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Hi. You may want to check out [www.kiosk24x7.com]. It is an Android application that is great for creating up to 3 forms as part of a DIY digital kiosk. Forms can be used for all sorts of things like prayer requests, congregation sign in, email registration for Church newsletter, etc. It works well on a 10" Android tablet, with the ability to lock the tablet down in “Kiosk Mode”.
The core application (branded as Journal 24x7) is free to download and test (great for testing form edit feature) from the Google Playstore. The kiosk features are $10/month with a free 7 day evaluation period. To license the kiosk trial - after installation select options (stacked 3 dots in upper right) and select either of the kiosk features at the bottom of the menu (should have a lock icon next to it). You need to make sure you select trial of “Kiosk” option and not “Professional” version.
There’s a few helpful things provided by this kiosk app that makes it a good fit for Churches to use as a kiosk:
- It allows you to brand the kiosk with professional looking greeting & thank you screen. The company that provides the software can help on this if you need help
- It allows you to setup up to 3 kiosk forms from a single kiosk
- It can work disconnected from the internet, and will not fail if WIFI goes away
- It can provide the data for excel spreadsheets or other 3rd party applications (e.g., member database)
To get started - you can view a bunch of tutorial videos here. The vendor just updated the software to make kiosk setup more intuitive - so there may be a disconnect between what you see in the videos versus the user interface.
To make this a professional kiosk - you will need to acquire a decent tablet stand (that fits your tablet selection). As easy as this sounds - it can be a little tricky because the stands don’t always have the best real estate when it comes to cabling the kiosk. We have a short list of products we have found work well:
Table top stand: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AX5U80S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Floor stand: https://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PSPADLK38-Anti-Theft-Display-Generations/dp/B00LP3E8TA/ref=pd_sim_229_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00LP3E8TA&pd_rd_r=f91c121d-ec2d-11e8-8842-7d002f82d6fa&pd_rd_w=F1QXd&pd_rd_wg=Mscvw&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=18bb0b78-4200-49b9-ac91-f141d61a1780&pf_rd_r=RGFRTTD1C938VXBAVMTM&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=RGFRTTD1C938VXBAVMTM
These options get you a nice stand & tablet for under $250 with the software costing around $100/year. We have found that a small physical modification (one drilled hole at the top of the stand) makes it easy to wire the above recommended tablet in the above recommended stand(s).
If you have any questions along the way - don’t hesitate reaching out to the software developer (email@example.com).