HP’s Touchpad Makes the Ultimate Business Dashboard

Business Dashboard

Real-time Business Dashboard

The picture above is my HP Touchpad setup to display my business’s dashboard when my Touchpad is charging and idle. With a simple glance to my left I can see the current status of my entire business. My dashboard shows me recent tweets, sales, website visitors, uptime, errors, and will soon include more metrics as I continue customizing it.

The ingredients for this setup are simple.

  • HP Touchpad – A lot of people have one of these lying around now since HP’s fire-sale. This is a good way to put it to use.
  • HP Touchstone – If you own a Touchpad, get a Touchstone charging stand! This thing is amazing. It does NOT require that you plug or dock your tablet into it. Merely placing your Touchpad on the stand begins charging the device. It’s voodoo magic, pure and simple. Additionally, the stand makes interacting with the tablet much easier if you’re at a desk.
  • Geckoboard.com Account – This is the software behind the dashboard. It’s hosted, and they create a unique URL for you to access your custom dashboard.
  • webOnEx – This webOS app ties everything together. When your Touchpad has been idle for awhile on the charging stand, it goes into Exhibition mode. The webOnEx app allows you to display a webpage during Exhibition mode instead of the default clock or photo album. Our webpage is our customized Geckoboard dashboard.

You can get webOnEx by going to “settings” on your Touchpad, then to “Exhibition.” Next click on the “Find More…” button at the botom. Finally lookup webOnEx and install it. After it’s installed, go back to the Exhibition settings and select webOnEx as the default. When your tablet goes into Exhibition mode, you can change the URL of webOnEx to your Geckoboard dashboard.


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7 Responses to HP’s Touchpad Makes the Ultimate Business Dashboard

  1. Thanks for sharing your setup.

    I think the Touchstone uniquely positions the TouchPad as the foundation for lots of great ambient information displays. I have a vision of one in every room of the house, just like a wall clock. Originally, I thought the iPad was this ambient information device. Turns out, the iPad does want to be continuously interacted with. Unlike a wall clock or the TouchPad.

  2. Fred B. says:

    That looks like a great setup! Running a small business in today’s society requires you to stay on top of all these figures and statistics. Having it together all in one place makes it so much easier. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mohit says:

    That’s my App – glad that you’re finding good use for webOnEx 🙂

  4. Ed Cates says:

    Nice use of your setup, Dusty! Being new to the TouchPad (but not to the Touchstone or Exhibition Mode) I wasn’t aware of webOnEx. I now have it pointed at fullscreenweather.com and have a handy little weather kiosk on my desk. 😀

    Awesome.

  5. What a great idea for those who need to be in-the-know – especially managers and CEOs. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Isaac J says:

    Love the setup, please add share link your site for easy sharing on FB etc. 🙂

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