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Kiosk History – the doomed weather kiosk in downtown Washington and Fake News  

Kiosk History – the doomed weather kiosk in downtown Washington and Fake Newsweather kiosk

The reliability of weather reports from a kiosk on Pennsylvania Avenue was a hot topic a century ago.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Washington’s weather kiosk was located on Pennsylvania Avenue, near E Street NW. It happened to be directly adjacent to The Washington Post building at the time.

Initially, the kiosk was quite popular with the public, and its reports were frequently cited by the media, particularly The Post. But after a couple of decades passed, Washingtonians began to complain that the kiosk was not reporting accurate temperature readings. The kiosk’s temperature was often 10 degrees warmer than the actual temperature, particularly on sunny afternoons.

The kiosk became a Great Depression-era “fake news” controversy in Washington.

Read the full article and thanks to Francie Mendelsohn of Summit Research for sending to us.




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ADA Kiosk Tech Brief – Gesture Technology

ADA Kiosk Tech Brief – Gesture TechnologyGesture Technology for Kiosk

Last week we went thru a demonstration of gesture technology for kiosk for use by handicapped users. People unable to move their arms.  People unable to speak.

People with ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinsons, Cerebral Palsy and even some cases of Arthritis.

Furthermore, some people may not be able to use voice either, or even if they could, there may be noise or privacy concerns preventing use of voice.

We had a YouTube video created for us which demonstrates 3 different ways in which a user can choose buttons on a kiosk screen in a totally hands-free and voice-free fashion via use of head motion and/or smiling.

  1. Head pointing and dwell clicking.
  2. Head pointing and smile clicking.
  3. Smiling only (with scanning)

Gesture Technology for Kiosk

Gesture Kiosk Software additional info:

For more information email Uday at Percept-D here.




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POS SDK Square – With New SDK, Square Wants to Open New Scenarios for POS | PCMag.com

POS SDK Square – With New SDK, Square Wants to Open New Scenarios for POSPOS SDK Square

By opening up the platform, the tech giant is empowering users to bring cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) to workflows it has never serviced before.

Source: www.pcmag.com

Before launching the SDK into the wild, Square worked with a number of select partners to build custom POS solutions by using Square’s technology. The aforementioned Shake Shack has recently been testing cashier-less stores, which it calls the “Shack of the Future,” in New York City. Working with the development agency Fuzz, the burger chain built a self-service kiosk that let customers order their food and pay all by themselves. Even though it used Square’s infrastructure of security and payment support, these experimental restaurants were able to drive down wait times with a solution that was effectively customized just for them.




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Cannabis Kiosk – greenbox Launches Fully Automated Marijuana Kiosk –

Cannabis Kiosk aka Marijuana Kiosk NewsCannabis Kiosk aka Marijuana Kiosk

greenbox Robotics Brings Automation to the Cannabis Industry with New State-of-the-Art Vending Marijuana Kiosk Starting August 15th, California Dispensary Owners Can Provide Customers With A Futuristic and Inviting Shopping Experience Saving Them Time… #cannabisautomation #cannabiskiosk #cannabisrobotics

Source: www.newcannabisventures.com

Standing at 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, each marijuana kiosk is designed to maximize retail space. The machines are equipped with a DIVI robotic arm that delivers fantastic range of motion, speed and precision to deliver just about any product that can fit through the shoot. The gull-wing door opens like the trunk of an SUV which makes for simple and easy restocking.

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Biometric Financial Kiosk – New FNB kiosk with fingerprint technology. Here’s how it works 

Biometric Financial Kiosk – New FNB kiosk with fingerprint technologyBiometric Financial Kiosk

The machine can do everything except give out cash.

Source: www.businessinsider.co.za

FNB has launched a new kiosk that allows you to open an account with only your thumbprints as verification.

The bank has formed a partnership with the department of home affairs, and uses government records to verify your identity.

“The machines are directly linked to Home Affairs and because they use fingerprint technology on their side, we are able to quickly verify who you are,” says Lee-Anne van Zyl, CEO of FNB Points of Presence.

