Chromeboxes will turn into beacons...

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I found this interesting article about chromeboxes and beacons: http://www.sixteen-nine.net/2015/10/06/chromebox-digital-signage-players-double-bluetooth-beacons/?u...
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Interesting.. :)
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Thanks for sharing. They provided an initial repo https://github.com/g-ortuno/eddystone-chrome-apps-demo to help people demo this.

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I'll be looking into this, as we're looking at doing a limited beacon rollout in the next few months, and have a few more signage locations that still need hardware.

Researching the ASUS Chromebox M075U, this seems to be similar machine to the i3 NUC, can someone verify if it has similar player capabilities?

Presentations run fine on the i3 NUC, typically comprised of photos/videos, calendar, and time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220591
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Keep us updated with your findings!
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I'm looking at using these Dell Chromeboxes, has the i3-5005u CPU, and I'll probably put 4gb RAM in: http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/chromebox-3010/pd?oc=ccbid002&model_id=chromebox-3010

I'm hoping the chip will be strong enough to run the content and double on as a beacon.

I'm looking to spin up a virtual machine today and play around with the OS etc.Using Chromium Vanilla after 5mins of searching if anyone else has better suggestions I'm more than open.
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Got the virtual machine up, but it doesn't appear to have a recent enough build of Chromium. I'm looking at messing around with that, hopefully the hardware will arrive soon, but I'd be surprised if I can get it before the Holidays are over sadly.
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What do you use for VM? I am on VirtualBox, but just downloaded a trial of VMWare Workstation for Windows.  Also I didn't know that you can do ChromeOS on a VM (I have a Chromebox for testing/troubleshooting).
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Thanks, appreciate it. I'm thinking proximity beacon, nearby messages, places api (all 3) as I don't want to create image again. Got caught putting out fires today so didn't get to much except for reading up on the API's this evening.
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I've just finished building the OS and have it ready to load into kvm. There's also an option to burn it directly to a flash drive and run it off that, as the OS wants flash based storage. Depending on how successful I am with KVM I may go that route, I haven't used KVM before and was getting an error following the auto prompts when building the OS about memory, so I'm hoping it's just passing a different parameter but left before looking up syntax as it was already later.
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I've gotten the image to boot inside of KVM, but it continues to crash while loading itself. Current machine is 8gb, with i7-2600 and a spindle drive, so I'll put putting the image on a more powerful machine this evening/putting it into a flash drive. Trying to USB stick option in the interim.
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I've successfully gotten Chromium to boot via KVM on the i7-2600. I'll be searching for a bluetooth dongle now and start testing.
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mparsons,

I'm excited to hear how testing goes!