Monthly Archives: February 2016

Android-x86 and Remix OS Creating Better Android Tablets

Thanks to current developments from Android-x86 and Remix OS, your hybrid tablet can now run Android. How does this affect the tablet landscape?

Source: www.xda-developers.com

Because of this, Microsoft inadvertently built the best Android tablet hardware, in part because there is no such thing as “Android-only Hardware”. Android-x86 and Remix are bringing the Android experience to all sorts of computers, including full tower-desktops, laptops, ultrabooks, and of course, hybrid tablets. This last point is the most interesting one, I think, because of the hardware involved. If we look at tablet hybrids, they typically pack substantially more RAM than Android tablets do, and some flavors come with very-powerful x86 processors. I personally own a Surface Pro 3 with an i7 processor and 8GB of RAM, which is more than enough for a semi-desktop experience on-the-go and the things I bought this for (work and school). But when I boot into Android, the device feels even more versatile.

Military Tablet Wars: Windows Gaining on Apple

The consumer tablet market tends to be an Apple versus Android battle, but in the government sector it is Apple against Microsoft, according to new report. 

Microsoft is seeking to challenge Apple’s iPad command of the nearly $100 million defense and government tablet market by customizing devices to meet specific needs. “Windows tablets have eaten into iPad’s market share by adapting to customer requirements,” says a study by the federal contracting data firm Govini.

Source: www.nationaldefensemagazine.org

Gov’t agencies seek to sequester savings with self-service

Could the sequester cuts lead to self-service gains in public sector deployments? 

Source: www.kioskmarketplace.com

Excerpt: “Governments across the country are feeling the impact of our fiscal crisis,” said Chris Gilder, CEO of Meridian Zero Degrees, a company that provides design, consulting and software for self-service solutions. “Demands for service remain while budgets are shrinking. Self-service solutions help bridge the gap between consumer expectations and economic reality.”

With the U.S. economy more than four years into a financial crisis, kiosk companies already have experienced an increase in government demand for self-service.

And while government need for kiosks may be increasing, such deployments are nothing new, said Terri McClelland, CEO of the San Antonio-based kiosk company DynaTouch. McClelland said her company has been working on government kiosk projects since the late 1980s, but added that “government agencies need self-service kiosks now more than ever.”

Interactive CPR Kiosk Debuts at O’Hare

On Feb. 24, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), along with the American Heart Association (AHA), unveiled an interactive, hands-on CPR training kiosk at O’Hare International Airport.
It’s located in Terminal 2, past security checkpoints, near…

Source: www.aviationpros.com

The kiosk, provided by the Anthem Foundation, has a specially-designed rubber torso that allows users to practice compressions. In fact, it feels just like it would if performed on a person.

Kiosk PC News – Dell Announces Industrial PC in Germany

Dell Embedded PC This week Dell announced the launch of its first Industrial PC (IPC) products at Embedded World, Nuremberg Germany. The products are fanless, solid-state design and highly reliable devices to use “headless” or with keyboard, mouse and monitor. Flexible and powerful, with extensive input/output (I/O) options, they run on Intel processors. Embedded Box PC 5000 is… Read More »

8 Signs of an Amateur Touchscreen Kiosk Application – The KioskSimple Blog

Have you ever been using a self-service kiosk and thought to yourself “that’s obviously not right?”  Anyone who uses kiosks on a regular basis has at some point interacted with a kiosk that was less than professional.  As a kiosk software company we’ve had the privilege of developing kiosk applications deployed across the US and I’ve compiled a list of signs …

Source: blog.kiosksimple.com

Eight big (and usual) “NOT THE BEST IDEA” implementations. Case studies in reverse can be useful. Avoid the usual errors *and assumptions.

Self Service Kiosk Market Growth Driven by Smart Cities to Hit 5% CAGR to 2020

According to Global Self-Service Kiosk Market 2016 – 2020 report, interactive touchscreen kiosks are a noteworthy feature of smart cities, which are growing in number across the globe and analysts forecast the self service kiosk market to grow at a CAGR of 5% during the period 2016 – 2020.

Source: www.marketwatch.com

These kiosks are used in smart cities for interactive advertisements, online shopping, and tourist information, among others. Kiosk vendors are taking notice of the opportunity they have in smart cities.


Tablet computers which are sleek and handy are fast replacing big self-service kiosk machines. In hotels and restaurants, tablets are being used to allow customers to check in, place orders, and provide feedback. Different industries are expected to adopt tablets in order to replace kiosks and save significantly on costs.


Application Segmentation and Analysis of the Self-service Kiosk Market – Entertainment, Financial services, Healthcare, Retail, Travel and Others (public spaces, educational institutions, governments, hotels, and restaurants)

The retail segment dominated the market during 2015, with a market share of 46%. Self-service kiosks are used in self-checkout systems, which are witnessing high adoption. This helps retailers reduce labor costs and consumers to save time. 

The Americas accounted for 62% of the market share during 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2% during the forecast period. The presence of large retailers in the US and increasing adoption of self-service kiosks by segments such as entertainment and financial services is driving the market in the region.


The key vendors analyzed in self-service kiosk market report are Diebold, IBM, KIOSK Information Systems, NCR, and Slabb. Other prominent vendors in the market include Meridian, Outerwall, Phoenix Kiosk, Photo Finale, Rosendahl Conceptkiosk, and TravelersBox.

