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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Plateformes supportées

Quelles plateformes sont supportées?

Look & Play est compatible avec les appareils Oculus Go & Quest, PicoVR et Android. Installez l’application Look & Play sur votre casque VR à travers de notre code d’activation. Pour les appareils Android, vous pouvez télécharger l’application via le Play Store.

Quelles sont les exigences minimales de mon smartphone Android ?

En général, votre smartphone doit disposer d’un gyroscope et de suffisamment de puissance pour lire une vidéo en réalité virtuelle. Ici vous pouvez vérifier si votre téléphone est équipé d’un gyroscope: https://www.gsmarena.com/. De plus, vous pouvez vérifier si votre téléphone peut lire les vidéos en VR en ouvrant du contenu 360 sur YouTube ou sur votre smartphone.

 

Le Look & Play fonctionne-t-il sur l’Oculus Go ?

Oui.

Contenu

Le Look & Play admet-il la résolution 4K ?

Oui, Look & Play admet la vidéo monoscopique et stéréoscopique jusqu’à 4K.

Quel type de contenu est pris en charge ?

Le Look & Play prend en charge : – la vidéo monoscopique à 360 ° – la vidéo stéréoscopique à 360 ° – l’audio spatial – une photo à 360 ° pour une salle d’attente personnalisée : Stéréo aac audio ou .tbe Spécifications du branding : Codec JPFG, PNG Résolution du fond : 3480×1920 Résolution des icônes : 512×512

Combien de vidéos puis-je charger sur mon appareil ?

Vous pouvez télécharger un nombre illimité de vidéos à 360°. Notez que vous pouvez ajouter un maximum de 20 fichiers vidéo par dossier. Le montant total est uniquement limité par la capacité de votre appareil.

 

Quelles sont les spécifications recommandées pour une vidéo à 360° ?

Codec: H265 ou H264 Résolution: 3840×1920 FPS: 30 Débit maximum: 16 Mo / s Audio: Stéréo aac audio ou .tbe

Quelles sont les spécifications recommandées pour un fond à 360° ?

Codec JPG, Résolution PNG: 3840×1920

Quelles sont les spécifications recommandées pour les icônes ?

Résolution Codex PNG: 512×512 Nous vous recommandons vivement d’utiliser des icônes avec un arrière-plan transparent.

L’audio spatial est-il supporté ?

Oui, nous prenons en charge les fichiers Two Big Ear (.tbe).

 

Supportez-vous la vidéo stéréoscopique 360 ?

Oui, nous prenons en charge la LR et la TB stéréoscopique, ainsi que les fichiers monoscopiques.

Est-il également possible de lire des vidéos 2D ?

ui, les vidéos et images 2D sont prises en charge pour les fichiers avec le suffixe _2d. Exemple: myvideo_2d.mp4 ou myimage_2d.png.

Quel type d’audio est pris en charge ?

Nous prenons en charge l’audio stéréo standard ainsi que l’audio spatial sous la forme 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.

Fonctionnalités du logiciel

Est-il possible de charger plusieurs vidéos à 360° sur mon appareil ?

Oui. Vous pouvez télécharger un nombre illimité de vidéos à 360°. Notez que vous pouvez ajouter un maximum de 20 fichiers vidéo par dossier. Le montant total est uniquement limité par la capacité de votre appareil.

 

Est-il possible d’ajouter du son spatial à ma vidéo à 360° ?

Oui, cela est possible

 

Comment puis-je démarrer une vidéo à 360° ?

Une fois que vous démarrez l’application Look & Play, vous serez dans une salle d’attente virtuelle. Ici, vous pourrez choisir de démarrer une vidéo à 360° en regardant l’icône respective pendant quelques secondes. Une fois le contenu 360° a terminé, vous retournerez automatiquement à la salle d’attente.

 

Où puis-je télécharger l’application Look & Play ?

