Windows 10 IoT

Windows 10 IoT

I've been playing with Windows 10 IOT since it was released last year. I started experimenting to build digital signage. Interesting enough, Microsoft even has a github sample of this scenario.

I was trying to build it for the St. Charles Carnival for the bar (on Untappd this year, by the way) to display the menu. I started last year and stopped. However with the event approaching again, it was time to pick it up.

The software has progressed quite a bit. The web administration is much better, it has built in Cortana, and much more. Even better, it now supports Intel based machines like the Intel Compute Stick which I had laying around. This means the sign is much more performant than on the Raspberry Pi 3.

So I cloned the repo and made my own. The progress is pretty good and it will load static images and web pages (surprisingly, there were bugs in the sample code). I placed it here.

But that was just a start. I wanted to see what else I could do. Against the entire purpose of the IOT platform, I decided to see if I could make a simple ChromeBook-like experience. The result is here. It is basically a fancy web view with some basic tab support and adding/changing the wifi settings.

My goal here was to put this SD card in my PiTop so I can easily swap the card between Linux and this browser-only system. Then if I'm on the road in a "dangerous" situation like a conference, I don't really have to worry about it. I can use the browser and then nuke the card when I get home.

Speaking of which, the on-boarding experience is now much better. They now have a dashboard tool that just asks you a few questions and makes the SD card.

I definitely plan to use this more and continue to tinker. I started putting just Cortana on a spare Pi and hooking it up to the TV. When I have more time, this will expand beyond just a simple "what's the weather" and "tell me a joke" (which cracks up Greg, by the way).