Look&Play Guide

Want to effortlessly  show 360° videos in VR? With the Look&Play software you can. Look&Play offers a  user-friendly, flawless experience for the user and the host. No physical interaction with the VR device is needed, choose which 360° video you want to see and you will automatically return to a waiting room once the video finishes.

This guide contains the following steps:

1. Devices
2. Licences
3. Installing the Look&Play app
3.1 Oculus GO & Quest
3.2 Samsung Gear VR
3.3 Android
4. Preparing content for preloading
5. Preloading content for Look&Play
6 .Using Look&Play

1. Devices

Look&Play is compatible for the Oculus Go & Quest, Samsung Gear VR and Android devices.

For the Gear Samsung VR you need one of these Samsung smartphones:

  • Galaxy Note9, S9, S9+
  • Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+
  • Galaxy S7, S7 edge
  • Galaxy Note5
  • Galaxy S6, S6+, S6 edge
  • Galaxy A8, A8+, A8 Star

For Android devices a general rule of thumb is that your device needs to have a gyroscope and enough computing power to play a VR video.

2. Licenses & redeem code

In order to download the Look&Play app on your Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR you need a redeem code. To use the Look&Play software you need a license code. You will receive these once you have purchased Look&PLay.

3. Installing the Look & Play app

Oculus GO & Quest

You need the redeem code to install the Look&Play app. To install the app on your Oculus Go or Oculus Quest follow these steps:

  1. Download the Oculus app on your smartphone. For the Oculus devices it does not matter which smartphone you use.
  2. Connect your smartphone with your Oculus Go.
  3. Go to the settings in the Oculus app and click on “Redeem code”.
  4. Fill in your redeem code and click on “send”.
  5. Put on your Oculus Go or Oculus Quest, go to “Library” and then “Not Installed”. You will see Look&Play here.
  6. Download Look&Play.
  7. Fill in your license code to start using Look&Play

Samsung Gear VR

If you use the Samsung Gear VR for the first time you first need to install the software. If it is not your first time using the Samsung Gear VR, skip to step 5.

  1. Connect your smartphone to the Samsung Gear VR using the USB connector.
  2. You will hear a voice prompt to disconnect the smartphone from the Samsung Gear VR to proceed the installation of the Samsung Gear VR software.
  3. Proceed the installation of the Samsung Gear VR software.
  4. The Oculus Gear VR app will be loaded on your smartphone.
  5. Go to the settings in the Oculus Gear VR app and click on “Redeem code”.
  6. Fill in your redeem code and click on “send”.
  7. In the ”Library” of your Oculus Gear VR  app go to “Uninstalled”. You will see Look&Play here.
  8. Download Look&Play.
  9. Fill in your license code to start using Look&Play.

Android Device

To install the Look&Play app on other Android devices follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play store on your Android device.
  2. Search and install Look&Play.
  3. Fill in your license code to start using Look&Play.

4. Preparing content for preloading

Before you can preload your content in the Look&Play software take the following steps for all devices.

  1. Create a folder on your computer  called “VREvent”.
  2. Create another folder in “VREvent”. You can name this folder however you want.
  3. Insert the 360° videos you wish to use in this second folder. For the videos pay attention to the following details:
    1. The name of the video will be visible in Look&Play, so name your video properly: “VR Owl Video.mp4”. In Look&Play .mp4 will automatically be hidden.
    2. Names of the video cannot contain characters like #@% etc. You can use spaces and underscores _.
    3. You can use both stereoscopic and monoscopic videos.  For stereoscopic videos add “_TB” for top-bottom stereo and “_LR” for left-right stereo. For example, “VR Owl Video_TB.mp4”.  “_TB” will not be visible in Look&Play.
    4. To add spatial audio (.tbe), give the file the same name as the video for which you want to use the audio. For example, “VR Owl Video.mp4” and “VR Owl Video.tbe”.
    5. Recommended resolution for the 360° videos is 3840 x 1920.
  4. You can use icons for each 360° video. These icons will be visible once you are in the waiting room of Look&Play. To insert an icon for a 360° video give it the same name as the video for which you want to add an icon. For example, “VR Owl Video.mp4” and “VR Owl Video.png”.   We recommend using a PNG file for the icon. Insert these icons in the second folder you created.
  5. To make the waiting room match your preference, insert a 360° photo in the second folder. This photo needs to be named “background.jpg”. You can use a JPG or PNG file.

