A number of customers have asked us about the use of Google Chromebooks and Chromecasts for displaying Golf Genius Software TV leaderboard results on a large display.
The use of Chromecast eliminates the need to use an HDMI cable to connect a PC, Chromebook, Android or Apple iOS device to a large display. Since Chromebooks are priced as low as $300, they are an affordable tool for this purpose and they help keep golfers engaged once the round is finished without clunky wires and setup.
Chromecast is a very inexpensive (about $35.00) small device that plugs into the HDMI port of a TV or display and communicates over a wireless network to a Google Chrome browser on any device the free Chomecast software is installed. It allows content from the browser to be shown on the TV or display (called “casting”) and is used for casting movies, web pages, or—to keep golfers engaged—a Golf Genius Software rotating TV leaderboard.
A Chromebook is a cost-friendly laptop that only runs the Chrome browser and other Google apps such as Google docs. It only has wireless connectivity, but if you can use your phone as a wireless hotspot, then you can use your Chromebook in any location where you have cellular service. You can also use a USB to Ethernet connector to connect the Chromebook directly to wired Ethernet. Many manufacturers (HP, Samsung, Acer, etc.) produce these computers in 11.6” and 14” display versions. We have tested extensively with an Acer 11.6” Chromebook, which costs about $300 from Amazon.
All of this leads to an increase in the golfer experience at the event, and in the case with cash bars after the round, an increase in added food and beverage revenue as golfers gather around the large displays, chatting about the highs and lows of their rounds as they enjoy their favorite post-golf cocktail...or two.