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    Android Tablet to run Digital signage?

    Hi all,

    I am a first time poster to the site, have read loads.

    I am in a school and am looking at the possibility of purchasing a big(ish) TV and an Android tablet; my goal is to have the tablet run presentations, information, images and possibly student videos. I have done a limited amount of research, and obviously know that apple TV exists, but is there something similar for the Android, if so cost, technical know-how, and functionality. Any advice or understanding will be gratefully received and faithfully applied.

    Cheers

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    I remember seeing sumvision products at the Gadget Show this year. They had something similar to the apple tv but android based. ebuyer sells them but here is the link to the manufacturer.

    SUMVISION - We Sell PC Hardware, Software, Digital Media, Digital Cameras, MP3 Players, Components, Networking Equipment and more...


    Edit: heres the specific item i was talking about

    http://www.sumvision.com.cn/productinfo/nano/nano.asp
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    Why a tablet?

    Use a little Netbox PC instead or build a mini-itx machine in a wall mounted case you can fix behind the TV.

    a) Nobody can nick it
    b) Its always on
    c) It'll handle anything you throw at it

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    Thank you "North-ict" for being the first to reply, I have just had a look on the site, not too sure I fully understand how it works, but does appear to tick most of the box's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkydoos View Post
    Why a tablet?

    Use a little Netbox PC instead or build a mini-itx machine in a wall mounted case you can fix behind the TV.
    where would I get a Netbox PC from, also how would I interact with it?

    "a mini-itx machine" - I have no idea what one of these is, or where to get one.

    a) Nobody can nick it - Being in a school, we are kind of secure
    b) Its always on - Like this
    c) It'll handle anything you throw at it - massive bonus - I suppose now all I need is to figure out how to build / get one built for me.

    Cheers

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    Mini-ITX is a motherboard form factor. Basically a small PC motherboard with built in Graphics card, HDMI, network port etc etc.

    You just need to learn how to bolt a PC together from components and install an operating system like Windows or Linux on it.

    A nettop PC is the PC equivalent of a Netbook laptop. Check out an Asus Eee Box, Foxconn NT535, Levono Ideacentre.
    It doesnt need to be built, just add some memory (RAM) and you're away.

    Interact with them either using remote desktop or a program like TightVNC. Either that or a wireless keyboard and mouse.
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    We have a number of boxes like these Acer-N282G-Ultra-Small-Form-Factor-PC running Xibo around here. They come with a wall-mount that can be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeyez View Post
    We have a number of boxes like these Acer-N282G-Ultra-Small-Form-Factor-PC running Xibo around here. They come with a wall-mount that can be used.
    Can this be connected to a TV, or does it have to be a monitor?

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    Nearly all TV's and PC's have an HDMI and VGA input/output.

    So yes.

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    The later ones we have came with VGA and HDMI.

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    Find an old pc (can be really old!) and install Xibo on it - hide it in a cuboard/ceiling/wall etc and bobs your uncle!

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    TBH, my advice would be that if you're new to doing this, you might be better off getting a company to do it for you.

    There are lots of things you need to consider. i.e. distance from PC to screen and cable type affects picture quality, do you want to add another screen in the future running from the same PC, can you get hold of decent brackets for the TV, do you need to cover it - is someone gonna damage it. I've fitted about 20 of these and they're not that easy unless you know what you're doing.

    Are you a techie ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Find an old pc (can be really old!) and install Xibo on it - hide it in a cuboard/ceiling/wall etc and bobs your uncle!
    Just had a look at this, it looks really good, does anyone else use this? what are the limitations?
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkydoos View Post
    TBH, my advice would be that if you're new to doing this, you might be better off getting a company to do it for you.

    There are lots of things you need to consider. i.e. distance from PC to screen and cable type affects picture quality, do you want to add another screen in the future running from the same PC, can you get hold of decent brackets for the TV, do you need to cover it - is someone gonna damage it. I've fitted about 20 of these and they're not that easy unless you know what you're doing.

    Are you a techie ??
    Alas, I am not a techie, I am a teacher of ICT in a secondary school, doing my best at trying to enthuse the learners with rich content and environment. - So as much help is always appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodwyer View Post
    Just had a look at this, it looks really good, does anyone else use this? what are the limitations?
    Cheers
    Not much to be honest - you just need to install apache and mysql (in windows XAMPP is good). then install the client. I used to use on 8 screens

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