The TouchPoint kiosk allows people to open an eWallet Extra account with their thumbprints. Existing FNB customers can also do all their general banking, except withdraw money.




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Bill Pay Kiosk for county business in Atoka 

Bill Pay Kiosk for county business in AtokaBill Pay Kiosk for county business in Atoka

Starting this morning South Tipton County residents will be able to conduct county business in Atoka.

Source: www.covingtonleader.com

Three months ago the Tipton County Legislature appropriated $12,800 for a kiosk in the lobby at Atoka City Hall and it will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting today at 10 a.m.

Residents will be able to renew vehicle registration and pay court fines and county property taxes 24 hours a day at the kiosk.




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HP announce a new retail Kiosk and POS solution based on Windows 10

HP  retail Kiosk and POS solution based on Windows 10HP Retail Kiosk

HP Inc. is offering a new portfolio of devices and services designed to enhance the in-store retail shopping experience. The HP Engage portfolio will also be available through its Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering. The HP Engage Go Convertible is a flexible solution with a docking design for seamless transitions between fixed and mobile operations. The HP Engage Go …

Source: mspoweruser.com

Interesting modular mounting system it looks like. Plus it has a side mounted printer inside core cylinder. I bet its spendy…




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Swyft, Inc. Acquires Utique, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2018 — Swyft, Inc. announced the strategic acquisition of Utique, Inc., a high-tech US automated retail technology company. The cash and equity transaction enables Swyft to deploy new technology into its platform and buil

Source: www.vendingmarketwatch.com

"Utique is a synergistic technology company that further adds functionality and efficiency into our automated retail product," said Lincoln Smith, Swyft’s VP Product & Marketing. "With the acquisition comes an exceptional user experience in high-end consumer retailing." 

 

Utique was awarded the "Best New Airport Retail Concept in North America" by ACI, the "Gold Innovation Award for Best Store Design" by NAMA, and was named to McKinsey & Company’s "Ones to Watch in Retail" report. 

 

The acquisition also strengthens Swyft’s growing portfolio of patented inventions by adding ten (10) granted US patents. Utique’s technology includes mechanical patents, a back-end management system patent and user experience and lighting patents. One patent builds on Swyft’s own filings for use of vending machines as distributed micro-warehouses for e-commerce delivery.




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New kiosks offer convenience for state park visitors – Journal Advocate

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North Sterling State Park has a new feature to make it easier for visitors to purchase a parks pass.
The park is one of eight state parks to receive a new self-service kiosk so far. These outdoor kiosks are also solar kiosks and provide ticketing and registration via 3G/4G modem.

Source: www.journal-advocate.com

“Not a lot of people have exactly seven dollars [for a daily park pass] in their pockets,” said CPW Statewide Business Operations Coordinator Kirk Teklits. “As far as customer service goes, being able to pay by credit card is definitely a desirable service option.

15 stations are currently installed at nine parks and more will be coming later this summer.

“This helps our state parks become more modernized,” Teklits said. “Most of the kiosks run on solar power, provide multiple sales channels to our customers, and help our staff with money collection and counting. It also helps our law enforcement officers quickly determine who has bought a pass and who hasn’t.”

Teklits said there have already been more than 800 daily passes and 55 annual passes sold through the kiosks since the first ones were installed June 13. The kiosks accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards.

Outdoor Kiosks Notes

We asked for some more background information on the outdoor kiosks and learned deployment began in June 2018 with 15 stations. And already the other parks have requested their own solar kiosks. Business at the kiosks has been very good so far and expanding to all the parks in Colorado is just a matter of time (and money).

Each kiosk costs around $6K is our estimate and looking at the kiosks it looks like Parkeon is the vendor.  They have a 3 year contract we are guessing.  The original RFP went out last quarter of 2017. That’s 8 months from spec to deployed.

Connectivity is managed thru a 3G/4G modem.

For more on Outdoor Kiosks see our reference page on Outdoor kiosks.

Craig is a  senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. He contributed to this article.






