Elo — a business unit of Tyco Electronics — markets iTouch systems for public access kiosk applications including retail sales locations like auto show rooms; bookstores and specialty shops; museums and exhibitions; self-service transaction locations; and real-estate listings offices. The company also says that such systems are ideal for learning aids in special ed, preschool, early child development, campus information and library systems.
Elo says its iTouch solution is unique, because it preserves the iMac design and image quality. While other touchscreen technologies depend on bulky overlays, iTouch places the touchscreen directly on the surface of the iMac’s CRT itself. Elo TouchSystems kiosk market manager Scott Smith explained that the Indigo 400MHz iMac is the company’s standard all-in-one touchcomputer platform because of its feature set, including FireWire and AirPort support.
“Turning the CRT itself into a touchscreen eliminates the need for intrusive overlays and preserves 100 percent of the brightness, clarity, antireflection and color properties that have made the iMac such an overwhelmingly popular choice,” said Smith.
Elo is demonstrating the new iMacs at next week’s
KioskCom 2001, which is being held at the Renaissance Orlando Resort at Seaworld in Orlando, Fla. from April 22 – 25. Look for them in booths 225 and 227.