Car Tag Renewal Kiosk in Whitfield

Link to full article It’s your birthday and you’re celebrating with family and friends with a trip to your favorite restaurant. In the midst of all the fun, suddenly you remember you never stopped by the courthouse to renew your car tags. And guess what, it’s now 7:30 p.m. and the courthouse is closed for the day. In… Read More »

Creditcall EMV Kiosk Virtual Terminal With KioskSimple

Feb 11, 2016 The Creditcall EMV Virtual Terminal is a convenient way to test your EMV implementation without requiring a physical EMV terminal. Fortunately, the Creditcall EMV Virtual Terminal is designed to emulate an EMV terminal.  This makes for a quick and affordable way to test EMV contact and contactless NFC payments in your application without purchasing EMV hardware. In… Read More »

HP Portfolio Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise Thin Clients

Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016 – HP Inc. today announced the world’s broadest  portfolio of shipping Windows 10® IoT Enterprise Thin Clients fordesktop, mobile and tablets(1) — the portfolio includes the HP t520, t620, t620 PLUS, t730, mt42, and both ElitePad 1000 G2 thin client tablets Designed for a broad range of cloud computing solutions across a variety of industries, including enterprise, manufacturing, healthcare and government, HP Thin Clients running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise deliver superb performance, extensive peripheral support, advanced security and easy management. “Forward-thinking customers have allowed HP to maintain its #1 worldwide market leadership position for Windows Embedded Thin Client shipments for the last seven years,” … Continue reading HP Portfolio Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise Thin Clients →

Source: thinclient.org

PC Security Advice & Resources

PC Security for Kiosks is a big deal for sure. Hacks into PCs bring to mind words like “Payload”.  We manage this website and just the security threats to your basic WordPress website is unprecedented. A few days ago a new “Attack Platform” showed up for WordPress. The first inclination is to shrug it off a bit and… Read More »

Walgreens deploys drug disposal kiosks

The drug disposal kiosks will allow for the safe disposal of medications, including opioids and other controlled substances, ensuring drugs are not misused.

Source: www.chicagotribune.com

The initiative, announced Tuesday, will allow for the safe disposal of unwanted and expired medications, including opioids and other controlled substances, ensuring the drugs are not misused. The installation of kiosks began in California and will expand to 39 states this year, including Illinois.

Most of the kiosk locations will be at 24-hour Walgreens stores, the Deerfield-based company said.

DVD Kiosk – Redbox Revenue Drops 17% in Q4, as DVD Rentals Plummet

Redbox, the kiosk-based DVD rental unit of Outerwall, reported a 17% decline in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015, as movie rentals dropped 24% year over year. Outerwall said Redbox’s revenue for the quarter was $407 million, down from $490.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Source: variety.com

The company operated 40,480 Redbox kiosks at the end of 2015, removing 1,800 units (a decline of 4.2%) over the course of the year. In 2016, Outerwall expects to remove 2,000 more Redbox vending machines.

Overall, Outerwall reported $527.2 million in consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015, a 12% decline, and net income of $17 million ($1.00 per share), down 61% from the year-earlier period. The results beat Wall Street estimates of $513 million in revenue and earnings per share of 63 cents; those were based on Outerwall’s lowered guidance for full-year 2015 earnings and EPS, which it issued in early December.

Privacy & Beacons Coexist on Internet terminal?

The streets of New York City are one step closer to super-fast public Wi-Fi. LinkNYC, a public-private partnership between the city and a consortium of technology companies, has debuted its first two payphone-turned-tech kiosks in Manhattan. These gleaming aluminum “Links,” as they are called, contain Wi-Fi beacons, mobile device chargers and informational tablets that include an app allowing free phone calls to anywhere in the country. The city plans to roll out 500 more of them by July and to have at least 4,550 spread across the five boroughs by 2020.

Source: www.governing.com

That arrangement is leading some to raise questions about privacy. Ad space on the Links is so valuable because of the user information (including IP addresses, GPS location and browsing data) that allows advertisers to deliver highly targeted content to passersby. The back end works similarly to ad-targeting algorithms users encounter while surfing the Web.

KioWare Kiosk Software Video Conferencing

Kiosk Software Video Conferencing Now available: Version 8.3 of the new KioWare for Windows kiosk software now offers support for on demand video conferencing via VidyoWorks™. Leveraging this integrated Vidyo® solution, kiosks and other customer facing self-service devices can be easily configured to create a secure solution for on demand interaction and video chat with a representative. Vidyo offers… Read More »

Kiosks vs Kiosks Usability

A very nice article on usability and design by Digital Wellbeing Labs. This is earlier review of earlier iterations of the “cool unit” that was just deployed at JFK. Posted by agrunsteidl on 12/12/08 • Categorized as interactions, retail environments, service design   Why do some kiosks appeal, whilst others are frankly just repulsive? I have this weird relationship… Read More »

Digital Wayfinding – Cool Project

Cool project. 2016 JFK Digital Wayfinding project by OpenEye Global and Ikoniq. Background Ikoniq has a relationship with Westfield and has done a few projects together starting with something called the Wall Shop in Newark Airport.  It is a retail store to help local businesses get access to the airport facility.  Giving back to the community, per se.… Read More »