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Watch Amazon VR kiosk transform the future of shopping

Watch Amazon VR kiosk transform the future of shoppingAmazon VR kiosk

Amazon VR kiosk announced  in 10 shopping malls to promote its upcoming Prime Day shopping event. See the Amazon VR experience for yourself. Prepare to be impressed.

Source: venturebeat.com

Amazon VR Kiosk notes — We keep looking for VR kiosk interations for customers especially “trial balloons” and not surprising that Amazon has opted for some extra juice to spur Prime Day.  Imagine Prime Day taking on same significance as Thanksgiving or Christmas. With over 50% of ecommerce shopping and buying happening on Amazon, its up to the other retailers like Target and Walmart to react.

Excerpt: Rather than taking the obvious retail angle and depositing you in a computer-generated facsimile of a brick-and-mortar space, Amazon VR kiosk instead transports the shopper into a city filled with Prime Day products — beginning with the fun of a hot air balloon ride. Viewed through an Oculus Rift with full head tracking, the ride lets the shopper briefly see some of the brands and promotions Amazon is featuring before landing in a serene park.

See full article

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Craig is a  senior staff writer for Kiosk Industry Group Association. He has 25 years of experience in the industry. He contributed to this article.

 




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Water, Sewer Payment Kiosk Opens In Alpharetta | Alpharetta, GA Patch

Fulton Opens New Water, Sewer Payment Kiosk – Alpharetta-Milton, GA – Fulton County has rolled out the kiosk and a walk-in window for North Fulton residents at the Customer Service Center at 11575 Maxwell Road.

Source: patch.com

JACK – Utility Payment Kiosk gets installed at Fulton County for utility bill payment. Check or Credit Card (no cash)

 

ALPHARETTA, GA — Residents in North Fulton who need to make payments to their county water and sewer bills will now have a more convenient way to do so.

Fulton County recently opened a new water and sewer bill payment kiosk and walk-in window in Alpharetta. The window and kiosk is located in the same location of the Fulton County Customer Service Center at 11575 Maxwell Road.

Residents can pay by check or credit card at the kiosk




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Four Providers of Smart City Kiosks Named IDC Innovators | Business Wire

Four Providers of Smart City Kiosks Named IDC Innovatorssmart city kiosk

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International Data Corporation (IDC) today published an IDC Innovators report profiling four providers that are considered key emerging vendors in the Smart City kiosks market. The four companies named as IDC Innovators are CIVIQ Smartscapes, Smart City Media, SmartLINK, and Soofa.

Source: www.businesswire.com

Smart City kiosks are specifically designed units, most of which include (interactive) display panels for local information, Wi-Fi signaling, and emergency call services. Kiosks typically use advertising as a revenue model while providing the public with a variety of information and services. Smart City kiosks also use sensors and digital platforms to collect street-level data and engage local residents, businesses, and tourists throughout the city. IDC believes that Smart City kiosks are important civic engagement tools that enable cities to collect, analyze, and share information as well as offer services such as Wi-Fi and phone charging.

“As cities look for ways to provide ubiquitous public Wi-Fi, market local businesses, generate new revenue opportunities, and provide quick access to services and information for the public, Smart City kiosks are emerging as a one-stop shop for these services,” said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president of IDC’s Government Insights and Smart Cities practice. “The fact that they offer ad-based revenue opportunities makes them an attractive option to extend urban services to the hyper-local level.”

CIVIQ Smartscapes offers several smart kiosk solutions, each of which is designed to address urban needs ranging from improving city mobility and wayfinding to public Wi-Fi offerings, emergency alert systems, smart lighting, and environmental monitoring.

Smart City Media offers a platform for Internet and mobile applications, IoT sensors, and location-based media with the aim of engaging local residents, empowering small business owners, and helping tourists maximize their visits.

SmartLINK kiosks can provide events monitoring, security alerting, Wi-Fi, wayfinding, communications, environmental monitoring, and traffic study solutions that deliver usable data for the city along with several revenue generating options to fit the city’s needs.

