Internet kiosks sometimes resemble telephone booths, and are typically placed in settings such as hotel lobbies, long-term care facilities, medical waiting rooms, apartment complex offices, or airports for fast access to e-mail or web pages. Internet kiosks sometimes have a bill acceptor or a credit card swipe, and nearly always have a computer keyboard, a mouse or a fixed trackball which is more robustand a monitor. A common arrangement with pay-for-use kiosks has the owner of the Internet kiosk enter into a partnership with the owner of its location, paying either a flat rate for rental of the floor space or a percentage of the monthly revenue generated by the machine.
Telekiosk[ edit ] The tele kiosk can be considered the technical successor to the telephone bootha publicly accessible set of devices that are used for communication. These can include emailfaxSMSas well as standard telephone service. The Telekiosk is rarely seen anymore. Telekiosks gradually appeared around the United Kingdom in the first years of the 21st century.
Some are situated in shopping centres and transport terminals, with the intention of providing detailed local information. Others are in public places, including motorway service areas and airports. The International Telecommunications Union is promoting the use of the telekiosk in Africa and parts of Asia where local people do not have access to communications technology.
In part this work addresses the " digital divide " between rich and poor nations. There are, however, great practical benefits. The scheme in Bhutan aims to provide an E-Post system, whereby messages are relayed by telephone, then delivered by hand to rural areas, easing the problems of transporting letters across the countryside.
Health, agricultural and educational information is also available. Financial services kiosk[ edit ] The financial services kiosk can provide the ability for customers to perform transactions that may normally require a bank teller and may be more complex and longer to perform than desired at an ATM.
These are sometimes to referred to as "bank-in-a-box" and the first prime example would be the Vcom units deployed in in U. These units are generally referred to 'multi-function financial service kiosks' and the first iteration was back in late s with the VCOM product deployed in Southland 7-Eleven convenience stores.
Check-cashing, bill-payment and even dispensing cashcards.
New multi-function machines have been deployed in "c-store" markets supported by Speedway and others. Verizon and Sprint have similar units for their customers Photo kiosk[ edit ] An interactive kiosk which allows users to print pictures from their digital images.
The marquee example began with Kodak who had at one point had overunits up and running in the U. Two major classes of photo kiosks exist: Digital Order Stations -- This type of photo kiosk exists within retail locations and allows users to place orders for prints and photographic products.
Products typically get produced in-store by a digital minilab, or at another location to be shipped directly to the consumer, or back to the store to be picked up at a later time. Digital Order Stations may or may not support instant printing, and typically do not handle payments.
Instant Print Stations - This type of photo kiosk uses internal printers to instantly create photographic prints for a self serve paying customer. Often located in public locations hotels, schools, airportsInstant Print Stations handle payments.
Often such systems will only print 4x6 inch prints, although popular dye sublimation photo printers as of allow for 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 8x It's more a matter of resupply labor economics and chassis size.An interactive kiosk is a computer terminal featuring specialized hardware and software that provides access to information and applications for communication, commerce, entertainment, or education..
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