5. Preloading content for Look & Play

To install the content for Look&Play follow these steps for the Oculus Go & Quest:

  1. Connect your Oculus Go to your computer.
  2. Put on the Oculus Go and allow access.
  3. Go back to your computer and go to the folder of “This PC”
  4. Click on “VR-Headset”
  5. Click on the “Internal shared storage” folder
  6. Drag your “VREvent” folder in the “Internal shared storage” folder.
  7. Your content is now uploaded to your Oculus Go.

 

To install the content for your Samsung Gear VR follow these steps:

  1. Connect your smartphone to your computer.
  2. Allow access on your smartphone.
  3. Go to folder of “This PC”.
  4. Click on the  smartphone your using.
  5. Click on the internal storage folder of your smartphone.
  6. Drag your “VREvent” folder in the internal storage folder.
  7. Your content is now uploaded to your smartphone and therefore you can view it with your Samsung Gear VR.

 

To install the content for your Android device follow these steps:

  1. Connect your smartphone to your computer.
  2. Allow access on your smartphone.
  3. Go to folder of “This PC”.
  4. Click on the  smartphone your using.
  5. Click on the internal storage folder of your smartphone.
  6. Drag your “VREvent” folder in the internal storage folder.
  7. Your content is now uploaded to your smartphone.

6. Using Look&Play

After completing these steps you can start the experience by opening the Look&Play app on your device. You will start in the waiting room where you can see the 360° videos you added.  To start a 360° video, simply look at one of the videos for a couple of seconds. After the 360° video is finished you will return to the waiting room where you can restart the process.

Hopefully this guide helped you through the process of using Look&Play. If you ran into any problems or have additional questions, please contact us via support@lookandplay.io


Kiosk mode for 360 video playback on VR headsets

What is Kiosk Mode for VR headsets?

Look&Play is a software developed by VR Owl that allows for fast and simple 360 playback. Look&Play is a software that lets you experience 360 video  without having to press any buttons, you just have to use your gaze.

How does Kiosk Mode for VR headsets?

As mentioned before you don’t have to press any buttons while using Look&Play, you only have to use your eyes. For a 360 to start playing you just have to simply look at a icon for  couple of seconds and the video will start playing. Once the video finishes playing you will automatically return to the Look&Play waiting room.

 

You can easily upload your own 360 to the Look&Play app. You can use Look&Play for the Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR (for the Samsung Gear VR you will need one of these smartphones Note 5, Galaxy S6 or S7) and it is also compatible for Android devices. To start using Look&Play simply just download the app on your device, redeem your code and you are ready to use Look&Play!

What features does Look&Play (Kiosk Mode for vr) offer?

Look&Play offers a number of features that you can use for a Kiosk mode for 360 video. As mentioned before you can upload your own 360 content, add audio and experience an easy 360 playback. You can also add your own custom branding to the Look&Play app, do this by adding a 360 background as well as icons for your 360 videos. Look&Play also offer spatial and stereo audio.


Kiosk mode for VR headsets

Have you ever wanted to show a customer or a friend a cool 360 video or an app to sell your product? Only to discover this person switched apps while your weren’t paying attention? With the Kiosk mode for VR headsets you will take control of the Virtual Reality experience, while delivering your customers and friends with the experience you want them to experience. What is Kiosk mode, why use it and how can you activate this option for your Virtual Reality headset? All these questions will be answered in this article!

What is Kiosk mode?

If you want to show a presentation on a computer device like a computer, tablet or a Virtual Reality headset, the system will not be protected from user interaction. On a TV screen in a waiting room this is not an issue, but when a device is used with build-in interactive features this could pose a problem. With the Kiosk mode option some or all interactive features are disabled for the end user. This allows you to show an application without the possibility to switch apps or return to the home screen.

Why use a Kiosk mode for VR headsets?

On one hand the interactive possibilities of VR headsets are the main attraction, on the other hand it can pose a problem if you hand the VR glasses over to a potential customer. With a Virtual Reality headset in particular you lose control over the presentation at the moment the user puts on the headset. One wrong button press and the client will see the home screen or a completely different app. This will take the user out of the experience, and it can cost you precious time while a que of potential customers keeps growing longer.

