There are numerous reasons for looking at the iPad as an alternative Micro kiosk?device to traditional pc powered kiosks and one of the primary reasons must be the benefit to the environment.
Greenpeace and others have mounted an environmental argument against the iPad and its various clones but this has less to do with the device itself and more to do with the increased reliance on, and use of, the energy hungry computing cloud centres to communicate with these mobile devices.
What is indisputable however is the green credentials of the iPad manufacture itself when one looks at it’s low embodied energy, material efficiency, minimal use of hazardous substances and recycling strategy. It is simply a leaner device when it comes down to manufacturing credentials compared to incumbent public interactive technologies.
That leaves us with the question of the efficient use of energy during the life of the product and in particular the comparison with current technologies using larger format LCDs, touchscreens and computers in kiosk enclosures. In basic energy terms the iPad in normal operation consumes around 4 watts per hour whilst the traditional kiosk rates at around 150 watts per hour. Over a year of operating 10 hours a day 7 days per week that can equate to an energy saving of 520,000 watts or 520kwh per kiosk which adds up significantly over a deployment of 100 kiosks.
It is hard to mount an argument against the micro kiosk on environmental grounds and add to that the numerous other deployment benefits, it is no wonder the excitement is building.
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