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iPad Kiosk app? Wake on front camera motion?

BigSlade 1 week ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Apple • updated by Ike O. yesterday at 12:59 a.m. 4

I tried to search the forum for this answer, but could not find anything.  I was looking to create another smart panel for my house and have an iPad Gen 2 laying around and figured I would try to repurpose this.  Unfortunately I can't seem to find anything like Fully Kiosk that will wake up the screen on motion.  From the show me your tiles post I know there are a lot of people using iPads, so what are you using?  Or is the display just always on?  Thanks in advance.

iOS
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Amazon Fire & Fully discussion

Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 year ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by esalomo 2 days ago 133

Just posting this link here for now for reference:


https://www.facebook.com/groups/SmartThingsUsersGroup/permalink/999756380167437/


I need to use AT for pet sitters to be able to interact with ST when staying at my house. I don't want them to have access to my iPad because all of my Apple devices all linked nor do I want to share the ST app with them, so I bought the 3 pack 8" Fire tablets during Prime deals which will be dedicated to AT/ST. Last night, I was able to install Fully Kiosk Browser and set it up to turn on w motion. The only problem I can't seem to fix is that it still turns on to the lock screen. I am hoping someone can give me some settings to fix this. These tablets are Fire HD 8 (7th Generation) so I am hoping this was not just a feature in previous versions.

Readers are encouraged to browse Fully's website, as it contains a direct link to the APK and descriptions of all the features.

Fire
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Solution Exists

Browser time and Clock Tile is off -5 hours

Bryantrichar 2 weeks ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 weeks ago 3

For some reason on my new Fire HD 8 7th edition, in two different browsers the time is +5 hours. Time is right on iPhone and Laptop. Tried Fully and Chrome

iPhone 

Fire HD 8 via Fully

Fire Android
Answer

Hi Bryan,

The Clock Tile "uses" the System Time of your Tablet / Phone / PC; but relies on the browser's interface to the operating system (FireOS, in this case) to pass  in the correct current time, accounting for the Time Zone, DST, and so on.

My guess is that there is there is either an incorrect setting in FireOS (check your various date/time Android Settings for the tablet), or an obscure bugin FireOS that is perhaps triggered by a temporary glitch in GPS or Network "location services" (and thus cannot determine the correct Time Zone) or the change from Daylight Saving Time to Real Time.

My own Fire HD8 Tablet (and Fire HD7 Tablet) are showing the correct time (in Pacific Time).

So, please:

  1. Reboot the tablet (completely shut it down and turn it on again). That might be completely sufficient.
  2. Drag down from the top of the screen and press the GEAR to examine all the FireOS Settings. In particular, check the "Date & Time" section. I use "Automatic Time Zone"; but you may want to toggle this off and on, or even set it to off and manually select your Time Zone.


Please let me know what happens - though there may be nothing ActionTiles can do about it if we are accessing the system date according to the Javascript specifications.

Thanks,

...Terry.

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Can the screen be put to sleep at certain times and wake on motion or tap?

jnick 3 weeks ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by J B 3 weeks ago 2

Hey AT community! 

Fellow ST user/WebCoRE user here. I have been contemplating jumping on the AT bandwagon for a bit now and think I might finally bite. One question I have is regarding the possibility of using this in our master bedroom...

I think it would be a great addition to have full control of the house/check it's status from our bedroom but one concern I have is that when we sleep, there will be a bright glow of the tablet shining in the room. Is it possible to have the screen sleep or go blank between certain hours and only wake once there is motion?

Any help is appreciated! 

iOS Fire Android
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My simple (<$10) mounting solution for Prime Day Amazon Fire Tablets

johnny2678 1 year ago in Browsers Tablets Phones • updated by Jimi 4 weeks ago 6

Finished product:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/1TkkDouiqfY7hBVz1


Parts:


Tools:

  • Phillips Head screwdriver
  • Drill w/ 3/16" metal bit
  • Hobby knife or box cutter
  • Fingernail clippers ;) - I'm sure others can find a more eloquent way to trim away excess rubber but they work.


