DIY Touch Screen Information Kiosk

(Terry Schordock) #1

We want to explore having a touch screen info kiosk where members/visitors could find out more about the church, see who staff and directors are, etc. I’m looking into a simple touch screen computer and using a basic website for content, but I’m wondering if anyone here has done a DIY kiosk.

Terry Schordock
Bay Presbyterian Church
Bay Village, Ohio

(Dave Mackey) #2

Hi Terry - Not quite. But we have been setting up CCB self-checkin stations for a while. At our newest location I am using Microsoft Surface tablets.

Still working on the locking them down aspect - had installed Reboot Restore Rx but was having some conflicts with it, so need to work those out with vendor or maybe move to DeepFreeze.


(Craig Mashburn) #3

Windows 10 has a kiosk mode. Not sure how well it works but something to look in to.

(Jared Brees) #4

We’ve done a few iterations of various kiosk use-cases. iPads with Guided Access, we’ve found, is a simple solution for staff to setup/teardown without needing IT involvement every time.

Even if you don’t need setup/teardown, they make a good kiosk. If you need a bigger screen I’d probably recommend something Linux running Chromium in app mode.

(Optimus Prime) #5

We did exactly what Jared recommends. We have three RasPi’s that boot into Chromium directly in kiosk mode. Two go straight to our DVR’s internal web link and have credentials saved so they auto sign-in. The third goes straight to our website, and has a touch screen that can be used to navigate the page. The two that go to our DVR are at our security desk and the church office entry room, which both have door buzzers to let people in off hours.

Here’s a sanitized Google Doc that I created outlining the process:

I tried to also generalize it a bit, but there may be some weird stuff that just wouldn’t apply to your use case. You can safely ignore it, or ask, and I’ll edit the master doc to reflect a more general model.

(Alex Conner) #6

I used a similar technique for a digital signage solution a while back, but never really documented it. Great job!

(Optimus Prime) #7

Thanks! Ultimately, it’s a super cheap and flexible option that’s generally easy to maintain. We use a lot of Raspberry Pi’s for various tasks around our building. Documenting is my fall-back, because I’m the only one at my church that knows how these are configured, or how to do it again if I ever die randomly. I try hard not to leave my fellow trustees up a creek, so to speak.

(Luke Bennett) #8

We just built these kiosks. We considered using a Raspberry Pi, which we use for a lot of other kiosks, but we decided to use Windows 10 machines for 2 reasons.

  1. We wanted to use a touch keyboard for input, and the Raspberry Pi doesn’t have a great solution for that
  2. We wanted the extra horsepower of a W10 box so the webapp we use for a kiosk can use slick web animations

So we ended up using this hardware:

  1. Displays2Go stand
  2. Minix Neo
  3. 27" Planar helium touchscreen
  4. Brother QL-820NWB (For printing guest name tags)

And we use RiseVision for software, so we can configure the webpage from the cloud.

The only complaint I have so far is that the Planar touchscreens are a little dim in natural light. I wish they were 350-400 nits. We also built one without the stand or label printer and using the Planar 24-inch variant, which was significantly cheaper.

(James McIlhargey) #9

We use Porteus Kiosk for our timeclock system, which is a lightweight linux based software that is super easy to setup. You can load it free using either Chrome or Firefox and even lock it down to only access specific sites. You can pay the added cost to keep it updated, but really it only takes a few minutes to run a reload with a config file if needed.

(Joshua Briscoe) #10

We just recently put in a set of 4 iPads in Bouncepad kiosk stands into our lobby. All are charging and are networked over Cat6. They look really good and get used for many different purposes. They replaced 2 large Windows touchscreen computers that were bought for the same purpose, but never fulfilled it. The iPad screens feel very nice and have taken the high traffic well.