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Putting the Pico Neo 2 in kiosk mode?

Putting the Pico Neo 2 in kiosk mode?

When a headset is shared with customers or trainees, it may in some cases be important that these users do not have access to all the functionalities of the VR headset. Consider, for example, events / exhibitions or the use of trainings. For these kinds of applications, Pico has added a kiosk mode functionality to the Pico Neo 2. In this article we will go deeper into how the kiosk mode works, how to set the kiosk mode up for applications and how to set the kiosk mode up for videos on the Pico Neo 2 . 

What is kiosk mode?

By using kiosk mode, you can limit the functionalities that users can access when using the headset. Here a choice can be made between kiosk mode for applications and kiosk mode for videos. When the kiosk mode is set for an application, for example, the application is automatically started when the user puts on the headset. The user then does not have the option to exit the application.

Kiosk mode for videos works the same way. When the user puts on the Pico Neo 2, the selected video will automatically start. Here you can play several videos in succession and determine the order. When the headset goes into sleep mode, you can choose to resume the videos where they left off or have them played again. 

Set up kiosk mode for application on the Pico Neo 2

Step by step we take you through the process of setting up kiosk mode for applications:

  1. From the main menu, press the ”Select” button (right on the headset) at the same time with the volume down button (bottom left of the headset) to open the 2D Settings
  2. Scroll down and select System > User configuration> Business Settings.
  3. Select Home screen settings at the top right of your screen.
  4. Select the application you want to use in Kiosk Mode.
  5. Press on the Home button (right of your headset) to confirm and reboot the headset by turning it off and on with the Power button (top right of your headset).
  6. You have now successfully put your Pico Neo 2 in Kiosk mode!

 

Disable Kiosk mode for application for the Pico Neo 2

  1. Open the 2D settings by pressing the ”Select” button (right on the headset)  simultaneously with the volume down button.
  2. Scroll down and select System > User configuration> Business Settings.
  3. Select Home screen settings at the top right of your screen.
  4. Select the PVRLauncher
  5. Press the Home button (right on your headset) to confirm and reboot the headset by turning it off and on with the Power button (top right on your headset).
  6. Kiosk mode has now been successfully disabled again. 

Setting up video kiosk mode for the Pico Neo 2

To set the Pico Neo 2 in video kiosk mode, you need the following:

  • Pico Neo 2
  • Windows PC
  • Mini USB cable
  • 360 degree video in mp4 format

Renaming 360 videos

Video kiosk mode supports different types of 360 degree videos. This is why it is important to ”encode” the video name:

  1. The video name always starts with a number: 01_, 02_ or 09_. The videos are played in this order. Keep this in mind when assigning a number to your video.
  2. After the number, you can give the video any name you want. This can be filled in at your own choice.
  3. Finally, a code must be added indicating the type of video. The table below shows the different types of videos with their corresponding codes. 

When the above steps have been performed, the video name should look something like this:

  • 01_nicevideo_360.mp4
  • 02_supervideo_3D180_LR.mp4
  • 09_awesomevideo_2D.mp4

Create a New Folder

When the videos are encoded correctly, create a new folder on your computer now. This folder must have a specific name, with two choices:

  1. Rename the folder “video_replay” if you want the videos to be played from the beginning when the headset is put on. 
  2. Rename the folder “video_continue” if you want the videos to continue playing where they left off when the headset has gone into standby mode in between. 

Once the folder has been created and renamed, you can now copy your encrypted videos to the folder. Then take your mini USB cable and connect your Pico Neo 2 to your computer. Then drag the folder to the main directory of the Pico. Make sure that you do not accidentally move the folder to another folder in the headset. 

Side-loading applications on to the Pico Neo 2

To enable video kiosk mode on your Pico Neo 2 VR headset, 3 applications need to be sideloaded on the headset. 

Apk1: AutoPlayService (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1o0Qa5e6jCL2ug0V2McTw920LDivajzkI/view)

Apk2: VideoPlayer  (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dWbm2lBHg4xIbp3OwZ4xRLV7p3OwZ4hgei0Vyview)

Apk2: VideoPlayer (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dWbm2lBHg4xIbp3OwZ4xRLV7p3OwZ4hgei //drive.google.com/file/d/11wT-DloDPjSKjuwugOhIBCGiPO_UX4nh/view)

In the following steps we will explain how to sideload the applications on the Pico Neo 2:

  1. Connect the Pico Neo 2 with a USB cable to your computer
  2. Download the above apk’s.
  3. Navigate to the Pico Neo 2 using the Windows file explorer
  4. Copy the just downloaded apk’s to the internal storage space of the Pico Neo 2.
  5. Then put on the headset and navigate to File Manager, at the bottom of your screen from the main menu. 
  6. At the top of the screen you will be given the choice between Videos, Images and APKs. Select APKs
  7. Finally, select the above APKs so that they will be installed immediately.

Reboot the Pico Neo 2

Now that the applications have been installed, the headset only needs to be ” rebooted ”. You do this by simply turning the headset off and on again. When you turn the headset back on and add the folder containing the encrypted videos, the videos should start playing automatically. You have now successfully set the video kiosk mode for your Pico Neo 2!

Disabling video kiosk mode for the Pico Neo 2

To disable video kiosk mode, you must reset the “Pico PVRLauncher“. You do this by opening the 2D settings menu by simultaneously pressing the Select button (on the right side of the headset) and the volume down button (bottom of the headset). 

When the 2D settings menu is opened, scroll down and select System > User configuration> Business Settings. Select Home screen settings at the top right of your screen and then select the PVRLauncher. Finally, reboot the headset as described above. When you restart the headset, you have successfully disabled the video kiosk mode!

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