How to activate advanced features on your Virtual Reality headset

Most VR glasses are created for end users or professionals, and not for promotional activities. They operate using a central interface or app launcher with easy access to all features of the headset. Restricting buttons and features is usually not a standard option. But there are several solutions to force the system in a locked off mode for presentation purposes. Here are the three most often used methods:

 

  1. A developer mode is activated allowing the user to configure custom settings including a Kiosk mode for VR headsets.
  2. The original startup sequence of the device is replaced with an alternative program.
  3. After booting the device a third-party app is installed onto the device allowing the owner to set custom options.

 

Note that most manufacturers of Virtual Reality devices do not actively support a Kiosk mode for VR headsets. At the moment of writing both Pico and Lenovo officially allow this option, Oculus and HTC do not. And even the brands that support this use of their products often make it a cumbersome task to change the original software. It can’t be compared to the straightforward accessibility options that you will find in PC’s and tablet computers.

The keyword is Android

Most if not all standalone consumer VR headsets use the Android operating system as the backbone of their devices. They usually add an additional layer, like the Oculus Home interface as used on the Gear VR and the Oculus Go. Android does support restrictions on interaction, by tapping directly into this operating system it is possible to run the headset in Kiosk mode. Developers can enter ‘developer mode’ and access all available features of the system, for instance locking the device to one app, or limiting the use of the hardware buttons on the headset and the controller.

How to bypass the Kiosk mode?

You can now lock the system, but how can you exit this feature? That depends on the method used and the specific device. It could be a hard reboot or a special sequence of keypresses. This also depends on the developer that has bypassed the standard interface. It’s not the intention to render the VR glasses unusable for regular use, it’s just a temporary state that can be reversed. There are standard applications that allow anyone to install a hack, no technical expertise required. But that could backfire and void the warranty on the device. Not all manufacturers support this tampering, they can update the firmware to block these unauthorized hacks, and potentially ‘brick’ the headset in the process. It’s therefore recommended to contact a knowledgeable software developer to assist you.

Is it worth it?

If you use VR headsets in a professional environment, and in particular for presentations or a point-of-sale setup then yes, it will be definitely worth it. The setup process will vary from very easy to quite complicated, but once the Kiosk mode is activated you will quickly reap the benefits. In most cases the device can be reversed to the factory settings, so the risk of voiding the warranty is limited. Do contact a specialized company to make sure you don’t break any rules or damage your equipment. The additional features after ‘hacking’ may vary depending on the method used and the expertise of the user.


Kiosk mode for Oculus GO

Virtual reality is more than just fun and games, it can be used as a powerful tool in a modern marketing strategy. Besides VR or 360 video content you will also need the appropriate hardware. The most popular solutions in the last couple of years have been the Google Cardboard, the Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Rift. Now there’s a new system on the market with the potential to become the leading VR headset for business presentations. There’s only one drawback; the lack of a native Kiosk mode.

What is a Kiosk mode?

In terms of computer technology a Kiosk mode is a method of presenting information to a potential customer in a closed environment. Only the presentation is viewable, the user can’t access the underlying operating system. This could be a PowerPoint presentation on a PC, a Point of Sale display on an iPad or a virtual reality presentation on a VR headset. The presentation can be passive or interactive.

What is the Oculus GO?

The Oculus GO is a popular VR headset developed and distributed by Facebook, although the Oculus VR division works mostly independent from the social media gigant. It is a standalone headset, which means it can run without the use of external hardware like a PC. The design is based on the Samsung Gear VR, another popular option for business and education. However, the Gear VR is a detachable plastic shell designed for Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the GO is a complete self-contained solution that does not require a smartphone to operate.

Does the Oculus GO support a kiosk mode?

Although this headset runs on the Android operating system, it does not allow all the features of this platform. There’s a custom Oculus frontend that severely limits the usage of this product for presentation purposes. But where there’s a will there’s a way… In developer mode it is possible to load external software, in a process called ‘sideloading’. If the proper code is loaded, the standard storefront can be circumvented and replaced with a custom environment.

And that allows for a Oculus GO kiosk mode that can be used for all sorts of presentations. Although Oculus does not support nor endorse this workaround, it is fully compliant with usage rights of this product.

In layman’s terms; it is totally legal to use the Oculus GO in kiosk mode. And that offers up a wide range of new possibilities with this wonderful VR headset.