There’s a reason why every office building, mall, and hotel welcomes you with a permanent map. People want relevant, easily digestible, and accurate information, and there’s no better way to introduce them to your area than by giving them precisely that.
For organizations wishing to transform static displays into interactive information kiosks, tablet PCs are great building blocks. Tablet-based kiosks can accomplish far more than a static display. Tablets make it simple and easy to create an informative, user-friendly experience, which has become increasingly important today.
Tablets are cheap to buy and even cheaper to keep running. There’s no need to hire a print shop or a sign painter to modify content, and there’s no need to hire a maintenance crew to monitor and organize displays. Every kiosk within the Wi-Fi range gets updated with a few clicks using an online cloud-based approach.
The following are the four steps to create a tablet-based kiosk.
Define the objectives
Since an information kiosk usually has a single application and a single interface, your definition doesn’t have to be complicated, because elaborate kiosks aren’t particularly successful. It’s easier if we already have one application selected, but it’s not always necessary. Building a web-based application for a kiosk is not a significant endeavor because contemporary tablets are based on modern browsers.
In some circumstances, a multi-app kiosk can be set up, allowing managers or users to cycle between two or more particular functions with locked-down settings, such as a company app and a web browser that can only access the corporate website. As we add more apps and settings to your kiosk, bear in mind that the more we have, the more complicated the configuration will become. Samsung Knox Configure officially added support for multi-app kiosk settings in June 2021, which helps simplify the process of setting up and maintaining this type of setup for business.
Diagonal screen size of roughly 10 inches is extremely common, and tablets of that size can be acquired for $250-$500. Smaller screen sizes, such as the 8-inch tablet, are also available. Larger screens are also available, in both tablets and standalone touchscreens, but they are more expensive.
We need to consider whether we want to employ any extra hardware features, such as cameras or external printers, and how they will work with the kiosk. A kiosk that resembles a typical lectern, for example, will not provide a particularly appealing camera viewpoint; instead, we will want something that confronts the user directly.
Avoid using a keyboard, whether actual or virtual, for anything more than two or three words because it can be tedious and time-consuming. Touchscreens with simple tap motions should suffice to get around. This also streamlines the kiosk’s construction and places information in the foreground with minimum distractions.
It’s critical to have a big vision of how the kiosk will integrate with other applications, whether they’re already in place or in the works. This is the time to check whether the kiosk is a logical complement to a mobile application or requires similar branding and user experience. If snapping a picture of a QR barcode presented on the kiosk helps extend or improve the experience, integration between user mobile devices and the kiosk application can be simple.
Using “persona-based” scenarios is an excellent approach to hand off the project at this point. These aid in communicating the vision to the technical team in charge of implementation. Personas are a quick and easy approach to showing many use cases, and they enable everyone involved in the project to communicate effectively.
Designing with a life cycle view
Samsung’s Configure tool features “ProKiosk mode,” which contains everything from screen timeouts to audio levels to network specifications to the auto-launch of specified applications, and everything in between – some of which aren’t even available in the normal operating system GUI. As the project progresses from development to operation, it allows ongoing upgrading, such as changing profile settings or updating software.
Kiosk mode is a setup in which an Android device is dedicated to a single purpose. It provides two options for configuring Kiosk mode on Android devices. This mode restricts the app to a small number of apps or a single app. Furthermore, the user can block some features such as changing settings, expanding the status bar, and using particular hardware keys, among others.