Monthly Archives: September 2017

Elo Introduces the Future of Self-Service With New Wallaby Stands

Elo Introduces the Future of Self-Service MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Elo, a leading global supplier of touchscreen solutions, today introduced the new Wallaby self-service countertop and floor stands for an elegant and simple interactive touchscreen experience in high-traffic environments. The Wallaby self-service stands deliver an out-of-the-box customer-facing solution that combine a Windows- or Android-powered Elo all-in-one (AiO)… Read More »

Nanonation promotes two

Lincoln, NE September 1, 2017: Nanonation, a leading provider of public space interactive and digital signage solutions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Shullaw to Vice President of Technology and Zachary Rustad to Director of Business Development. Dan Shullaw has been with the company for six years as Nanonation’s Enterprise Software Architect. As Vice President of Technology… Read More »

Commentary: How Congress is hacking away at disability rights

By Samuel R. Bagenstos On September 7, on a straight party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee moved forward a bill

Source: www.reuters.com

On September 7, on a straight party-line vote, the Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee moved forward a bill that would gut key protections for people with disabilities. Although versions of this legislation had been introduced in prior years, the bill did not go anywhere while President Barack Obama stood ready to veto it. But now that President Donald Trump, whose actions have demonstrated hostility to civil rights, occupies the White House, the proposal presents a real risk of passage. If Republicans in Congress do eviscerate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it will be the culmination of their recent abandonment of the bipartisan consensus in favor of inclusion and equality for disabled persons.

 

The current bill, misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017,” would render largely unenforceable key ADA requirements that businesses be accessible to disabled consumers – requirements that they provide ramps instead of stairs where possible, that doorways be wide enough for wheelchairs and so forth.

 

Sponsors of the “ADA Education and Reform Act,” such as Texas Republican Ted Poe, say that the bill is necessary to stop unscrupulous lawyers from bringing frivolous or abusive ADA cases against small businesses. But state bars, and individual judges, already have ample authority to sanction attorneys who engage in such unprofessional conduct. And the ADA itself protects the interests of business owners by providing that an existing facility need not remove accessibility barriers unless doing so is easy to accomplish without significant expense.

 

Rather than protecting legitimate business interests, the bill pending in Congress would give a reprieve to enterprises that have had 27 years to comply with the law but have not yet done so. That is a betrayal of the basic promise of the ADA – that people with disabilities would be treated as equal citizens, with full access to America’s civic and economic life. 

 

 

Redbox Alexa Available: Just Ask Alexa What’s New

CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Now Available: Just Ask Alexa What’s New at Redbox.

Source: www.prnewswire.com

Redbox, America’s leading destination for low-cost new-release movie and video game rentals, today announced the latest enhancement to the company’s customer experience: the launch of the Redbox® skill for Amazon Alexa. Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, and the new skill for Alexa-enabled devices makes discovering what’s new at Redbox easy and fun.  

Redbox fans can ask Alexa which new-release movies and games are available at their local kiosks, or ask about specific titles, including its plot, rating, or who stars in a movie.

Mental health screening kiosk opens in Pamlico County

[anvplayer video=”WNCT:1469645″] PAMLICO COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT)–A first-of-its-kind mental health-screening tool for Pamlico County was unveiled today during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The screening kiosk comes as part of the Access Point Screening Program from Trillium Health Resources. “It’s not meant to be treatment or replace treatment,” Debbie Green, director of Pamlico County’s Human Services Center, said.

Source: wnct.com

Voice-Activated Devices Gain Popularity | PYMNTS.com

Voice-activated virtual assistants, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, are gaining widespread popularity for their advanced features and rewards.

Source: www.pymnts.com

The firm said Points Pal merges next-generation technologies and removes barriers across consumer devices, thus allowing users to start a voice-interactive event on one device, such as a virtual assistant, and then complete the action (whether it was search- or transaction-related) on either the same device or another, such as a mobile phone or tablet. While currently focused on redeeming points for tangible items ranging from books to computers to gift cards, travel rewards and other experiential events will also be offered at some point in the future.

ADA Kiosk – Closed Functionality (402) Final Rule

The final rule as published in the Federal Register, to the section for “closed functionality” (402) which is the core requirements for a kiosk.   The section for Operable Parts (407) would also be quite important. Table of Contents Chapter 3: Functional Performance Criteria 301 General 302 Functional Performance Criteria Chapter 4: Hardware 401 General 402 Closed Functionality 403 Biometrics 404… Read More »

ADA Kiosk – High Level Overview of Rule Making U.S. Access Board

Sept 13, 2017 — The U.S. Access Board recently updated the 508 requirements for accessible ICT (information and communication technology) in the Federal space.  This is their “press release”. About the Update of the Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines for Information and Communication Technology On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board published afinal rule updating accessibility requirements… Read More »

ADA News – EZ Access® trademark Licensed by Assistra Technologies

ADA News – EZ Access® trademark Licensed by Assistra Technologies MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has executed an exclusive license agreement with Assistra Technologies, LLC, covering a portfolio of patents and trademarks relating to disability access systems for self-service kiosks, touch screen systems, and similar devices.  The patents included in the license cover a variety of aspects… Read More »

Kiosks and Modular Construction – Article

From the Aug/Sep issue of Kiosk Solutions magazine By Frank Olea with Olea Kiosks Modular kiosks By Olea Kiosks Inc – www.olea.com One question many potential kiosk deployers ask is whether they should invest in a custom unit uniquely designed and manufactured for them, or start with a modular kiosk? A modular kiosk is a standard, module-based product out of the manufacturer’s catalogue that can be tweaked based on… Read More »

Turnkey or Bespoke by Laura Miller

From the Aug/Sep issue of Kiosk Solutions magazine By Laura Miller with KioWare Custom Kiosk or Standard Kiosk If you’re attending this year’s Kiosk Summit you’ll most likely spend some time walking through the exhibition space, attending seminars and reading industry publications such as this one – all while seeking the perfect kiosk solution for your  pending kiosk project. The solutions available can range… Read More »