Kiosk Enclosures

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Originally, kiosk enclosures were rudimentary wooden boxes. The very first self service kiosks were introduced in 1982. They consisted of a computer, protected within a wooden box, and were known as public access videodex terminals. Years later, they were called interactive video merchandising centers.

Changes to Kiosk Enclosures

Kiosk information systems have changed greatly in the years since they were known as videodex terminals. Kiosk enclosures, for instance, have changed tremendously. First of all, these enclosures are no longer made of wood! They are now made of anti-vandal and anti-theft materials. The switch occurred in the mid-1990s, when kiosks were beginning to flourish due to the creation of the World Wide Web,

One of the most significant changes to kiosk enclosures is their design. Kiosks are now designed to be recognized from afar. A potential customer should be able to spot a kiosk from 20 feet away, and know it for what it is: a resource for information, self-service, and transaction.

Kiosks now come in a very wide range of styles. The Specter kiosk, for instance, is a sleek, steel kiosk with a slim, attractive look. Other kiosks are much bulkier, and are used to advertise products, movies, refreshments and the like. Many kiosks can be purchased in their individual component parts, allowing for a sort of build-your-own kiosk.


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