Selling wire is hard. How do you convince a consumer that the 4 Ga Oxygen Free Copper is better for them than this 4 Ga Copper Clad Aluminum? Up until now we have a piece of each we offer and show to customers followed by explaining why OFC is better for them then CCA. One of our manufacturers reps showed us a great YouTube video showing the differences and explaining in much more depth.
So we started kicking around how to show this YouTube video on a TV or computer near our wire selection.
After looking at a flyer from a local distributor for an advertising system for our facility, I couldn’t see spending 200-300 bucks for a closed system that would do nothing but annoy me with its limitations.
So I started looking for a PC based solution. But dedicating a PC to run a TV just seemed like overkill. So I looked at a bunch of options. ChromeCast? Nope. Android on a Stick? Nope. No good kiosk application that wasn’t way more complicated than I was willing to learn. A good friend of mine uses a Raspberry Pi in his business. After looking around and for the cost I bought one.
We are about a week into it, but it has worked out awesome. It took roughly 2 hours to learn how to do this, but it now only takes an 1/2 hour to get a device up and running. Now will the SD Cards go bad? Probably. But who cares. This was fun and cheap.
I used a ProScan TV. Not the best TV, but an awesome monitor.
Raspberry Pi Case
Micro USB Cord
Raspberry Pi WiFi Dongle
USB Keyboard and Mouse
In the next blog post, I will cover what it takes to get it all working.