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Installing Display Kit

Display Kit from Radius Networks is the industry’s first digital out-of-home display solution that leverages the simplicity and power of Chrome OS to provide an easy-to-manage, scalable and powerful way to engage consumers when they are "on the go" or visiting commercial locations like shops or restaurants.

Display Kit is a Chrome OS kiosk app, meaning it is designed to always run full screen.  Display Kit can be easily installed on both managed (with Chrome Device Management) and non-managed Chrome devices.  Use the relevant sections below for your device type.

Managed Chrome Devices (CDM)

For Chrome devices managed with CDM, you can assign Display Kit to run on the Chrome device in the Google admin console.  First, from the Google admin console go to:

Device Management -> Chrome settings (in the sidebar) -> Device Management

and scroll down to the Kiosk Settings section.  Next, add Display Kit to your list of kiosk apps by clicking Manage Kiosk Applications launches a dialog box where you can enter the URL to Display Kit in the Chrome web store:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/display-kit/komkdbcbidakodbbngompelpgoifpnba

Next click the Auto-Launch Kiosk App dropdown and select Display Kit.  Now reboot your Chrome device and it should start up and automatically run Display Kit.

Check out the Kiosk settings section of this Google support article for more information.

Non-Managed Chrome Devices

There are two ways to install the app on a non-managed Chrome device: auto-launched kiosk mode, where the app will load automatically when the Chrome OS device boots up, or regular kiosk mode, where the app is started manually from the login screen launcher.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both, which will be covered in this article.  You should choose the installation type that works best for you.

Auto-Launched Kiosk Mode

In this mode, Display Kit will automatically load whenever the Chrome OS device is powered on.  You can interrupt the startup of the app if desired and get to the login screen, but once the app loads it will be locked into kiosk mode.  This mode is perfect for a dedicated digital signage display.  The advantages are that Bluetooth transmission is available by default and that the app will restart automatically if the machine loses power or is otherwise interfered with.  The main disadvantage is that the Chrome OS device needs to be reset into "kiosk mode," which involves wiping data from the device.  If you want to install Display Kit on a personal machine that you don't want to reset, the second mode of installation is recommended.

Below are the steps to install Display Kit in auto-launched kiosk mode.  Note, if your device is managed with the Google admin console you can enable kiosk mode in the admin panel instead of these steps (see above).

  1. If your Chrome OS device has been used before (i.e., logged in and set up), wipe the device data following these steps.
  2. After wiping the device data or starting with a fresh install, you will be at the initial login screen.  Input your network information so the device can connect, but DON'T log in with your Google account.
  3. At the login screen, press Ctrl + Alt + K to enable Kiosk mode.  If you don't see a popup asking if you want to enable Kiosk mode after pressing this key combo you may need to wipe the device starting over with step 1.
  4. After enabling Kiosk mode, log in to the Chrome device with your Google account and password.
  5. Open the Chrome browser and navigate to chrome://extensions in the address bar.
  6. At the top, click the "Developer Mode" checkbox and then click "Manage kiosk applications..."
  7. Enter the URL for the Display Kit app in the Chrome Web Store: 

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/display-kit/komkdbcbidakodbbngompelpgoifpnba

     and click "Add".
  8. Hover over the Kiosk app in the list at the top and click "Set to auto-launch".
  9. Click "Done".
  10. Reboot the device and enable Display Kit for kiosk mode when prompted.
  11. Now the app will be auto-launched into kiosk mode every time the device boots.

To turn off Kiosk mode and log in normally, reboot the device and press Ctrl + Alt + S while the Display Kit loading screen is present.  Once you log in, you can disable auto-launching if desired by returning to the "Manage kiosk applications..." window.

Regular Kiosk Mode

Regular kiosk mode doesn't require you to completely wipe your Chrome device, the downside is that you have to manually launch the app from the login screen every time your device starts up.  The steps to enable this mode are similar to the steps outlined above for auto-launched mode, but the biggest difference is the enabling of the Chrome flag to enable Bluetooth advertising.  This is a requirement for Chrome OS, which limits Bluetooth advertising to auto-launched kiosk apps by default.

  1. Log in to your Chrome OS device.
  2. Open the Chrome browser and navigate to chrome://flags in the address bar.
  3. Search for "BLE Advertising in Chrome Apps" and click "Enable" on this flag.
  4. Now navigate to chrome://extensions, click the "Developer Mode" checkbox, and then click "Manage kiosk applications..."
  5. Enter the URL for the Display Kit app in the Chrome Web Store: 

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/display-kit/komkdbcbidakodbbngompelpgoifpnba

     and click "Add".
  6. Click "Done".
  7. Reboot the device and click "Apps" at the bottom of the login screen.
  8. Click "Display Kit" to launch the app.

Now each time you reboot the device you can choose to log in normally or launch the Display Kit app from the "Apps" menu.

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Comments

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    Jason Mills

    This sentence "Enter the URL for the Display Kit app in the Chrome Web Store" (in both locations) should read:

    "Copy the following URL for the Display Kit app in the Chrome Web Store and paste into the "Add kiosk application" field in "Manage Kiosk Applications".

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    Jason Mills

    This Blog post needs to be updated with current naming ("Display Kit from Radius Networks") and URLs.

    http://developer.radiusnetworks.com/2016/03/23/physical-web-display.html

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    Jason Mills

    In "Regular Kiosk Mode", you can also exit the Display Kit application via Ctrl-Alt-Q.

    Attempting to use Ctrl-Alt-S after the application has finished loading doesn't do anything.

    (seen in Chrome OS 57.0)

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    Jason Mills

    If you're BYoH (and possibly only when in "Regular Kiosk Mode" which is just a black screen on Chrome OS 57.0?), you may also need to access the Display Kit sub-portal manually, which isn't visibly linked from the main Developer Account Portal area (yet?): https://displaykit.radiusnetworks.com/players

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