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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Piattaforme supportate

Quali piattaforme sono supportate?

Look & Play è compatibile con i dispositivi Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, Google Daydream, PICOVR e Android.

Quali sono i requisiti minimi del mio smartphone Android?

Una regola generale è che lo smartphone deve avere un giroscopio e una potenza di elaborazione sufficiente per riprodurre un video VR. Puoi verificare se il tuo telefono ha un giroscopio su: https://www.gsmarena.com/. Inoltre, puoi verificare se il tuo telefono è in grado di riprodurre video VR aprendo un video a 360° su YouTube o sul tuo smartphone.

Look & Play funziona su Oculus Go?

Sì.

Soddisfare

Look & Play supporta la risoluzione 4K?

Sì, Look & Play supporta video monoscopici e stereoscopici fino a 4K.

Quale tipo di contenuto è supportato?

Look & play supporta: – Video monoscopico a 360 ° – Video stereoscopico a 360 ° – Audio spaziale – Foto a 360 ° per una sala d’attesa con marchio Specifiche video: Codec: H265 o H264 File .mp4 Risoluzione: 3840×1920 FPS: 30 Velocità in bit massima: 16 mb / s Audio : Audio stereo aac o .tbe Specifiche di personalizzazione: Codec JPFG, PNG Sfondo risoluzione: 3480×1920 Icone risoluzione: 512×512

Quanti contenuti posso caricare sul mio dispositivo?

Puoi caricare un numero illimitato di video a 360°. Si noti che è possibile aggiungere un massimo di 20 file video per ogni cartella. L’importo totale è limitato solo dalla capacità del dispositivo.

Quali sono le specifiche consigliate per un video a 360 °?

Codec: H265 o H264 Risoluzione: 3840×1920 FPS: 30 Velocità in bit massima: 16 mb / s Audio: audio stereo aac o .tbe

Quali sono le specifiche consigliate per uno sfondo a 360 °?

Codec JPG, risoluzione PNG: 3840×1920

Quali sono le specifiche consigliate per le icone?

Codice PNG Risoluzione: 512×512 Si consiglia vivamente di utilizzare icone con uno sfondo trasparente.

Supporta l’audio spaziale?

Sì, supporta file Two Big Ear (.tbe).

Supporta l’audio spaziale?

Sì, supporta file Two Big Ear (.tbe).

Supporta video 360 stereoscopici?

Sì, i video e le immagini 2D sono supportati per i file con il suffisso _2d. Esempio: myvideo_2d.mp4 o myimage_2d.png.

Che tipo di audio è supportato?

Supporta l’audio stereo standard e l’audio spaziale sotto forma di 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.

Funzionalità del software

È possibile caricare più video a 360 ° sul mio dispositivo?

Sì. Puoi caricare un numero illimitato di video a 360 °. Si noti che è possibile aggiungere un massimo di 20 file video per ogni cartella. L’importo totale è limitato solo dalla capacità del dispositivo.

È possibile aggiungere audio spaziale al mio video a 360 °?

Sì, è possibile.

Come posso avviare un video a 360 °?

Una volta avviata l’app Look & Play, ti troverai in una sala d’attesa virtuale. Qui puoi scegliere di avviare un video a 360° guardando l’icona per alcuni secondi. Una volta terminato il 360 °, tornerai automaticamente nella sala d’aspetto.

Dove posso scaricare l’app Look & Play?

Per Oculus Go e Samsung Gear VR puoi scaricare l’app solo usando il codice riscatto che riceverai da noi una volta acquistata la licenza. Per il tuo dispositivo Android puoi scaricare l’app nel Play Store, questa è una versione in cartone. Per entrambe le opzioni è necessario anche il codice di licenza per poter iniziare a utilizzare l’app Look & Play.

Supporto

C’è una guida disponibile?

Sì, abbiamo creato una guida che spiega come installare l’app Look & play, come è possibile preparare i contenuti e come caricarli sul dispositivo. Potete scaricarlo qui.

C’è una pagina di supporto?

Sì, c’è una pagina di supporto. Puoi fare clic qui per andare alla pagina.

Come posso contattare il team di supporto?

Si prega di inviare un’e-mail a sales@lookandplay.io oppure chiamarci al numero: +31 30 71 16 158

Acquisti e licenze

Posso ordinare una licenza per una determinata data?

Si, puoi. Al momento dell’acquisto di una licenza è possibile compilare la data di inizio richiesta.

Come posso pagare la mia licenza?

Puoi pagare tramite bonifico bancario, PayPal, carta di credito, Bancontact, Sofort, Multibanco, Przel, ewy24, EPS, iDeal & Giropay.

Voglio rivendere Look & Play, è possibile?

Offriamo sconti speciali per rivenditori e partner. Si prega di contattare sales@lookandplay.io per ulteriori informazioni.

È possibile ottenere una licenza del software per una settimana?

Sì, questo è possibile. I costi a settimana sono: € 5-. per dispositivo. I costi totali dipendono dalla quantità di dispositivi che si desidera utilizzare.

Qual è il modello di prezzi di Look & Play?

Look & Play funziona con prezzi flessibili. Il prezzo dipende dalla quantità di dispositivi e dal tempo utilizzato. Puoi trovare maggiori informazioni nella pagina dei prezzi.

È possibile terminare la licenza prima e ottenere indietro i soldi?

No, non è possibile terminare una licenza prima del previsto.

È possibile ridurre la quantità di dispositivi durante una licenza annuale?

Sì, questo è possibile. Invia un’email a sales@lookandplay.io per ridurre la quantità di dispositivi.

Come funziona il processo di acquisto?

Non appena effettui un ordine o invii un’email a sales@lookandplay.io, riceverai un’e-mail di benvenuto. In questa email ti forniremo il codice di riscatto e il codice di licenza. Ti servono per installare l’app Look & Play e per poterla utilizzare.

Come posso estendere la mia licenza?

Ordina una nuova licenza sul sito Web o invia un’email a sales@lookandplay.io. Dopo il tuo ordine, riceverai un’e-mail automatica con un nuovo codice di licenza. Puoi utilizzare questo codice per continuare a utilizzare Look & Play.

Modalità Kiosk

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.

Per quali dispositivi è disponibile la modalità Kiosk?

La modalità Kiosk è disponibile per le cuffie Oculus GO, Oculus Quest e PICO.

Quanto costa la modalità Kiosk?

La modalità Kiosk è gratuita per l’app Look & Play. Se desideri utilizzarlo per la tua app VR, i costi sono di 145 euro per una licenza a vita.

La modalità Kiosk disabilita la calibrazione necessaria per ri-centrare l’Oculus GO?

Purtroppo non c’è modo di aggirare questo problema. Ogni volta che Oculus GO viene rimosso, deve essere più recentrato quando viene rimesso.

Dove posso scaricare la modalità Kiosk per Oculus GO e PICO?

Puoi trovare i link per il download e le istruzioni qui: 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.