Data has never been more accessible for businesses, and a host of new opportunities have emerged as a result. And whether you’re looking to collect, analyse, or present data, there has never been more choice available to you.
But how do you sift through all of this information, find the stuff you’re actually interested in, and then present it in an engaging format? This is the question that Geckoboard is trying to help answer. The company enables you to set up dashboards, pull in information from both external and internal sources, and then display that information on a TV. More than 60 pre-built integrations–connecting to services such as Google Analytics, Salesforce, and FreshBooks–enable you to pull details into your own, custom-built dashboard. And you can also connect to internal datasets and spreadsheets using the Geckoboard APIs.
Since its foundation in 2010, Geckoboard has looked to provide businesses with the information they need, in a format that enables you to spot trends and events quickly, ensuring you remain as data-centric as possible. And to push all of this information to TVs, Geckoboard recommends the ASUS Chromebox.
“We recommend the ASUS Chromebit for displaying your dashboards on a TV,” says Nick Smith, product marketing manager at Geckoboard. “Chromebits plug directly into an HDMI port on your TV and are relatively inexpensive, are optimised for running the most up-to-date version of Google’s Chrome browser, can run in ‘full screen’ mode, can be used in portrait or landscape, and–importantly–they’re able to run continuously in the background.”
Because every Chromebox runs Chrome OS, it’s also compatible with Geckoboard’s app for Chrome OS. Using this you can quickly get your dashboard up and running, and get it displayed on your TV of choice in a matter of minutes.
“In the Geckoboard offices we use several Chromebits and a Chromebox made by ASUS,” says Smith. “As a minimum we’d recommend making sure there is at least one HDMI port on your device to make it compatible with the widest possible range of screens.”
Once your hardware is installed, you will need to load up your dashboard in the Chrome browser. According to Geckoboard, this is by far the easiest way to use Geckoboard’s Screens feature to pair your device to a Geckoboard account, and display your critical information remotely.
If you like the sound of Geckoboard, and want to display data in a more intuitive way, here’s a checklist of what to look out for when picking a device to help display a browser on your TV screen:
- It can be left on unattended for long periods of time/permanently
- It runs a modern web browser, ideally Google Chrome
- It supports landscape or portrait modes
- It supports full screen mode
- It has an HDMI output
- It allows for easy text input (for navigating to your dashboard)
- It’s capable of connecting to a wireless network
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