Tactile & QSR Cool Videos Update
Couple of nice videos this week.
Dot Pad, The First Real-time Tactile Graphics Display
The Dot Pad is a tactile graphics display designed for the visually impaired. It features a patented actuator technology based on electromagnetism that uses 2,400 movable pins arranged in a specific manner to create texts and images 12. Thanks to Texas Instruments. The device is integrated with iOS/iPad OS 15.2 and higher and has an AI-based processor that renders the most meaningful tactile output. The Dot Pad also has six freely assignable buttons that allow users to take control of the content. The device is sized at 273 x 228 x 16 mm and weighs 1200 g, making it portable. The Dot Pad unlocks a whole new world of content for the visually impaired, including maps, graphs, photos, and equations. Estimated cost is $7000 and already deployed widely.
Square Integrating with Restaurant Kiosks
James Youn and I had the incredible opportunity to participate in Square Dev Chats! We delved into the tech stack used to build Gamsa.IO and shared our startup journey’s challenges and rewards. My favorite part was discussing how we engage with our customers — to give them a product they find both intuitive and valuable. Thanks Square and Richard Moot for hosting us!
- James and G1 are the co-founders of Kamsa, a kiosk app designed for Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs).
- Kamsa integrates with Square and provides a kiosk solution for busy restaurant locations.
- The kiosk app is built using Windows and Electron, with React for the UI.
- They prioritize feature development based on customer demand, focusing on requests such as text message notifications and tax exemptions.
- The team aims to expand their product to food halls, stadiums, and other markets beyond QSRs.
- They plan to stay in the QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) space for now.
- ️ Expanding into stadiums requires significant effort.
- Exploring retail would involve considerations like barcode scanning.
- ️ Considering larger venues like amphitheaters within the QSR realm.
- Comparing stadiums to food courts, emphasizing the need for efficient ordering.
- Discussing menu abstraction and its importance.
- Reflecting on integrating with Square as a positive decision.
- Appreciating Square’s personable approach compared to other payment processors.
- Discussing regrets about not integrating with Square earlier.
- ️ Challenges faced with printing on Linux and the benefits of Square’s hardware integration.
- Choosing the Terminal API due to its suitability for kiosks and user-friendliness.
- Appreciating the seamless integration of the Terminal API with their setup.
- Interviewer expressing gratitude for the conversation and looking forward to future developments.