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fishleaf Regular Visitor
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[Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

Hello,

 

We are trying to mount an interactive TV in our office so people who walking by can play with the dashboards and reports. But there are some problems that need to be solved. Any suggestions are welcome!

 

 

Current Plan:

  • Use an interactive TV like Sharp 70” PN-C703B ($3,540) or 60” PN-L603B ($4,560) (Surface Hub is too expensive…)
  • Mount a mini PC behind the TV
  • PC opens Chrome and Powerbi.com dashboard full screen

IMG_7163.jpeg 

 

 

Some problems that need any input:

  • Any way to prevent people from closing Chrome?
  • Any way to prevent people from exiting full-screen mode? (the button is at bottom right so people might accidently click that)
  • Any way to go back to main dashboard page after someone clicked into the report and INACTIVE for three minutes?

 

Or, did you encounter any problems in your organization that need a heads up?

 

Any suggestions will be helpful!

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cwayne758 Member
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

Planning on doing the same in our office!

greggyb New Contributor
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

Launch Chrome in kiosk mode, and run the dashboard in chromeless mode.

 

As for the inactivity navigation, that'll be a script you have to run on the hosting machine - not my forte.

fishleaf Regular Visitor
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

Thanks a lot!! This is super helpful!! 

 

An additional question. Do you have any suggestion on Chrome Auto-refreshing the dashboard/report? Assume I have scheduled refresh twice a day. 

 

Thanks again! 

greggyb New Contributor
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

When a dataset is refreshed, the dashboard should be refreshed automatically shortly after. The report should always query the latest version of the dataset when navigated to. If you expect it to sit idle for long periods, then I'd include a page refresh in your idle-navigation script. If people will interact with it regularly, it shouldn't be a problem. Chrome might have a scheduled refresh capability, but I don't know.

fishleaf Regular Visitor
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

Thanks a lot for the great information! This is really helpful! 

jameslo30 Member
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

@greggyb - Thanks for the info on the chomeless option. I couldn't find this information anywhere. I've put suggestions to PowerBI to make the "Full Screen" option have extra features (i.e. Auto refresh / Auto Page Change).

 

There doesn't seem to be much support for the presentation side of PowerBI. We have multiple big screen TV's with our KPI's on, but I've had to tweek stuff to get it working.

 

If you are running Windows 10, there is a PowerBI app for viewing reports. However, I don't think it automatically refreshes and may not be suitable for showing on presentation screens.

 

For anyone out there looking for an auto refresh, there is an excellent Chome plugin called "Auto Refresh Plus" - It's free and allows you to refresh the current webpage on a timer. 

 

 One of our office screen's - with figures removed for business reasons Smiley Wink

PowerBIScreen.jpg

 

fishleaf Regular Visitor
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

Hi jameslo30,

 

Thanks a lot for the chrome extension! I'm going to try this out today!

 

an additional questions, In your organization, do you currently have a way to make the report go back to dashboard page/main page after Windows is inactive for a while?

jameslo30 Member
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

@fishleaf - We use a program called AutoTab. In a nutshell, it auto-tabs programs (in our case, Chome browsers) on a timer. 

If that's what you mean.

jameslo30 Member
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Re: [Discussion] Interactive TV displays Power BI

Having just read your original post again, Auto-Tab wouldn't be the solution.

 

Let me think on that!