Soofa uses a Web-based platform that allows locals to share information with each other and cities to communicate directly with residents about local events, emergencies, and other relevant information with no installation cost to the city.




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Do cashless restaurants discriminate against the poor? D.C. lawmakers think so.

Do cashless restaurants discriminate against the poor?Cashless Restaurants

Fast-casual places are ditching cash for safety and efficiency. Critics say this shuts out poor people, some immigrants and those who just prefer cash.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

The global cashless movement has reached Washington, where a growing number of fast-casual establishments and other spots are saying no to greenbacks in favor of plastic and mobile payments. Sweetgreen, the national salad chain founded by Georgetown University graduates, went cashless in most of its locations last year. Other cashless spots include a Menchie’s frozen-yogurt shop downtown, the posh Barcelona Wine Bar on 14th Street NW and the Bruery beer store at Union Market.

Soon, they may be breaking the law.

The decision to go cashless also has broader implications in the global battle between the credit-card and ATM industries.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Visa has been a major booster of the cashless movement. The credit card company in March awarded 50 businesses $10,000 each for rejecting cash payments and has released reports touting the benefits of a cashless society.

Comments: This will be a very interesting fight over the next decade.  Governments obviously want no cash, as an all electronic economy means every transaction everywhere is known to it.

The push back due to the unbanked was quite predictable.  However, when you see a country like India has gone cashless in many spots — well, if they can figure out how to do it, we should be able to figure out how to do it.  I believe even poor countries in Africa have large cashless segments now.

This really is not a battle of if, but rather when.




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Peerless-AV® Introduces LED Video Wall Configurator

Peerless-AV® Introduces LED Video Wall Configurator

A component of the SEAMLESS by Peerless-AV® program, the new online solution streamlines the design of LED Video Walls
 
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AURORA, Ill. – June 28, 2018 – Peerless-AV®, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of the highest quality audio and video solutions and accessories, is excited to announce its newest online solution for integrators, the LED Video Wall Configurator. With this solution, users are being given a tool that streamlines the design of LED video walls, where they can obtain specifications, quotes, and support with the simple click of a button.
 
From stadiums to control rooms, retail, corporate, and more, the LED Video Wall Configurator eases integration planning for any application. This complements the start to finish support provided by Peerless-AV’s LED video wall integration program, SEAMLESS by Peerless-AV. Through this program and the new configurator, customers benefit from a dedicated team of experts along with high-quality custom solutions and the tools to simplify the whole process.
 
The new LED Video Wall Configurator allows users to simply and easily design an LED video wall and request a quote for a mount. When users are unsure of the video wall size needed, they can input room dimensions and explore different scenarios until they find the solution that meets their needs. 
 
Then, they can continue through to request pricing, and all quotes will be stored for future reference. The configurator will also provide useful information such as mount weight, video wall power consumption, and video wall display resolution. 
 
“With the implementation of LED Video Walls steadily growing across multiple industries, we wanted to simplify the design process and offer a solution that fits the needs of integrators and audiences alike,” said Chad Gebhardt, Senior Product Manager, Peerless-AV. “As the only mount manufacturer to offer a video wall configurator, we are able to provide our customers with the tools needed for both planning and executing video walls, saving time and costs.”
 
To best meet users’ needs, Peerless-AV’s configurator offers a variety of displays to choose from, not limiting options based on brand. If the display users seek is not listed, they can manually enter their display specifications and begin designing a configuration. 
 
In addition to creating a configuration and requesting a quote, the user will be able to get a closer look at Peerless-AV’s offerings, increasing their education around the tools needed for the most superb installation. 
 
For more information about Peerless-AV’s LED Video Wall Configurator, please visit:  https://ledconfigurator.peerless-av.com
 

To learn more about Peerless-AV’s newly launched LED video wall integration program, SEAMLESS by Peerless-AV, please visit:  https://www.peerless-av.com/en-us/SEAMLESSLED

 
Connect with Peerless-AV via social media on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.
 
