10. How to Enable Kiosk Mode for Look & Play
The Kiosk Mode for Look & Play prevents users from going outside the Look & Play application and go browsing through the headset and will start the application when the headset boots up.
- Your VR device(s)
- A USB cable for the headset(s) in question
- A Windows 10 PC
Step 1. Download the Kiosk Mode
Make sure you have Look & Play installed on your device(s) and the zips downloaded.
Step 2. Install the Kiosk Mode
Connect your device to the computer with a proper USB cable and make sure you have developer mode enabled for your device(s).
- For Oculus Quest visit (https://developer.oculus.com/documentation/native/android/mobile-device-setup/) and scroll down to Enable Developer Mode
- For Oculus Go visit (https://developer.oculus.com/documentation/native/android/mobile-device-setup/) and scroll down to Enable Developer Mode
- For Pico visit https://pico-interactive.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/36000059445-how-to-set-headset-to-developer-mode-
- For Android it’s best to search your devices name and add “how to enable developer mode” in Google.
Unzip the archive downloaded in the previous step and, with the device connected and in developer mode, double click the install appforcer.bat file. When the opened window prompt shows success you can close the window and the Kiosk Mode is installed!
Step 3. Using the Kiosk Mode
With the Kiosk Mode installed you can restart the device. Once a device starts you have approximately 20 seconds before the Kiosk Mode starts the application.
To pause and start the Kiosk Mode you have to press the volume buttons alternating up and down three times (six total). Note that the volume cannot be zero or max for this to work.
Additionally, in the Look & Play settings panel is an option to start and pause the Kiosk Mode assuming it has been previously installed.
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Which platforms are supported?
Look&Play is compatible with the Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, Google Daydream, PICOVR and Android devices.
What are the minimum requirements of my Android smartphone?
A general rule of thumb is that your smartphone needs to have a gyroscope and enough computing power to play a VR video. You can check if your phone has a gyroscope on: https://www.gsmarena.com/. Furthermore, you can check if your phone can play VR video by opening a 360° on YouTube or on your smartphone.
Does Look&Play work on the Oculus Go?
Yes, it does.
Does Look&Play support 4K resolution?
Yes, Look&Play supports monoscopic and stereoscopic video up to 4K.
What type of content is supported?
Look&Play supports: – Monoscopic 360° video – Stereoscopic 360° video – Spatial audio – 360° photo for a branded waiting room Video specifications: Codec: H265 or H264 .mp4 file Resolution: 3840×1920 FPS: 30 Max bitrate: 16 mb/s Audio: Stereo aac audio or .tbe Branding specifications: Codec JPFG, PNG Resolution background: 3480×1920 Resolution icons: 512×512
How many pieces of content can I load onto my device?
You can upload an unlimited amount of 360° videos. Do note that you can add a maximum of 20 video files per each folder. The total amount is only restricted by your device capacity.
What are the recommended specifications for a 360° video?
Codec: H265 or H264 Resolution: 3840×1920 FPS: 30 Max bitrate: 16 mb/s Audio: Stereo aac audio or .tbe
What are the recommended specifications of a 360° background?
Codec JPG, PNG Resolution: 3840×1920
What are the recommended specifications for the icons?
Codex PNG Resolution: 512×512 We strongly recommend to use square Icons.
Do you support spatial audio?
Yes, we support Two Big Ear (.tbe) files.
Do you support stereoscopic 360 video?
Yes, we support stereoscopic TB and LR, as well as monoscopic files.
Is it possible to play 2D videos?
You can make an edit of the video that contains a 2D video screen which displays your video. Look&Play originally broadcasts 360° videos on VR headsets.
What kind of audio is supported?
We support standard stereo audio as well as spatial audio in the form of Two Big Ears (.tbe)
Kiosk mode for VR headsets
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 VR 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 VR 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:
- A developer mode is activated allowing the user to configure custom settings including a Kiosk VR mode for VR headsets.
- The original startup sequence of the device is replaced with an alternative program.
- 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 VR 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.
Is it possible to load multiple 360° videos into my device?
Yes. You can upload an unlimited amount of 360° videos. Do note that you can add a maximum of 20 video files per each folder. The total amount is only restricted by your device capacity.
Is it possible to add spatial audio to my 360° video?
Yes, this is possible.
How do I start a 360° video?
Once you start the Look&Play app you will be in a virtual waiting room. Here you can choose to start a 360° video by looking at the icon for a few seconds. Once the 360° finishes you will automatically return to the waiting room.
Where can I download the Look&Play app?
For the Oculus Go you can only download the app using the redeem code you will receive from us once you bought your license. For your Android device and for the Pico you can download the app in the Play Store, this is a cardboard version. You need the license code to be able to start using the Look&Play app.
How does the redeem code work?
In order to download the Look&Play app on your Oculus Go 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. More info can be found in the guide. You can download it here.
Is there a guide available?
Yes, we have made a guide that explains how to install the Look&play app, how you can prepare your content and how to load it on your device. You can download it here.
Is there a support page?
Yes, there is a support page. You can click here to go to the page.
How can I contact your support team?
Please send an email to email@example.com or you can call us on: +31 30 71 16 158