There are several alternative ways to operate Science On a Sphere®. The primary
option that comes supported by the NOAA SOS team is the Remote App app,
designed for use by docents and other SOS presenters.
When SOS is running, the SOS Stream GUI appears on the SOS
desktop. It has basic controls for SOS that
may be convenient when setting up or troubleshooting SOS. The SOS Stream GUI is
described in the SOS Display Software Manual.
In order to connect the iPad to the SOS system, it must either be on the same
Wi-Fi network as the SOS system or be paired to the computer using Bluetooth.
Refer to the Network section above for specifics of the network. The most
recent SOS Remote App is freely available through the Apple App Store for
download onto Apple devices.
To get started with the Wi-Fi connection, tap on the Settings app icon on the
homepage of your device, and then tap on SOS Remote located under the Apps
category. In the Name or IP field under SOS computer to control, enter the host
name or IP address of your SOS computer. Now, check the Wi-Fi network and make
sure the iPad is connected to the right SOS network. Return to the homepage and
tap on the SOS Remote app icon to open the application. The iPad should
automatically connect. If it can’t connect, an alert badge will be displayed on
the Settings tab and there will be an error message within the Settings tab.
The SOS Stream GUI must be running in order for the iPad to connect.
While visitors have access to the SOS Remote App through the Apple App Store,
they won’t be able to take control of the SOS unless they have the Wi-Fi
password and the IP address of the SOS computer. For more information, see the
SOS Remote App Manual.
In SOS version 4.3 we added the ability to connect an iPad to the SOS server
over a bluetooth connection. Until this time all iPad/SOS server connections
were over Wi-Fi. The iPad Bluetooth connection replaced the Wii remotes in SOS
version 5.0. For information, refer to the document Connecting the iPad to the
SOS Server via Bluetooth.
Another way to operate SOS is with the touch screen-based Public Kiosk. As its
name suggests, the Public Kiosk is a controller that museum visitors or other
public users can perform simple controls on SOS when there is no presenter
available. See the SOS Public Kiosk Manual for
information on how to set up, customize, and operate the Public Kiosk.