At the co-working space my startup works from, there’s a large-screen TV in the open communal area that usually displays a looping kiosk presentation with announcements, event schedules and people’s names and photos running a PowerPoint presentation that had to be manually edited, transferred to the TV computer, opened and played.
In the spirit of startup hacks, I thought there had to be a smarter/faster/easier way.
After a bit of research and testing, Google Docs Presentations had almost exactly what I wanted – simple presentation editing tools, multiple people could edit the document together, changes are cloud-based and can be viewed full-screen with just a simple browser.
However, it was missing the ability to be automatically updated while being displayed, which is where I hacked together a quick HTML solution.
You can see a live sample here http://jsbin.com/ipilex/1.
One caveat is that Google Docs Presentations are locked to 4:3 aspect ratio, so it can’t properly fill a 16:9 or 16:10 display.
Although Microsoft SkyDrive’s PowerPoint Web App can also be embedded, it does not allow for automatically looping presentation which does not fit the purpose of a kiosk display.
I hope this helps someone out there who may have a similar TV kiosk set up.