Pour l’Oculus Go et le Samsung Gear VR, vous pouvez uniquement télécharger l’application à l’aide du code que vous recevrez de nous une fois que vous aurez acheté votre licence. Pour votre appareil Android, vous pouvez télécharger l’application dans le Play Store. Il s’agit d’une version pour cardboard. Pour les deux options, vous avez également besoin du code de licence pour pouvoir commencer à utiliser l’application Look & Play.

 

Soutien

Y a-t-il un guide disponible ?

Oui, nous avons créé un guide qui explique comment installer l’application Look & Play, comment préparer votre contenu et comment le charger sur votre appareil. Vous pouvez le télécharger ici.

Y a-t-il une page de support ?

Oui, il y a une page de support. Vous pouvez cliquer ici pour aller à la page.

Comment puis-je contacter votre équipe de support ?

S’il vous plaît envoyez un e-mail à sales@lookandplay.io ou appelez-nous au: +31 30 71 16 158

 

Achats et licences

Puis-je commander une licence pour une date donnée ?

Oui, cela est possible. Lorsque vous achetez une licence, vous pouvez indiquer la date de début souhaitée.

 

Comment puis-je payer pour ma licence ?

Vous pouvez payer par carte de crédit, virement bancaire, PayPal, Bancontact, Sofort, Multibanco, Przelewy24, EPS, iDeal & Giropay.

Je souhaite revendre Look & Play, est-ce possible ?

Nous offrons des réductions spéciales pour les revendeurs et les partenaires. Veuillez contacter sales@lookandplay.io pour plus d’informations.

 

Est-il possible d’obtenir une licence du logiciel pour une semaine ?

Oui, cela est possible. Le coût par semaine est de 5 € par appareil. Le coût total dépend de la quantité d’appareils que vous souhaitez utiliser.

 

Quel est le modèle de tarification de Look & Play ?

Look & Play fonctionne avec des prix flexibles. Le prix dépend de la quantité d’appareils et du temps utilisé. Vous pouvez trouver plus d’informations sur la page de tarification.

Est-il possible de terminer la durée de la licence plus tôt et de récupérer mon argent ?

Non, il n’est pas possible de terminer une licence plus tôt que prévu.

 

Est-il possible de réduire le nombre d’appareils au cours d’une licence annuelle ?

Oui, cela est possible. Envoyez un mail à sales@lookandplay.io pour réduire le montant d’appareils.

 

Comment fonctionne le processus d’achat ?

Dès que vous passez commande ou envoyez un email à sales@lookandplay.io, vous recevrez un email de bienvenue. Dans cet email, nous vous fournirons le code de validation et le code de licence. Vous en aurez besoin pour installer l’application Look & Play et pouvoir l’utiliser.

Comment puis-je prolonger ma licence?

Commandez une nouvelle licence sur le site web ou envoyez un courriel à sales@lookandplay.io. Après votre commande, vous recevrez un email automatique avec un nouveau code de licence. Vous pouvez utiliser ce code pour continuer à utiliser Look & Play.

 

Mode Kiosque

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.

Pour quels appareils le mode kiosque est-il disponible ?

Le mode kiosque est disponible pour les casques Oculus GO, Oculus Quest et PICO.

 

Quel est le coût du mode kiosque ?

Le mode kiosque est gratuit pour l’application Look & Play. Si vous souhaitez l’utiliser pour votre propre application VR, le coût est de 145 euros pour une licence à vie.

 

Le mode kiosque désactive-t-il l’étalonnage nécessaire pour recentrer l’Oculus GO ?

Non, malheureusement, il n’y a aucun moyen d’éviter le calibrage. Chaque fois que vous retirez l’Oculus GO, elle doit être mis à jour lorsqu’elle est remise en marche.

 

Où puis-je télécharger le mode kiosque pour Oculus GO & PICO ?

Vous pouvez trouver les liens de téléchargement et les instructions ici : 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.