Touch screen technology seems to be discovering a new destination everyday. At the rate this is moving, it won’t be long before there’s a touchscreen at every nook and cranny of metropolitan cities. What the world of inventions holds in store for us, we’ll see in time. Meanwhile, here’s a look at a few interesting locations for touch screens today.
As touch screens enter the dominion of fancy eateries, dining out has become another activity that is no longer devoid of electronic intervention. This does not only pertain to the gigantic touch screen smart TV that hangs on the central wall of the restaurant. This is about customers experiencing their meal through the aid of smart devices, rather than human beings.
Customers are able to use touch screens to place orders, leaving waiters to the task of delivering food from the kitchen to the table. Then, after the meal, customers can use the touch screen to pay for their food and services, by entering their card information. This act totally changes the culture of paying cash to waiters, waiting for change, and then leaving a tip.
On the restaurant front, touch screens are used to maintain and keep track of inventory data. With each new order, inventory items are used, and when information is streamlined with a touch screen device, the movement of each item can be tracked.
The same idea is applied to the preparation of the dish ordered. Customers are able to see minute to minute progress of the meal as it is prepared. This helps restaurant management to ensure efficiency. They can easily detect and fix bottlenecks and slackers in the process, to increase productivity.
Another way that touch screen technology takes interactive display to a whole new level is with the use of touch screen kiosks for app presentations. These life size screens create such an impact on the audience that the awe-factor itself is substantial for retaining customer interest.
Exhibitors are able to present apps, websites and other branded content to large crowds using large touch screens. The size of the screens allows for group demonstrations rather than for single users. The Giant iTab is an interesting item used for marketing apps to tech enthusiasts. This is a massive smartphone in appearance, and behaves like any touch screen kiosk.
Subways and Shopping Malls
Interactive map displays are sprouting in a growing number of subway stations and shopping malls. The screens are huge navigation tools that provide instant information on different routes and stops for subway riders. They also keep travelers updated on any disruptions predicted in train schedules.
In large shopping malls, interactive touch screens display maps of the building, assisting customers to browse through stores of their choice. Customers can select the stores they wish to visit and find out the location. Moreover, the touch screen helps them see the names of all stores available, according to the category of items sold. This practical addition to mall browsing has improved the experience of many to-the-point mall-goers, who like to visit specific stores, do their business and leave.
Interactive touch screens continue to pop up in so many locations that may initially seem off-beat, but in a matter of days become a norm for the technology. Such is the impact of technological innovation in today’s world. Rest assured, it won’t be long before a mall without a touchscreen map will be unheard of, and something newer and better will be there to turn heads.