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iPad Kiosk app? Wake on front camera motion?

BigSlade 5 years ago in Browsers Tablets Phones / Apple updated by alexanderroseen 5 months ago 16

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.


I use an iPad, and it is always on when we are at home.  Set it up for the wife, she has COPD. Can't operate devices.

After searching most of the afternoon and evening I think this is just not possible on an iPad. 

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As far as I know too, there are a few "kiosk apps" in the Apple App Store, but wake on front camera motion detection isn't an option, probably due to iOS preventing "hidden" or background access to the camera. This makes sense due to Apple's extra attention to privacy.

Android's flexibility is under-appreciated.



I have four of them around the house on the walls.. They are always ON.. First, I had a heating problem but I changed the outlets with Smart Outlets (GE) and created pistons with WebCore that they are 30 minutes charging and 30 minutes off. No more heating problem and they work great. (Display brightness is at 50%).

Any chance you can share your piston with me?  I am trying to accomplish the same thing.  Thanks.


Sure thing... there you go

After my wife accidently updated my wall mounted iPads they no longer stay on all the time...They used to dim until you'd tap the screen to wake it. Any idea how I can get that functionality back??? Would be greatly appreciated if anyone had an idea....Thanks!

I believe you have an option in the settings. 

Auto Brightness..

I think that's what it does.

I used my old Ipad as a action tiles panel (i think it's gen2) I was giving up trying to wake it up on motion and I noticed that it wake up when the power is interrupted so I plugged it to an smart plug and I created a piston that turns power supply on and off every time that a motion is detected, using the same motion sensor to turn the lights on in the same room .. it only worked in my old ipad , newer ios didnt work 

Im really really interested to hear what is the name of the kiosk apps you use - wich is the best ? - im having an old iPad using it for ActionTiles, but would love the Kiosk on it :) 

Fully Kiosk Browser is popular and has a ton of customization.  Pretty sure they have an ipad version.

on the iPad go to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Guided Access.

This is designed for schools to lock you in to an app.  You can run in Kiosk mode with a pin code to leave that mode.  It does not solve the screen power off issue however. 


Kiosker app for iPad is really great for running AT on it. It has a screensaver function that wakes up with motion detected using the camera. While I've had some issues with the app and it completing commands lately, their developer is response (located in Finland I believe) and does fix issues when found. Give it a look.

I set my deployed iPads to stay on all the time in the Settings, so I don't have an answer to the wake on motion.  However, wanted to share a trick on how I save ActionTiles to my iPad's home screen:

  1. Launch Safari on your ‌device
  2. Navigate to http://app.actiontiles.com
  3. Tap the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it)
  4. Scroll down the list of actions and tap "Add to Home Screen"

It then becomes an app style icon shortcut that runs ActionTiles in Safari "chromeless" aka. fully kiosk.


I’ve created an iPad app that is a kiosk app. It simply get activated by detecting faces, not movement. It was a side gig but now I’m trying to do the same with any motion. 

Hey! That sounds like the perfect app, what is the name of it? :)