar la licencia antes y recuperar el dinero?

No, no es posible terminar una licencia antes de lo planeado.

 

¿Es posible reducir la cantidad de dispositivos durante un año de licencia?

Si, esto es posible. Envíe un correo electrónico a sales@lookandplay.io para reducir la cantidad de dispositivos.

¿Cómo funciona el proceso de compra?

Tan pronto como realices un pedido o envíes un correo electrónico a sales@lookandplay.io, recibirás un correo electrónico de bienvenida. En este correo electrónico te comunicaremos el código de activación y el código de licencia. Los necesitarás para instalar la aplicación Look & Play y poder usarla.

 

¿Cómo extiendo mi licencia?

Solicita una nueva licencia en el sitio web o envía un correo electrónico a sales@lookandplay.io. Después de tu pedido, recibirás un correo electrónico automático con un nuevo código de licencia. Puedes usar este código para continuar usando Look & Play.

 

Modo Quiosco

Kiosk mode for VR headsets

Kiosk mode for VR headsets

Have you ever wanted to show a customer or a friend a cool 360 video or an app to sell your product? Only to discover this person switched apps while your weren’t paying attention? With the Kiosk mode for VR headsets you will take control of the Virtual Reality experience, while delivering your customers and friends with the experience you want them to experience. What is Kiosk mode, why use it and how can you activate this option for your Virtual Reality headset? All these questions will be answered in this article!

What is VR Kiosk mode?

If you want to show a presentation on a computer device like a computer, tablet or a Virtual Reality headset, the system will not be protected from user interaction. On a TV screen in a waiting room this is not an issue, but when a device is used with build-in interactive features this could pose a problem. With the Kiosk mode option some or all interactive features are disabled for the end user. This allows you to show an application without the possibility to switch apps or return to the home screen.

Why use a VR Kiosk mode for VR headsets?

On one hand the interactive possibilities of VR headsets are the main attraction, on the other hand it can pose a problem if you hand the VR glasses over to a potential customer. With a Virtual Reality headset in particular you lose control over the presentation at the moment the user puts on the headset. One wrong button press and the client will see the home screen or a completely different app. This will take the user out of the experience, and it can cost you precious time while a que of potential customers keeps growing longer.

How to activate advanced features on your Virtual Reality headset

Most VR glasses are created for end users or professionals, and not for promotional activities. They operate using a central interface or app launcher with easy access to all features of the headset. Restricting buttons and features is usually not a standard option. But there are several solutions to force the system in a locked off mode for presentation purposes. Here are the three most often used methods:

  1. A developer mode is activated allowing the user to configure custom settings including a Kiosk VR mode for VR headsets.
  2. The original startup sequence of the device is replaced with an alternative program.
  3. After booting the device a third-party app is installed onto the device allowing the owner to set custom options.

Note that most manufacturers of Virtual Reality devices do not actively support a VR Kiosk mode for VR headsets. At the moment of writing both Pico and Lenovo officially allow this option, Oculus and HTC do not. And even the brands that support this use of their products often make it a cumbersome task to change the original software. It can’t be compared to the straightforward accessibility options that you will find in PC’s and tablet computers.

The keyword is Android

Most if not all standalone consumer VR headsets use the Android operating system as the backbone of their devices. They usually add an additional layer, like the Oculus Home interface as used on the Gear VR and the Oculus Go. Android does support restrictions on interaction, by tapping directly into this operating system it is possible to run the headset in Kiosk mode. Developers can enter ‘developer mode’ and access all available features of the system, for instance locking the device to one app, or limiting the use of the hardware buttons on the headset and the controller.

How to bypass the Kiosk mode?

You can now lock the system, but how can you exit this feature? That depends on the method used and the specific device. It could be a hard reboot or a special sequence of keypresses. This also depends on the developer that has bypassed the standard interface. It’s not the intention to render the VR glasses unusable for regular use, it’s just a temporary state that can be reversed. There are standard applications that allow anyone to install a hack, no technical expertise required. But that could backfire and void the warranty on the device. Not all manufacturers support this tampering, they can update the firmware to block these unauthorized hacks, and potentially ‘brick’ the headset in the process. It’s therefore recommended to contact a knowledgeable software developer to assist you.

Is it worth it?

If you use VR headsets in a professional environment, and in particular for presentations or a point-of-sale setup then yes, it will be definitely worth it. The setup process will vary from very easy to quite complicated, but once the Kiosk mode is activated you will quickly reap the benefits. In most cases the device can be reversed to the factory settings, so the risk of voiding the warranty is limited. Do contact a specialized company to make sure you don’t break any rules or damage your equipment. The additional features after ‘hacking’ may vary depending on the method used and the expertise of the user.

¿Para qué dispositivos está disponible el modo quiosco?

El modo quiosco está disponible para los dispositivos Oculus GO, Oculus Quest y PICO.

 

¿Cuánto cuesta el modo quiosco?

El modo quiosco es gratuito para la aplicación Look & Play. Si deseas utilizarlo para tu propia aplicación de realidad virtual, los costes son de 145 € para una licencia de por vida.

¿El modo Kiosk desactiva la calibración necesaria para volver a centrar el Oculus GO?

No, lamentablemente no hay forma de evitar esto. Cada vez que se quita la Oculus GO, debes volver a centrarla cuando la vuelves a colocar.

¿Dónde puedo descargar el modo quiosco para Oculus GO y PICO?

Puedes encontrar los enlaces de descarga e instrucciones aquí: https://lookandplay.io/download/

 

How to activate Kiosk Mode on the Oculus Go

The Oculus Go is widely regarded as the first consumer headset that is suitable for general use. VR headsets for PC like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive require some technical expertise and are more expensive, and simple smartphone cradles like the Gear VR and the Google Cardboard require separate hardware to function.

The user friendly approach of the Go makes it a great solution for presentations, events and commercial use. Unfortunately the standard interface does not allow a professional user to limit the functionality to a particular app or video. Is it possible to use this VR headset in Kiosk Mode?

Why use Kiosk Mode?

Every business user that has ever handed an electronic device over to a customer knows how important a Kiosk Mode is for commercial use. If you show a video on a tablet you don’t want the user to switch apps, if you show an interactive PowerPoint presentation on a laptop you don’t want the user to format the hard drive by mistake. It’s pretty straightforward to turn off interactive features on these devices, making them ideal for commercial presentations and Point of Sale exhibitions.

Oculus Go for presentations

VR headsets are interactive by definition. Even a passive 360 video requires the viewer to physically wear the device. This poses a problem for business use, in particular during a crowded event without a direct view on the screen.

A simple Kiosk Mode for Oculus GO that allows the exhibitor to limit the interactions makes the process much easier and more reliable. For instance; booting the device on a single app or playing a looping video. The Oculus Go is a portable and wireless device that would be perfect for commercial applications … in theory at least.

Activating the Kiosk mode

The Oculus Home screen is basically a skin layered on top of an Android operating system. This OS is pretty easy to alter for custom use, that’s why so many manufacturers use Google Android to run on their mobile devices. It is already possible to ‘sideload’ apps on the Go, but those apps still run within the standard interface.

By using a special piece of software, the standard boot sequence can be circumvented and replaced with an alternate application. This allows the Go to run in Kiosk Mode. You could compare it to a sandbox that allows the user to ‘play’ freely, using safe borders that you can define. Perhaps you want to show a 360 video, or you might want to disable the buttons on the device.