TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Touchscreen and DAKboard OS:
- DAKboard Blocks That Work With Touchscreens:
- Touchscreens That Have Been Tested:
- Block Layers are Important:
NOTE: The touchscreen Wall Displays are currently under development. They will not be ready until early 2024. We are doing our best to get these ready as soon as possible. Watch our BLOG or our Social Media accounts for more details as to when these will be available.
Touchscreen and DAKboard OS:
DAKboard OS versions 3.41 (Raspberry Pi) and 103.41 (Orange Pi) CPUs and above have now been configured to work with Touchscreen Monitors. Our v2 Plus Wall Display and Mirror Display are not Touchscreen at this time. If you have a CPU and want to have it work with a Touchscreen, you can upgrade your DAKboard OS to the latest versions from our articles below:
Any Touchscreen Monitor or TV that is capable of working with Linux OS and has a USB connection should work with your CPUs running on these OSs. Make sure the screen you want to purchase says it works with Linux before you buy it.
When creating your Custom Screen, be aware of the placement of your Blocks. Any Block placed behind another will not be able to be touched by you on your screen and therefore cannot be interacted with. This is why the Touch Functionality does not work with the Predefined Screens. We suggest you place Blocks that you don't need to interact with toward the bottom of your Block Layer. Check out our article Block Layers and How to Use Them to better understand how to do this.
The most exciting part of the new Touchscreen OS is that we have now added a simpler way to access your Displays Settings page for the initial setup and if you lose access to the internet. Now at the bottom of your Touchscreen, you will see the following:
This can be accessed by Touching it or, if you don't have a Touchscreen, by connecting a USB mouse to the Display. No longer will you have to connect to the Hotspot to access the settings page. Instead, you can just click this and your Display will show you the settings page. There is also an On-Screen Keyboard for making edits to your Settings. See below:
You can even create a Button Block on your Custom Screens with the URL http://localhost to be able to tap and jump to this settings page whenever you want.
NOTE: The Custom Screen Button Blocks set up this way will bypass your enabled SSL security when it is on the display. We suggest disabling the Button Block until you need it to keep others from accessing your settings page. This is useful in case you forget your Custom Password if you enable SSL and need to reset it. The Block can be enabled and disabled from the Block Layer section of your Custom Screen Editor.
DAKboard Blocks That Work With Touchscreens:
Though Touchscreen capabilities have already been in place with DAKboard, we only have a limited number of things you can do at this time. Below is a list of all of our DAKboard Blocks that have capabilities that you can take advantage of with Touchscreens:
NOTE: Due to the way the Predefined Screens were made, touchscreen functionality is not available. This is due to the Block layers and how they are placed in the Layouts. The Big Calendar Layout does allow you to Scroll through the calendar but that is the only touch function the Predefined Screen has.
Available at Release:
NOTE: Though external links can be accessed from your DAKboard using Touchscreen or Mouse Clicks, we currently do not have a method to navigate back from these links. The only way to get back to your Screen is to reboot the DAKboard OS device. Returns from external links are in the roadmap for future development.
- ToDo List: All ToDo lists can be scrolled through by touch or mouse scroll wheel.
- ToDoist ToDo List: You can check off events that have been completed, and uncheck them as long as they remain on the screen by touch or mouse click
- Calendars: All Multi-Month Calendars can be scrolled through by touch or mouse scroll wheel
- Weekly Calendar Type: When events cover each other you can touch or click with a mouse to pull events in the background forward.
- Button Blocks: These can be interacted with by touch or mouse click
- Countdown/Count Up timer Block: The reset button can be pressed by touch or mouse click
- Photo Blocks: (12/05/2023) You can now enable as an option the ability to advance the photo when touched or clicked by a mouse. This will use the Photo Block sources method of image rotation. For eternal sources this will be switching to a random image, for the Media Library (available with Plus and Pro plans) this will be the method of rotation you define.
- Support for Home Assistant & SmartThings: (01/09/2024) Control your smart home appliances with the tap of your finger. Home Assistant and SmartThings users can use their touchscreen DAKboard to flip lights and switches on and off remotely.
Make sure to check back as we will be adding more items and improving the existing ones with more advanced features in the coming months.
Touchscreens That Have Been Tested:
As stated before, any Touchscreen that has USB connections and is confirmed to work with Linux-based computers should work with the DAKboard OS, below is a list of the Displays we have tested and know work.
- View Sonic:
- Model TSD-2456
- Planar Helium:
- Interactive 10 Points Infrared IR Touch Screen Overlay Frame - This frame can be added to any 24-inch monitor (including the AOC, V2, and V2 Plus Wall Displays) and turn the display into a Touchscreen. They are also available in 27-inch sizes and can be used on our new Wall Display 27 when they become available.
NOTE: With the release of version 3.53 the Infrared (IR) overlays are having an issue when you first boot up the device where the touch matrix allows you to move the pointer on the Display, but you cannot interact with the touch points. To correct this, simply unplug the USB connection on the CPU and plug it back in, once the matrix picks up the panel again you will be able to interact with the Screen again. We are aware of this issue and are looking into a fix.
Block Layers are Important:
With touchscreens, Block Layers on top will be accessible, but Block Layers toward the bottom may not. You will need to know how to layer your display to get the maximum benefit. Check out the article Block Layers and How to Use Them to learn more about this.