Steps:

  • Unscrew the clip from the vent magnet
  • Separate what's left into 4 parts. The plastic backing, the metal magnetic plate, 4x round magnets, and the protective rubber cover.
    • You can dispose of the plastic backing (not shown below)
    • I recommend removing the magnet from the plate when drilling.  Otherwise they will pick up all the metal shavings.


  •  Drill out the center hole of the metal plate with the 3/16 bit - or whatever size is appropriate for your drywall anchors.
  • Clip away excess rubber around the center to accommodate your screw/anchor head
    • The screw/anchor head will sit flush on the plate when you feed it through the hole you just drilled, but it's too large for the hole in the middle of the rubber cover
  • Use box cutter to cut a small X in the middle of the protective cover - large enough so you can insert a phillips head screwdriver
    • tried to get a pic of the X but it doesn't show well


  • With the screw inserted into the metal plate, replace the magnets in the slots, and fit the rubber covering over the plates/magnet/screw head
  • Use a phillips head to screw assembled magnet mount into the drywall


Hope this helps or inspires other creating mounting solutions.  Sorry I didn't take more pics but I wasn't sure what I was doing until I finished ;) Enjoy.

Fire Android
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Google Home Hub

jd 4 weeks ago in Browsers Tablets Phones • updated 4 weeks ago 2

Could anybody do a quick comparison between ActionTiles and the recently released Google Home Hub?  Thanks in advanced.

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Can't add *Panel* to Home Screen (Android)

Jim 1 month ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Android • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 4

I have in the past using Chrome on my Android phone added shortcuts to panels on my home screen. No problem.

Just created a new panel. I opened it in Chrome on my phone. Selected add to home screen. But the only thing it will add now is app.actiontiles.com. It won't add the panel address. And it also doesn't give me the option to rename it like it used to.

Anyone else seen this issue and know how to correct it?

Android
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Solution: Fire, Ring Doorbell, Fully, and Action Tiles

Willis 11 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by Arn B 1 month ago 95

I have seen a lot of questions related to the Ring Doorbell and Kindle Fire...I figured out a workable solution:

Sideload the Google Play Store onto the Fire (I used the instructions at https://www.howtogeek.com/232726/how-to-install-the-google-play-store-on-your-amazon-fire-tablet/ )

Use the Play Store to install the Ring Doorbell app

Use the Play Store to install AutomateIt


Setup 2 rules in AutomateIt:

Rule 1:  On notification from Ring, run the Ring App

Rule 2:  On notification from Ring, run the Fully App with a 1 minute delay


AutomateIt will notify you that it needs permission to monitor notifications.  Allow that permission.


Start Fully, ring your doorbell, see your front porch, cheer, wait another half minute or so, and Fully restarts, conduct victory lap...and profit.


If you have motion detection turned on for the doorbell, this will also show your porch if something trips the motion sensor.

Fire
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Fully Kiosk With Kindle Fire

Shane Kent 1 year ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 2
Have it to where screen shows action tiles and stays on.
Would like it to time out and with a tap come on straight to my action tile panel. I set to it to detect motion but that doesn't work.
Any suggestions?
Thanks
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Cannot set Fully as Home App of Fire Tablet

kday 1 year ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 1 month ago 7

I have a Fire Table HD 8 Gen 7 running Fire OS 5.3.3.  I don't see an option in the settings to set the Fully Kiosk as the Home App.  When I set Kiosk mode it only does it once.  After restart of the tablet I am receiving an error that "You only selected Fully to run "just once" as your home app.  Please select always."  There is no option to select Always or anything else to select in the settings.  After restart I can continue in Kiosk mode or disable it which is exactly what I do not want someone to be able to do.  Is there any solution to get the kiosk mode working always?

