Recommended hardware for interactive displays (kiosks)

One way to improve employee experience is with transparency and visibility. Large-format touch screen displays showing interactive office maps in your lobby, kitchen, and elevator bay, for example, accomplish just that. 

For the best-case scenario when employees interact with a large format touch screen display in your office, we recommend looking for these qualities to make for a quick, easy and accurate experience.

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Large touch screen display features to look for

For the best-case scenario when employees interact with a large format touch screen display in your office, we recommend looking for these qualities to make for a quick, easy and accurate experience.

Multi-touch vs single-touch

if you’re looking to use software that has zoom capabilities (like Robin interactive maps), you want to look for multi-touch displays. These could also be good for large-format displays where multiple people may be trying to click around, or if the software has any added multi-touch functionality (similar to Apple’s trackpad two-finger scroll or page flip motions).

5-wire resistive or infrared touch screens

Between the two, they cover the best circumstances for touch screen technology from transmissivity, type of object able to be used (stylus vs. finger), and more.There are technically five different types of touch screen technology, which you can read more about here.

Recommended hardware

The following list includes some of our favorites, but this is by no means an exhaustive list.

Small kiosk option

Pros: Familiar operating system for many folks (iOS)
Cons: 
Size options are limited (11”, 12.9”)

Medium kiosk option

Large kiosk options

Pros: LG’s brand reputation, infrared, embedded whiteboard app
Cons: 
Display only, have to connect content management via separate module or laptop, 10 point touch (others have more).

Pros: Infrared, 20 point multi-touch, cost-effective
Cons: We haven’t found examples of cons yet, but we’ll keep you posted

Pros: Many size options, infrared display, multitouch
Cons: 
Display only. Need to purchase an Elo computer module separately, or plug it into a PC or content management system. Prices are on the higher side, but top quality. 

 

What if I already have a ton of traditional TVs for our office?

You’re in luck. A fair amount of the larger format touch screen technology we’ve seen works with a standard TV. Seems like the industry recognizes it’s worth reusing a standard TV and simply making it touch-enabled with an overlay “frame” of sorts. Here are a ton of size options for infrared, multi-touch overlays from OPTIR via Tyco Touch.

Where should these touch screens live?

An ideal office scenario would be to have a large-format touch screen monitor in your lobby and on each floor in the elevator bay or kitchen areas. These are often the highest-trafficked collision points in an office and therefore the places where employees would greatly benefit from seeing an interactive map and schedule of the workplace.

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