The History of Interactive Kiosk

Apart from the small structure having one or more sides open to sell snacks, souvenirs and all sort of stuff, KIOSK itself has an alternative meaning in the 21th century. People in the past would never imagine that a kiosk can sell you movie tickets, order your food, or even help you find the way at tourist spots. In fact, such kind of kiosks, or in a more accurate way, the interactive kiosks, have been being more common at any places near you.

Interactive kiosks usually have a very stylish appearance, either floor-mounted or wall-mounted. They are made to perform a wide range of functions, mostly for self-services, which aim to reduce human workload or even replace it. For example, kiosks may enable users to enter a public utility bill account number in order to perform an online transaction. Customised components such as bill acceptors, coin hoppers, card readers and thermal printers enable kiosks to meet your specialised needs.

Can you guess when the first interactive kiosk in the world was made? 1995? Nope. 1985? Neither. The answer is further in the past, 1977. When it debuted in the University of Illinois in 1977, more than 30,000 students, teachers and visitors stood in line to try their hand at it for the first time in life during its first 6 weeks. It had no internet connection, no stylish design, but a plasma touch screen only. Within the next few decades, many and many features had been added to the interactive kiosks to make them closer to what we can see in the nowadays.

Several countries, including US, Canada, UK and India, have already implemented nationwide installation of kiosks for various purposes. In UK, thousands of kiosks have been installed for job seekers to find their new jobs online. On the other hand, there are over 1,200,000 interactive kiosks existing in US and Canada alone.

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