Answer

I suspect that limitations / lockdowns in FireOS / Fire Tablets prevent Fully from taking over at boot as the homescreen App.


It's an unfortunate limitation of getting such a high quality tablet at a bargain price.


I still suggest contacting Fully Support to confirm. Maybe they have a workaround.


Most Customers I know just have their tablets permanently plugged in and turned on and use the "dim:" screensaver setting in Fully. This works well for me.

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Confirmed Bug

Arrange Tiles mode scrolls on iOS 11

Colton 3 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Apple • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 4

When I add a thing and then adjust its position, the list jumps around not permitting me to move the thing upward in the list. Using iOS on an iPad. 

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Video as screensaver Fully kiosk on Fire HD?

Daran 4 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Amazon Fire • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 4

Hi,

I love ActionTiles - running it very successfully with konnected alarm system. It's early days but I've got to grips with most things now.  The only problem I am having is getting the Amazon fire to show a full screen video from youtube as a screensaver and getting it to play automatically.  I can get it to go full screen but on the Fire it doesn't automatically play no matter what I try.  I want to show a nice video like a drone flyover of Norway or something equally spectacular.

Has anyone had any luck showing such a video specifically from YouTube?


thanks.

Fire
Answer
Daran 4 months ago

I gave up on youtube but did manage to get it working via imeo!!!

Here's a few examples... just change the number after "/video/" to the vimeo video of your choice.




I've got three in my list but it will only ever play the first one - if I take the "loop=1" off, if it gets to the end of the video it just sits there in vimeo.  It would be good it the playlist was randomized every time the screensaver is activated - can this be a feature please?

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Microsoft Surface Tablet

myoung84 2 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 3

Is anyone using a surface tablet for actiontiles? I have an old surface pro gen 2 that I could use. May replace an old photo frame on an end table. Very happy with my wall mounted fire 7 playing photos as a Screensaver. 


Last time I used it was when windows 10 launched and it didn't take kindly to the update (been a long time). I'd need to reinstall win10 from scratch, but wanted to know if a windows platform is a good idea before I go through the trouble? 



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Fire tablet can see tiles - Android tablet can't on local media tiles

Jay 2 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 2 months ago 3

I have a very strange issue going on and I'm hoping someone can offer up a suggestion to try that I haven't tried already.

I have some Media Tiles that get images from a web server on the local network.

My Fire Tablet gets these images just fine over it's Wi-Fi connection.

My Android phone and Android Tablet don't get the images over the same Wi-Fi connection to the local network.



Does the Fire do HTTP requests differently than Android?

Does Android block local requests somehow?  I can get to other web pages (on the local network over wifi) just fine with the Android browsers?


I'm open to anything at this point.


Thank you!

Jay

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Screen Saver to use NAS Picture Folder

myoung84 2 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones • updated by Jay 2 months ago 5

I tried Dakboard but I don't like the slow loading time from AT the Dakboard website. I would rather my tablet just cycle pics from a folder on my NAS. Is this possible? I played with folder sharing on my QNAP NAS but couldn't figure out how to get fully to point to it. I could just download pics to the tablet but I want my wife to be able to dump her preferred pics to a NAS folder and fully cycle them (I don't want to have to manage the pics, LOL)

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Steal 5vDC from 24vAC thermostat for wall mount Tablet?

myoung84 2 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones • updated 2 months ago 6

I just started using AT, love it so far. I'm considering mounting a tablet to start experimenting with. I'm building a house next year, currently finalizing the design. I'll be doing all the low voltage installation so I need to know pretty soon exactly what I need for smart house items so I can run cabling as needed. I'd always wanted to do a wall mount tablet in a few locations and I think AT will fit the bill.


So for now in the current house, I don't care to dig into sheet rock to run cables for power then have to repair before we sell the house, but I still want to play, mostly to get the wife on-board and so I'm not having to experiment on the new place.