About Peerless-AV
Driving Technology Through Innovation
For over 75 years, passion and innovation continue to drive Peerless-AV forward. We proudly design and manufacture the highest quality products, ranging from outdoor displays to complete kiosk solutions, digital signage mounts to wireless systems. Whether a full-scale global deployment or custom project, Peerless-AV develops meaningful relationships and delivers world-class service. In partnership with Peerless-AV, you are trusting an award-winning team of experts who will support your business every step of the way. For more information, visit peerless-av.com



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Kiosk Manufacturer Association Quarterly Update

Kiosk Manufacturer Association Quarterly Update

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KMA focuses on QSR, Fast Casual self-order systems and EMV 2018 status. New association website kma.global for Accessibility & ADA

EASTLAKE, Colo. June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — KMA, also known as the Kiosk Manufacturer Association, is happy to present the quarterly update with news from the QSR world and the new association website launched (https://kma.global).

Seven features went up this month. The theme is QSRs, Fast Casual & EMV. The NRA show just completed and both McDonalds and Wendy’s CEO gave meaningful interviews post-show. That naturally created a lot of interest. In addition, newly launched is the association site for the Kiosk Manufacturer Association (KMA). This will serve as the repository for Accessibility and ADA regulatory recommendations and a collaboration point for the ADA Committee and ADA Working Group.

https://kioskindustry.org has the current features:

Next up is a look at cash and coin in multiple verticals including new QSR iterations. Limited space, limited markets and limited budgets and ultimately making it pay for itself. Time to transaction really is money. Privacy and GDPR are around the corner editorially.

There has been a lot of news these past few weeks. Especially the Wired article on how Square designed their own iPad solution. Concept drawings included in the story about the process. Serving customer and employee at the same time is a big challenge. The robotic kitchen restaurant in Boston video is a techno-marvel, so check it out. Blended whiskey, blended food and now strategically blended “fill in the blank” coming soon to a specific market demographic.

Accessibility & ADA – There is work coming up for the committee and working committee. The intent is to help harmonize the similar US and European specs (e.g. EN301). Establish guidelines for accessible voice interaction. Alexa and A.I. are already creeping into the equation. To facilitate collaboration and presentation https://kma.global is now the primary association-only site. The official title for the association is Kiosk Manufacturer Association or KMA. New data research from Frost & Sullivan and IHL will release from kma.global.

In other news – Kansas City began the smart city transformation processSan Diego issued an RFP for a complete remake of its transportation system and is looking to the 22nd century. Also for multiple countries. Broward County has a big Digital Signage and Self-Service project.  Those are noted on the Kiosk RFPs and News Watch pages on Kioskindustry.org.

Finally here is the wrap on current Editor Picks and thanks to supporters

Editor Picks

Thanks to KMA’s latest sponsors

Thanks to KMA’s Premium Members

IMPRESA Financing & Leasing – https://www.impresafinancial.com

Acquire Digital CMS Software – http://www.acquiredigital.com

Self Service Networks Gift Cards – https://www.self-servicenetworks.com

TTCE Card Dispensing Modules – http://www.szttce.com/en

SEKO MedTec Logistics – http://www.sekologistics.com/en/industries/technology

Thanks to KMA’s Gold Sponsors

Olea Kiosks, Inc. – https://www.olea.com

KioWare – https://m.kioware.com

iPadKiosks – https://www.ipadkiosks.com

Pyramid Computers – https://www.pyramid-computer.com/home.html

Thanks to KMA contributors for EMV

  • Nigel Seed with KioWare [Europe]
  • George Hudock with Datacap Systems
  • Leland Englebardt with Upshot Advisors
  • Frieder Hansen with Pyramid Computer
  • Allen Friedman – Ingenico
  • Bruce Rasmussen – Ingenico
  • Laura Miller – KioWare
  • Robert Chilcoat – UCP Systems
  • Geoff Leopold – Heartland Systems
  • Michael Lee – ATMIA Association
  • James Kruper – KioWare
  • John Menzel – Ingenico
  • Deana Rich – Rich Consulting
  • Troy Leach – CTO PCISecurityStandards.org
  • Wayne Vanderkraak – OPT Connect
  • Todd Ablowitz – Double Diamond Group

More About the Kiosk Association — Additional members include another 40 basic members + 335 companies in the free online database of companies and resources.

