Digital Signage on the Pine64

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Hello Community!

A few months ago I saw the Pine64 on Kickstarter. I decided to back the project thinking it would be an interesting computer to test digital signage on. I chose the Pine64+ 2GB that came with Android. It arrived in the mail yesterday and I’ve spent today testing it.

The package came with a power cable (not in the picture), small display, power switch, wifi dongle, an SD card, and the board. I fiddled around with attaching the display and some other pieces but it was not successful. I don’t know much about hardware (if you have content questions though I’m your man) and I was feeling impatient so I gave up on that and plugged in a HDMI cable. 


Pictured: Board, miscellaneous pieces, power switch, wifi dongle.


Pictured: Display, some sort of cable, SD card.

It’s a little slow to boot up at first which is perfectly reasonable for any new computer. Once it booted up I signed in using my Google Account and headed to the Play Store. I installed My Rise Player, which is built by Scott’s Digital Signage on it, entered the Display ID and started my Presentation.

I made the mistake of hooking up the Pine64 to a schedule that had four presentations. Two interactive presentations and two passive that were content heavy. The Pine was also getting very hot as it was trying to load the Presentations so I improvised and pointed a fan at it. After a few minutes it was able to load the first interactive presentation but it was really slow and you couldn’t navigate from page to page. Then I lessened the load and added one of our templates to it, unfortunately I can’t remember which one I started with. The Pine was still struggling with that so I switched it to just the Full Screen Image template.


You can see the CSS transitions (overlapping text) struggling here.

This template was playing well so I increased the load a bit and added three HTML templates. These templates have a fair amount of CSS animations and one has a few videos. The CSS animations have been performing well but once again the video is was seriously struggling.

For the past 4 hours or so it’s been playing through this schedule just fine. I’m pretty impressed with it and for someone with little Linux/terminal/RaspberryPi experience this seems like a good inexpensive digital signage player. One thing to note before you buy one is that Rise Vision does not support Android, it's a Community supported OS.


Advil bottles make for great media player stands.

If anyone else has experimented with a Pine64 or something similar let us know how it went.

Thanks!

Shea


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Awesome!
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Thats cool. Glad to here you used my app on it. 
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Thanks for the article, i have one laying around at home i'll be testing it tonight.
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I've had pretty good luck with using Pines running Android Lollipop to run digital signage. Although, I can't seem to figure out how to get rid of the bar that comes up on the bottom of the display when you touch it the first time. I've tried the rooted image for android but still no luck. Even after selected for the navigation bar to be turned off in the My Rise Player app.

Any suggestions?
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It really depends on the root but you could download a build.prop editor. If the device has root then all you need to add or change is qemu.hw.mainkeys = 1 in the editor. That will completely disable navigation bar from showing up. If your using super su as a root you might need to update it as well.

Hope this helpd. Thanks
 
 
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Interesting. I'll definitely give this a shot because using your app has been the easiest thing when using these small boards. 
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Chad Miller

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I'm using the same setup and getting good results.  My only problem is how do I start the app automatically.  The checkbox does nothing for me.
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I've recently been having loads of issues with the Pine being able to connect to the network over ethernet. This is a big problem when I'm trying to download the My Rise Player app. And I seemed to start having this problem when I started using the (rooted) images for the disks. 

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
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I've been using rooted version 6 without any problems. I was going to switch to non-rooted just to see if there is any difference. 
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Are you using 8gb cards or 16gb cards? 
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I'm actually using a 64GB card. I was trying to find a good pine64 4K digital Signage. I've had nothing successful except for rise Vision.  It's not 4K but it's at least successful and with time i'm hoping the Android os will support 4K.