I have a perfect spot downstairs right above or next to my nest thermostat. I do have 5 wires to the nest so I have 24VAC with common available.  I was thinking of a AC to 5VDC buck converter mounted inside a picture frame with the tablet. I could poke a small hole in the wall from the nest to behind tablet. Has anyone ever done this? It shouldn't pull more than a half amp at 24VAC...


I'm not sure what size AC transformer is in my HVAC system, it's a Lennox system about 2 years old. Also not sure how much power the nest requires.

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Can we have an app to keep panel full screen and run on unlock?

Luke 2 years ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Android • updated by callegari.dreaming 2 months ago 8

Existing way of running the panels in Chrome (or other) browser doesn't seem to keep them in immersive mode (on Android). Any home screen shortcut created runs full screen, but not immersive on the phones and tablets I have tried. If we had a dedicated app that launches the page, it could be coded to always stay in immersive mode, rather than having to press the full screen button inside ActionTiles. It would also remain immersive after a link had been launched and returned from, such as to run Spotify. Such an app could also potentially have options to launch it immediately after unlocking the device, or set it up as a home screen app so that it can be a launcher to replace the home screen if the device was a dedicated ActionTiles device.

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Blackberry playbook stop presenting the actiontiles app

Juval 3 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 1

A month ago, my 2 Blackberry playbook tablets stop presenting (having access) to the actiontiles app. At the beginning I thought that the problem is related to the old units (wifi issue), but only today when I had the time to look at it, I have found that the WiFi is OK and I can browse other sites, including www.actiontiles.com.

I have checked it on a few browsers - but w/o any success.


1. Was there any security update (around a month + ago), that preventing from the Blackberry playbook tablet to connect to the app ? (Knowing that this tablet is working on an old OS - I think it is equal to Android 2.5) .

2. Is their anyway I can still use them with your app ? any recommendations ?


Thanks 

Juval

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Solution Exists

3x1 media tile rendering 2x1 on iPhone 7+

Tim 1 year ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Apple • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 5

Hi,

In my panel "Phone Vert", I have a 3x1 media tile that is set up as 3x1 at the source (http://jggdev.com/atiles/weather.php?loc=92563&titleColor=1e97ff&backgroundColor=1e97ff&static=true&layout=3X1)


It renders as 3x1 on iPhone 7, but on iPhone 7+ it renders as a 2x1. Here are screenshots from Safari dev mode, but this is the same as displayed on the phones:

iPhone 7:


iPhone7+:


Answer

Hi Tim,


We don't have the direct solution for your problem, yet. The algorithm to compute tile position is too complex to mess with without the risk of introducing unintended side effects.


However, with the introduction of the new customization features in AT V6.7, there are now reasonable workarounds to try to make your layout work for you.


You could try increasing the Tile Size (115px) or Tile Spacer slightly. That will cause the grid to be recalculated and tiles should keep their intended proportions. Your layout falls into the narrow margin of error and we just need to tweak the layout slightly.


Please let us know if this works for you.


Thanks


Alex

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Not Reproducible

Light dimming and volume control high latency

MarkusTec 10 months ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Apple • updated by Terry (ActionTiles) (Co-Founder) 3 months ago 6

Hi there - can anyone share a solution or similar experience to my issue?  Specifically, I'm experiencing a noticeable lag (latency ~ <1sec) when adjusting volume (i.e. Sonos) and also on dimmable lights.  The usability is a bit laggy and not smooth for granular control.


Also, does the number and type of tiles (gifs, etc.) on a dashboard impact the latency from a UX standpoint? Note, I have a "global" dashboard with several gif animations, shortcut links (sonos, harmony, panels, etc). 


I'm using Safari on an iPad (4th Gen; iOS 10.3.3).


Also noticing the same lagging issue using PIN authorization on Smart Home Monitor (or any tile enabled tile security).


P.S. I'm new to AT and absolutely loving it...what a great discovery!


Cheers!