Additional websites managed include https://RetailSystems.org and https://ThinClient.org.

The kioskindustry.org site is hosted at Rackspace, the premier hosting solution.

Kiosk Industry was founded in 1995.

Contact for more information:

Craig Keefner
Manager – Kiosk Industry Group Association
720-324-1837  [email protected]

Located in Denver
LinkedIn Group –  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/59058

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Shake Shack Won’t Be Going Cashless After All

Half the customers didn’t know how to order on the iPad, a Google commenter wrote

Source: www.eater.com

Here is some insight on cash in restaurants. Shake Shack backed off of it but still is working towards cashless. The CEO reasons are: 

 

Safety: We’ve mitigated the very real security risks associated with having large quantities of cash on-site, so we can become a safer place for our team and our guests.

Efficiency: We’ve streamlined our operations, eliminating cash-counting, and facilitating easier shift transitions (team members can jump on the register without the time-consuming security steps involved in cash-tray change-outs.)

Speed: Without handling cash and making change, we can serve more guests in far less time, meaning you spend less time waiting in line to place your order and pay.

 

Here is LinkedIn article from Meyer the CEO

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-were-going-cashless-danny-meyer/




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Arapahoe County installs new dmv kiosk for license plate renewals

Arapahoe County installs new dmv kiosk for license plate renewalsArapahoe County Kiosk

Getting in and out of the DMV in a matter of minutes sounds impossible, but Arapahoe County just installed new self-service kiosks for people who just need to renew their license plates.

Source: www.9news.com

Nice DMV kiosk installed in Colorado. Looks like Frank Mayer unit

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Thin client vs fat client – security of meeting room booking systems

Thin client vs fat client – security of meeting room booking systems

By introducing a new gadget to your company, you’re potentially opening your cyber doors to unwanted guests. See how Joan is tackling this sensitive matter.

Source: www.visionect.com

By introducing any new gadget or application to your company, you’re potentially opening your cyber doors to unwanted guests. See how this meeting room booking system Joan is tackling this highly sensitive matter.




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How Square Made Its Own iPad Replacement

How Square Made Its iPad Replacement

Square has always made hardware, but its new Android-based tablet shows it’s serious about controlling the payments experience.

Source: www.wired.com

Good article on how Square has taken charge of its hardware and utilized design principles based on dual-user employee-customer interface model.

The 10″ iPad that swiveled had too many shortcomings. Now it is a purpose-built Android at 13″ and two screens.

The result of the whole process was not a single tablet, but a two-in-one device. The Square Register is comprised of a 13-inch, anodized aluminum tablet, which is stamped and machined. It has an HD touchscreen display and, while it’s attached to a stand, it was designed to look like it’s hovering in space. The second, seven-inch tablet can either be docked in the back of the big tablet, or sit elsewhere on the counter, attached by micro-USB. This small tablet’s display is Gorilla Glass, in case it gets dropped or knocked off the counter.

The register is running on two Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processors. And in a move that is indeed very Apple-y, Square has designed its own secure enclave, a co-processor for processing encrypted payment information. About a dozen employees at Square work on the silicon team.

Great article, the above is a short excerpt.

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Photos: Restaurant with robot kitchen opens in Boston

Robot Kitchen Opens in Boston

BOSTON — The world’s first restaurant with a robotic kitchen that cooks complex meals has opened. Spyce’s automated kitchen has seven cooking woks able to serve up to 200 meals an hour.The Boston eatery’s menu is based on a half-dozen bowls with flavors t

Source: kpic.com

200 meals an hour is max rate.  Is average restaurant 60 customers and 20 tables. Turnover is 30 minutes?  120 customers?

