Was just wondering if there was anything on the EPICs road map for native multi-display support? Our most popular system has been using 2+ screens at a single workstation since the G75 days, and since the Qlarity software was hosted by the screen itself it was easy to set up. Then when the AR1 and Groov View came along we ended up going with industrial panel PCs, however, this brought on its own issues, and with our largest configuration (5 screens) it was quite the adventure to get them all up and running smoothly!
Now we are looking at using the EPIC to build the next gen model and I am wondering how we can incorporate multiple screens into the system. We could take the panel PC route again but the cost is much higher than using monitors (the display quality harks back to the late 2000s) and once again we would have the same complications as we did with the AR1. I was also considering using a touch monitor with an HDMI and USB hub connected directly to the PR1, but to me thats a flaky solution, not to mention it disables the PR1s onboard screen and theres no clear answer on whether that would duplicate the same window across all screens or allow a separate instance on each, so thats out. Finally, Im thinking of using a NUC to drive all the screens, but that also comes with some problems to solve - Chrome doesnt like launching separate windows but instead opens new tabs in the existing window. So far I have tinkered with chromium command lines (–new-window, --window-position=X,Y, --window-workspace) and this works great when running each individual shortcut, but after the first is opened and the second is launched it just pops open a new tab. I have tried running a small batch script I found on Stackoverflow and the same thing happens. So now Im looking at running a ps1 script but Im not very familiar with powershell and the idea of deploying something I dont know the full ins and outs of seems like a foolish idea.
There has to be a better way! Has anyone successfully set up multiple displays for their project? Do I have tunnel vision and missing something obvious? Should I be considering using Ignition instead of Groov View? Is there any plans for display support on the PR1? Did I say “Multiple” and “Screens” too many times in this post?
Thanks for reading my small blog post, let me know if anyone has any ideas or input.