Set up Geckoboard on a Chrome OS device

This article walks you through using our Screens feature to connect Chrome OS devices to Geckoboard. This includes our recommended device: the ASUS Chromebit.

Important note: If you have a non Chrome OS device, want to power two screens using the same Chrome OS device or want to use your Chrome OS device for more than Geckoboard, you should follow our general set-up instructions instead.

Kiosk mode

One of the main reasons we recommend Chrome OS is the ability to use its Kiosk mode to launch your dashboard as soon as the device starts. This allows Geckoboard to relaunch automatically, without anyone having to intervene, should the computer reboot or lose power.

Kiosk mode can only be enabled when setting up a Chrome device for the first time. So if you’ve previously set up your device, you will first need to Powerwash it. To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R and follow the instructions.

Warning: this will erase all data and restart setup.

  1. After booting your device, set the language, keyboard, and connect to WiFi.
  2. Before signing in, Press Ctrl + Alt + K first and click Enable.

    Note: If you miss this step you will have to Powerwash your device and re-run this set-up process.

  3. Sign in using your Google account.
  4. Open Chrome and go to the Webstore (chrome.google.com/webstore).
  5. Search for the Geckoboard extension, and install it.
  6. In Chrome, open a new tab and type chrome://extensions in the address bar.
  7. Tick Developer mode.
  8. In the list, locate the Geckoboard App ID (kaiokjdncjfbkflmhagbokblchpcpdoh) and copy it to the clipboard.
  9. Click Manage kiosk applications.
  10. In the Add kiosk application field, paste the application ID from the clipboard and press Add.
  11. Now, hover over the item titled Geckoboard and click on Set to auto-launch.

    Note: Don't check Permanently keep this device in kiosk mode. It’s not necessary and will prevent you from being able to use your Chrome device for other purposes.

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  12. Restart the device, and the kiosk will be launched. The first time you do this you will need to confirm the automatic start of the kiosk.

Note: If you need to stop Geckoboard automatically booting in Kiosk mode press Ctrl + Alt + S at bootup.

Connecting

To connect your Chrome OS device to Geckoboard, follow these steps:

  1. After setting up your device to boot with Geckoboard, you should see a pairing code on your screen.
  2. On your regular computer, log in to Geckoboard and click Screens.Click_screens.png
  3. Enter your passcode in the window that appears.Enter_pairing_code.png
  4. The screen is now connected and should be displaying the dashboard you’re currently on. To change which dashboard or dashboard loop is displayed or to connect more devices, click Screens.
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