Robotic Kitchen




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Driving Technology Through Innovation: Peerless-AV’s InfoComm 2018 Showcase

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Driving Technology Through Innovation: Peerless-AV’s InfoComm 2018 Showcase

Outdoor KiosksAV solutions designer and manufacturer exhibits new Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Displays, SEAMLESS LED Solutions, Smart City and Outdoor Kiosks, Mounting Systems, and more at Booth C2947

LAS VEGAS – June 6, 2018 – 
Peerless-AV®, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of innovative audio and video solutions and accessories, is pleased to announce its showcase at InfoComm 2018, June 6-8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Peerless-AV’s Booth (C2947) will highlight its new high bright outdoor displays, LED Program, kiosks, carts, custom mounting solutions, and more.With over 75 years of audiovisual experience, Peerless-AV’s commitment to the creation of cutting-edge technology has elevated the company to the status of an innovative industry leader. Peerless-AV proudly designs and manufactures the highest quality products, which solve even the most complex design and technology integration challenges to create an ideal solution for any unique application.At InfoComm 2018, attendees visiting Peerless-AV’s booth will have the opportunity to meet with Peerless-AV industry experts to discuss their upcoming integration needs. Further, they will have the opportunity to see the following products on display:

Outdoor Displays

Peerless-AV’s newest addition to its line of performance displays, the Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Displays (XHB Models), offer 2500 nits of light output and full HD 1080p resolution for a bright, crisp picture and color accuracy at viewing angles up to 178°. Featuring a fully sealed IP68-rated design and an operating temperature range of -31°F to 140°F, there is no need to change filters or service the display, creating a maintenance-free solution for year-round digital signage use. Available in 43″, 49″, 55″, and 65″, the Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Displays include IK10-rated cover glass for the ultimate screen protection.InfoComm attendees will have the opportunity to witness numerous live demos in Peerless-AV’s booth, showcasing the unmatched capabilities of the new Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Displays.LED Video Wall Mounting Solutions

With a modular design developed to fit the specifications of any LED display, Peerless-AV’s LED mounting systems offer unlimited video wall configurations. The systems provide height and depth adjustments to overcome any installation irregularities, ensuring pixel alignment and a flat plane. In addition, a lightweight aluminum design and predetermined adaptor rail locations speed and ease installation while minimizing errors. Peerless-AV’s mounting systems also include tight tolerances and wall plate spacers, assuring all cabinets are properly positioned.The new systems are part of SEAMLESS by Peerless-AV, a one-of-a-kind all-inclusive or bespoke program for LED video wall integration. With SEAMLESS by Peerless-AV, integrators can expect start to finish support for all of Peerless-AV’s LED mounting solutions.

Projector Mounts

Peerless-AV’s Large Venue Projector Mount (PJR250) is designed to be installed and removed quickly, making it the ideal solution for the rental and staging market. It is built to safely support large ceiling structure venue projectors and provides tilt, roll, lateral, and swivel adjustments to obtain perfect image alignment. The mount is also equipped with dedicated adaptor plates to perfectly balance the projector’s center of gravity, making it more sturdy and safe, and preventing the likelihood of projector sag over time.

Kiosks

Part of Peerless-AV’s range of indoor and outdoor kiosks showcase is the All-in-One Kiosk Powered by BrightSign® (KIPICT555). This award-winning kiosk features a well-built, sleek design with an integrated 55″ commercial LCD display that offers six points of IR touch. The All-in-One Kiosk features full HD 1080p60 video decoding, HTML support, networked content playback, and more.

For outdoor use, Peerless-AV’s showcase will also feature the new Smart City Kiosk. An all-weather rated solution, this kiosk includes an Xtreme™ High Bright Outdoor Display with full HD1080p resolution, easy display access, and a seamless installation. With the ability to withstand up to 150 mph winds, the Smart City Kiosk is ideal for any outdoor setting.

Carts

Making its debut at InfoComm 2018, the ADA-compliant Motorized Collaboration Cart (SR598ML3) integrates the use of actuators, making it easy for users to raise and lower touch-enabled displays up to 25.6″ with the touch of a button. It is also UL962 listed and features a safety limit function, which automatically reverses direction when a collision is detected in an upward, downward or lateral force.

