NOTE: The touchscreen Wall Displays are currently under development. 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 DAKboard v2 Plus, Wall Display 27", 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:

Orange Pi - Download and Install DAKboard OS
Raspberry Pi - Download and Install the DAKboard OS

Any Touchscreen Monitor or TV that is capable of working with Linux OS and has a that has its touchscreen controls through a USB connection should work with your CPUs running on these OSs. Both the HDMI and USB connections must be made to the DAKboard CPU to get the touchscreen monitor to work. 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 and/or Keyboard 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. (See our Blog article QR Codes, Buttons and More! for details on this)
  • Countdown/Count Up timer Block: The reset button can be pressed by touch or mouse click

New Additions:

  • 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.
  • DAKboard To-Do: (02/14/2024)  DAKboard now has a To-Do list you can access and edit right from your Account and Display. This To-Do list option can be fully accessed from your Display using your Touchscreen or connected Mouse. Add, complete, and reopen your tasks right from your Display.

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 for its touch controller and is confirmed to work with Linux-based computers should work with the DAKboard OS. Make sure you use the USB cable that came with your Touchscreen monitor to connect to the Touch Controller. It will most likely be a USB-A to USB-B cable. Below is a list of the Displays we have tested and know work.

  • View Sonic:
    • Model TD2465
    • Model TD2760 (Current bug case open for Sleep Schedule issues with Portrait mode)
  • Planar Helium:
    • PCT2235
  • DeYoWo: 
    • 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.

Known Issues:

With so many customers adopting the new Touchscreen technology we are adding this section to cover known issues:

  • Asus VT299H not working with DAKOS - It was determined that displays using Weida HiTouch will not work with our systems. This means that the Asus monitor is currently not supported. See our bug case for more information.
  • Viewsonic TD2760 fails to apply the Touch Matrix when using Sleep Scheduler in Portrait mode - It was determined that the Touchscreen controller turns off when it loses connection with the HDMI caused by our sleep scheduler. When awoken from Sleep, the controller takes too long to come back on causing it to apply the default Landscape matrix to the screen. See our bug case for more information
  • Portrait Matrix fails if USB controller loses connection - It was determined that certain monitors, like the Acer VT270, will have regular loss of power to the USB connection for the touch controller. This makes it so that the Portrait mode will break and revert to the Landscape mode. See our bug case for more information.
  • Touchscreen registering as 3 devices in xinput fail to apply Portrait matrix - It was determined that if the device reports itself as 3 separate touchscreen controllers when we search for it, will fail to accept the commands needed to set up the Portrait mode from xinput. See our bug case for more information.
  • IR overlays will not allow you to interact with the Screen after a reboot - It was determined that rebooting a DAKOS device while an Infrared Overlay is attached will cause the interaction, like pressing a button or checking off an event in your todo list, will fail until you unplug and plug the USB cable back into the display. If in Portrait mode, you will also have to resave your configuration to reapply the matrix to the screen if you do this. See our bug case for more information.

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