updated 05:55 pm EST, Tue January 10, 2012
Tablet has revolutionized kiosk industry
Following the introduction of Lilipad's kiosk display cases, two more companies have joined the fray of making commercial-quality stands and cases for the iPad and iPad 2 to be used as touchscreen kiosks. Kiosk Group are offering a collection that focus on complying with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, while Griffin has come out with its own line that offer different amounts of access to the front-panel controls.
The iPad and other tablets have sparked a revolution in the kiosk industry by offering much lower-cost method of supplying the main components of a touchscreen kiosk, the display and the CPU needed to run the programming. From use as simple window displays to full-use information kiosks, a securely-housed iPad can make anything from advertising to form-filling much more affordable for businesses to employ than ever before.
The new ADA regulations take effect on March 15th, 2012 and require changes in the maximum reach height and other alterations to existing kiosks. The changes were announced two years ago to give kiosk makers time to re-design. Kiosk Group has produced a line of ADA-compliant iPad kiosk solutions designed by consultant Jer Schweickart.
The line includes standalone kiosks, standard and low-rise countertop kiosks and a mountable wall kiosk, all of which have been calculated for the ideal screen angle for a wide range of heights from wheelchair-bound users up to six feet in height (the average American adult is 67.5 inches tall or 5'7.5").
The products can be used with either the original iPad or iPad 2 (buyers must specify when ordering so the unit will be custom-fit) and sell for various prices, with the standalone product starting at $689, the countertop at $489, the low-rise countertop model at $359 and the wall-mounted solution at $329. The company also manufactures kiosk designs for Macs and Windows PCs to use as well.
Well-known accessory maker Griffin Technology has also come out with its own ready-to-use, easy-assemble kiosk kits for either standalone or tabletop and wall-mounted solutions, using a white design that locks the iPad in an impact-resistant ABS housing and using a flexible joint to allow users to adjust the angle for better viewing. Each kit comes with three faceplates: one that shows only the iPad's screen, one that includes access to the home button and another that includes access to the iPad's home button and camera.
Wiring for power runs through the steel arm of the unit and features a base that can be bolted to floors, walls or tabletops with the included hardware. The design can be used with either the original or second iPad models, and will become available in March. The company is displaying the product at CES, and says the floor mount model will sell for $299 and the table/wall mount model will sell for $199.