This document summarizes the changes and additions to the Science On a Sphere®
(SOS) Public Kiosk (“Kiosk”) in the SOS 5.5.x Kiosk release.
The Kiosk software provides a touch screen controller running on Windows
intended for a general public audience to interact with an SOS exhibit when
there is no presenter available. The Kiosk provides a flexible and
easy-to-administer public controller that can be localized to native languages
by using standard SOS playlists.
For detailed information on setting up, customizing, and using the Kiosk,
please refer to the SOS Public Kiosk Manual. Note that this
manual includes instructions for using the media2kiosk utility, a
command-line program that is installed on the SOS machines running Ubuntu
along with the main SOS software. This utility is needed if you wish to tailor
which datasets may be selected on your Kiosk.
SOS Public Kiosk 5.5.x requires Windows 7, 8, or 10
This release is available upon request by emailing
will provide Internet links to download a Kiosk installer program. This file
is not obtainable using standard Ubuntu update management tools
The Kiosk is installed on a Windows machine with touch screen by double
clicking the downloaded installer program, setup.exe, and following the
The default configuration of the kiosk files are automatically installed. If
you have an existing kiosk configuration, the new one is merged into that.
If you want to start with a new copy and default configuration of the latest
kiosk software, you should uninstall your current version before installing
the new one
Closing the SOS application while the kiosk application is running crashes
When setting a custom logo in kiosk.sos on the SOS machine using the
media2kiosk utility, it isn’t put in the right place for the kiosk to
read. It must be manually moved before transferring the customized files
from the SOS machine to the kiosk