An interactive kiosk can mix together the functionalities of a smartphone and the efficency of the most futuristic types of communication. This kind of product can be used in various ways and can be placed in a huge number of scenarios.

This simple guide will help you choosing the best product for your needs, as it gives a clear explanation of the most common differences among this type of device.

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First of alla we need to know where the product will be placed and used in order to decide if we need an indoor or an outdoor device.

Outdoor kiosks are provided with a cooling and heating system which makes them resistent to the most critic temperature; indoor kiosk can be used only a few degrees below zero, while this kind of products works also at a temperature of 20 degrees below zero. Another chatacteristc of outdoor kiosk is theĀ International Protection Marking, which classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion (body parts such as hands and fingers), dustĀ and water. For example, an IP65 outdoor kiosk is fully protected against dust and protected against water jets.

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Now that we know where our kiosk will be placed, we should think abot how we will use it.

Let’s start from display size. The most common are 32 and 42 inches, but everything depends on who will use the product. According to it, we need to know the purpose of the kiosk. Some products can be used as advertising player to reproduce contents in loop, others comes with a touch screen technology. If we need an interactive kiosk, we must focus on touch screen types. The most performing type of touch screen technology is multi touch capacitive touch screen, which is fast, accurate and able to recognize up to 10 pressure points.

Finally we need to decide how we will update our contents, if we want to use an USB flash drive, a remote Wi-Fi – LAN connection or a 3G connection.

Following this guideline we will be able to choose the best products for our needs among the huge variety of kiosk.