The Public Kiosk has two main user interfaces (UIs), one for public interaction
with SOS and another for administration of the kiosk. The public UI is normally
the one displayed and is described in this section, while the latter is
described in the Admin UI section.
Located at the top. This area includes a logo image at the left, title and
subtitle text, an information button (“i” symbol), and a group of language
buttons. The language buttons transform the language of the UI to the selected
choice. The supported languages are preselected by each venue (see the
Localization/Translations to Non-English Languages section for
information on how to set up translations).
Located on the left side. This is a scrollable set of rectangular buttons, each
of which defines a related set of datasets. By default, these are largely the
same as the Major Categories in the SOS Data Catalog, but can be changed to fit
each venue’s needs (see the Group and Dataset Configuration
Located on the bottom. This is a scrollable set of circular buttons, each of
which defines a dataset for the currently selected group. By default, these are
NOAA’s selection of the best and most popular datasets for each group, but can
be changed to fit each venue’s needs (see the Group and Dataset Configuration
Located on the right side. This is a scrollable set of circular buttons, each of
which defines an overlay dataset that may be shown on top of the current
dataset. By default, these are all of NOAA’s set of overlay datasets, but fewer
may be shown to can fit with the venue’s needs.
Located left of center. This is a text area that usually displays a brief
description of the currently selected dataset. When the information button is
selected, this area displays an introduction to SOS and instructions on how to
use the Public Kiosk.
Located right of center. This is a collection of controls to manipulate the
sphere. A spherical trackball controller is used to drag the sphere horizontally
and vertically with curved arrow next to it used to tilt the sphere (by tapping
or dragging it). Below the sphere are buttons to reset the sphere position, play
or pause it, turn globe rotation on/off for animations, step one frame
backward/forward, and a frame slider.
Located lower right corner. The “gear” button is used to access the user
interface for kiosk administration controls. It includes the ability
to lock the kiosk UI when a presenter is using the iPad controller.