The Motorized Collaboration Cart touts a six outlet, 2160 joule-rated surge suppressor and a 15-foot pre-installed cord in the rear of the cart, as well as a large enclosure with plenty of space for small PCs, additional cables, and keyboards, and an opening for an external Wi-Fi antenna. Its base includes bumpers to prevent damage, though it is designed to fit easily through doorways. Further, the cart features 4″ casters for rigidity and stability, as well as a pre-assembled design with no wiring required – providing the fastest cart assembly on the market.

To see Peerless-AV’s full showcase of outdoor displays, kiosks, mounts, carts, and more, visit InfoComm Booth #C2947.

About Peerless-AV

Driving Technology Through Innovation

For over 75 years, passion and innovation continue to drive Peerless-AV forward. We proudly design and manufacture the highest quality products, ranging from outdoor displays to complete kiosk solutions, digital signage mounts to wireless systems. Whether a full-scale global deployment or custom project, Peerless-AV develops meaningful relationships and delivers world-class service. In partnership with Peerless-AV, you are trusting an award-winning team of experts who will support your business every step of the way. For more information, visit peerless-av.com.

Further, today Peerless-AV announced two additional items. Here are all three Press Releases from Peerless-AV :




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Wendy’s CEO Talks About Kiosks, Drive-Thrus & Future of Fast Food – The Street

Wendy’s CEO Talks About Future of Fast Food – Kiosks and Drive-Thrus – The Street

TheStreet talks exclusively with Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor about how he is trying to reinvent the food ordering process. Click here for full interview. Below are some of the points covered.

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Some points covered and made by Penegor:

  • How many installed?  200 in 340 store owned restaurants, none in franchisees.
  • Higher average checks
  • Better customer satisfaction
  • More orders to the kitchen
  • Think about Handheld kiosks (mobile phones)
  • You can take orders faster but can you get customers out quicker? Some foods require more time and it may not fit that model.
  • 2/3 of current orders go thru the drive thru
  • 1/3 of current orders go thru store. Where does the business case warrant technology?
  • Time to think beyond the inside of the restaurant
  • What is the future drive thru experience and how does technology play into that
  • Dunkin Donuts has a Fast Pass lane for mobile orders (2nd make line). Running orders out to the car is problematic and brings in safety issues.

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McDonald’s CEO: We are evolving the business in a meaningful way

McDonald’s CEO: We are evolving the business in a meaningful way

9:00 AM ET Mon, 4 June 2018

In a wide-ranging interview, Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s CEO talks about the company’s new headquarters, adapting new technology, including new ways to order food, adding an international menu, and why tariffs are unlikely to impact the company’s bottom..

McDonald’s CEO: We are evolving the business in a meaningful way from CNBC.

Customers often buy more when ordering on a screen than when standing in front a worker at the counter because they tend to linger longer, the company found.

“What we are finding is when people dwell more, they tend to select more,” McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook told CNBC Monday. “So there is a little bit of an average check boost that comes with it.”

McDonald’s will add kiosks to 1,000 stores every quarter — roughly 10 stores per day — over the next two years, Easterbrook told the network. And the U.S. is late to the game: Kiosks are already fully installed at stores in English-speaking markets such as the United Kingdom and Canada. France was the first country to introduce the self-serve machines.

But it’s possible McDonald’s will run into consumer resistance. A poll conducted by MSN found that 78% of customers are less likely to go into a restaurant that has a self-service kiosk. Even if it has the kiosks, most McDonald’s restaurants still lets customers order at the counter.

CEO Easterbrook and other representatives of McDonald’s say kiosks aren’t a substitute for human workers, but rather a new way to bring the benefits of technology to the fast-food industry.

Easterbrook hopes to have self-serve kiosks in all U.S. locations by 2020.

The kiosk in your hand will work, too: The ability to order from your own smartphone will come to more stores, CNBC reported. Delivery options are under consideration as well.

Craig is a longtime writer of technical stories and documentation for many companies. He has 25 years of experience in the industry
Craig is a longtime writer of technical stories and documentation for many companies. He has 25 years of experience in the industry



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