+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
General Chat Thread, Touchscreen/Software for school lobby in General; One of heads was thinking of getting a flat display in the lobby driven by a laptop in the secretaries ...
  1. #1

    SimpleSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    5,723
    Thank Post
    1,452
    Thanked 581 Times in 435 Posts
    Rep Power
    165

    Touchscreen/Software for school lobby

    One of heads was thinking of getting a flat display in the lobby driven by a laptop in the secretaries office running a powerpoint. No problem - just need power and a hole in the wall and I can do the rest

    Now its moved onto a touch screen with interactive content

    Anyone got such a system?

    Approximate cost?

    Si

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    leicester
    Posts
    673
    Thank Post
    67
    Thanked 160 Times in 138 Posts
    Rep Power
    50
    I've used the HP 2310ti touch screen monitors in the past when i had a customer that wanted an interactive kiosk. Nice and robust and about 230.

  3. #3

    SimpleSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    5,723
    Thank Post
    1,452
    Thanked 581 Times in 435 Posts
    Rep Power
    165
    Sorry, I meant a complete signage system using a touchscreen

    (its maintaining the interactive content I see as the problem - unless they have an easy to use system, it just wouldn't happen)

    Si

  4. #4
    rad
    rad is offline
    rad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Middlesex
    Posts
    2,391
    Thank Post
    312
    Thanked 296 Times in 225 Posts
    Rep Power
    106
    Why does it need to be interactive? Seriously, how many people are going to use it, it will end up like my IWB's and just display a powerpoint.

  5. #5

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,105
    Thank Post
    512
    Thanked 2,312 Times in 1,788 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    803
    My suggestion would be to create a website, and do a linux install, with a browser displaying in kiosk mode (eg. kde kiosk mode).

    That way, updating the content is simply a case of updating the 'website' and nothing specific is needed for the machine. Will save a fortune in possible software costs too I'd say.

  6. #6

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,499
    Thank Post
    1,185
    Thanked 745 Times in 647 Posts
    Rep Power
    228
    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Anyone got such a system?
    Sure, my home PC is pretty much like that - an all-in-one touchscreen and computer. Maplins are selling some Windows XP based ones they had in over Christmas and are trying to get rid of, I think they might have been under 200. It depends on how large a display you want, of course - I think up to around 22" screens are fairly common on all-in-one touchscreenn PCs, any more than that and you're probably looking at a SMART overlay or similar over a large LCD/Plasma display.

    Software-wise, I'd go with the Linux-running-a-bowser option, or maybe PowerPoint. PowerPoint does import interactive Flash content quite well.

  7. #7
    jdoyle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Republic of Swindon
    Posts
    376
    Thank Post
    58
    Thanked 46 Times in 39 Posts
    Rep Power
    55
    what thoughts have they had re the "interactive content" and it's updating?

    Our little beasty in reception displays a cut down version of the website

    Kingsdown Kiosk

  8. #8

    SimpleSi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    5,723
    Thank Post
    1,452
    Thanked 581 Times in 435 Posts
    Rep Power
    165
    Why does it need to be interactive? Seriously, how many people are going to use it, it will end up like my IWB's and just display a powerpoint.
    Do you work in a school? - have you met a headteacher?

    My suggestion would be to create a website, and do a linux install, with a browser displaying in kiosk mode (eg. kde kiosk mode).
    Like your thinking
    (And I could just add a <marque> tag to the bottom of a webpage to give it the sky news look )

    what thoughts have they had re the "interactive content" and it's updating?
    Thoughts! Thoughts! This is has come from a relative of a staff member who said "Oh- we've got an interactive one at our school" - so now we'll have to have one as well

    But at least doing it the interactive website way means I can prob save a grand for the country

    Si

  9. #9


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    51.405546, -0.510212
    Posts
    8,138
    Thank Post
    204
    Thanked 2,395 Times in 1,773 Posts
    Rep Power
    705
    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    And I could just add a <marque> tag to the bottom of a webpage to give it the sky news look
    If you just want a simple website which displays content from RSS feeds you might be interested in a Wordpress theme called Aggregator (Demo).

  10. #10

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,499
    Thank Post
    1,185
    Thanked 745 Times in 647 Posts
    Rep Power
    228
    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Now its moved onto a touch screen with interactive content
    Just thought: does it have to be touch? Could you use a Kinect, or rig up your own body-movement-sensing interface to control the display? Maybe a grid on the floor that you stand in to interact with the screen - simple to do with a 10 webcam positioned in the ceiling.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. School Library Software for a Prep/Junior School
    By Richard_Finnigan in forum Educational Software
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 16th September 2010, 02:15 PM
  2. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29th June 2010, 11:26 AM
  3. Lobby/Foyer Display Solutions
    By talksr in forum Learning Network Manager
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 18th May 2010, 09:16 AM
  4. [Video] An elderly couple walked into the lobby.....
    By mattx in forum Jokes/Interweb Things
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 27th February 2010, 11:34 PM
  5. Can anyone reccommend a touchscreen
    By Mark_D in forum Hardware
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 25th June 2009, 03:19 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •