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BLOG: A camera in a pen and a kiosk in an iPad

Mark Gibbs | July 20, 2012
We start this week with stealthy, James Bondish stuff.

The Kiosk App presents Web pages only, so applications can't be used for the user interface and the system is configured from the iPad Settings App. You can name the Kiosk and configure which URL is to be the Home Page. You also specify which domains the kiosk is allowed to access and it is vital to have the Home Page domain listed in the Allowed Domains list otherwise you'll get a blank page (the domain of the Home Page should be automatically added to the Allowed Domains list).

Other configuration options include whether any or all of the address, status and navigation bars are displayed, whether the optional custom navigation bar is shown at the bottom of the screen, the inactivity timeout after which the kiosk session is abandoned, the SMTP mail settings used, and whether email notifications will be sent if the iPad is unplugged, the battery gets low or it's subjected to excessive force (this is detected by the iPad's accelerometers).

This is a fantastic product that makes building a kiosk service extremely simple and affordable. Combine this platform with the slick things that can be done with JavaScript and HTML5 and you have a really powerful, low-cost solution.

The Kiosk housing is priced at $199 for the desktop version and $299 for the floor version, while the Kiosk App is a measly $2.99. The Griffin Kiosk is a great idea and gets a Gearhead rating of 5 out of 5.



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