Recently Sprocket completed an installation at a prestigious address; 101 Collins st Melbourne.Located at the ‘Top End’ of Collins Street this enormous classical building called for a full sized directory system. Julian Marocchini worked closely with the Building Managers to achieve what we believe is a beautifully integrated Directory system.The system is comprised of paired 46″ Directories at both the Collins Street entrance and the Finders Lane entrance. Each installation is driven by a single computer feeding two Samsung flat panel LCD’s. In addition to the directories themselves a second independent system displays visual information about the building.
Our special thanks go out to Brian Corbett of 101 Collins Street.
Santa has come early! The latest shipment of components for the all the Launchpad models arrived this week. Julian and Mark flexed their muscles yet again to off load all the goodies from santas red truck. Looks like we will be fully stocked for the xmas rush and the new year!
Sprocket is proud to support Healthpoint Technologies in their deployment of health related kiosks using the Launchpad’s desktop and freestanding iPad stands.Healthpoint is the leading provider of accurate interactive health information and preventative screening tools in Australia and the United Kingdom, for pharmacies and pet retailers with over 700 pharmacies Australia wide using this innovative system.Sprocket’s iPad stands and enclosures are increasingly the product of choice for high quality yet low cost deployment of public access interactive media.
The Launchpad iPad Handheld is the ideal way to securely house your iPad and yet allow it to be picked up and used for a wide variety of applications from restaurants and exhibitions to trade shows and museums. Secured by a stainless steel tether and cushioned from the odd accidental drop, the Launchpad handheld has demonstrated its effectiveness from Melbourne to Manilla!Available with either hide or show home button and featuring an optional power adaptor for fast and easy charging, the Launchpad Handheld iPad case is the enclosure of choice for iPads on the go.
The design team at Sprocket has outdone themselves and developed the most verstatile Launchpad iPad stand ever..the all new iPOS with Quick Change Graphics. This unique system allows retailers, exhibitors and event organisers to update their brand message in minutes, no more struggling with bonded on graphic panels. The system even features an inbuilt power adaptor connector and cable that keeps the power components away from harm.To date Sprocket has been selling these highly sought after devices to organisations including Foxtel, Qantas,AAPT and Coles amongst many others.The iPOS can be further be optioned with illuminated signage, brochure holders, speakers and headsets and is available for ordering now!A revolution maybe not but a helluva lot better than anything else!
Sprocket’s new iPOS iPad point of sale system was put into good use at this year’s CeBIT show in Sydney by AAPT in their dramatically designed booth. Three identical IPOS stands with iPad enclosures in portrait orientation on pivoting heads enabled visitors to explore and interact with AAPT’s network coverage Australia wide.Sprocket’s iPOS Launchpad system provided the ideal framework for dynamic corporate branding and message delivery which was enhanced by the addition of the optional A4 brochure dispensers. The result was a highly successful product launch by AAPT and indeed they topped the show by winning the CEbit Business Award for Service Distinction.
Ian Wong, that intrepid industrial designer of renown, continues his passionate determination to educate the wider public on the history of Australian design has created a fabulous historical haven of orange Aussie design. Move over Orange People this exhibition is a joyous celebration of product design that works so well I am going out to buy something orange.
Sprocket supplied a Launchpad to secure Ian’s iPad allowing visitors to the Gallery to browse his blog and peruse items not on display [and almost all the items are from Ian's extensive private collection of design classics].
The Orange exhibition is showing October 6th – 28th
Design Institute of Australia
Level 1 – 175 Collins Street, Melbourne
Retailers, exhibitors, galleries, museums now have another iPad enclosure option with the release by Sprocket of its all new totally clear Launchpad secure iPad kiosk.
Listening to its customers the Sprocket design team has worked hard to precision engineer this brand new innovation enabling the fabulous Apple iPad to be seen in all its form and beauty yet fully protected from unauthorised use or theft in a public environment.
Definitely for those who want to show off what they have got..safely and securely. Orders are now being taken for mid November delivery!
There is not enough room in cyberspace to detail the impact Steve Jobs has had on the way we communicate and the way we engage with the virtual world.
In my small case, it was the iPad that impacted with the force of a supernova on my thinking and my business and sad to say at first it was more a dismissive “this thing hasn’t got a defined user case” that entered my head on day one of its release. How wrong was I [and I am not alone] and how quick did this technology would revolutionise my business direction.
As a designer and manufacturer of interactive kiosk devices for the past 15 years I am on the constant lookout for any new technology that has the capability to redefine the interactive marketplace. 3D technology?..still doesn’t excite…flexible LCD panels?..good but limited use…bigger and bigger LCD panels?…there is a limit to one person’s viewing area. On and on,…new technology releases one after the other and each one less exciting and revolutionary than the previous.
So then the iPad came in my life and lights went on in my head [ok a few people helped turn them on but why spoil a good story]..”the traditional kiosk is dead” I thought or at the very least it was gravely endangered! Why not put the iPad to use as a kiosk? The large lumps of metal and plastic we carefully designed and crafted, winning Design Awards along the way now seemed foolish and clumsy by comparison to the iPad which we safely ensconced in our sleek Launchpad housing.
The iPad kiosk has helped reposition my company and dare I say it, reignited the design passion in me, something that Steve Jobs never lost and for that I alone I am eternally grateful.
As David Pogue said in his great article in the New York Times [see link below]” Steve Jobs, “imitated, never duplicated”
Sprocket and LaunchPad had a significant presence at the Australian International Motor Show. The LaunchPad iPad kiosk is ideally suited to exhibitions. Companies can feature their own content or run application to perform specific tasks. At this exhibition the iPad LaunchPad Kiosk assisted in helping 6 major car manufactures to deliver their marketing message on over 35 individual LaunchPads. Featured heavily on the Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki and Better Place Australia stands Launchpad integrated seamlessly into these companies overall stand designs.
On the Better Place Australia display sprocket was commissioned to develop software specifically for the event. This software collected valuable marketing information for the company.
Another milestone for the founder and CEO of Sprocket Technologies. He came in this morning to discover his office covered in streamers and balloons. Looking a little worse for wear after a night celebrating, none -the -less he managed a broad smile on arrival to the colourful chaos. Pictured here admiring his new T shirt and single malt scotch, the boss can look forward to a sensible healthy cake from Cheryl, and perhaps a toast at lunchtime. Many happy returns!
The LaunchPad ipad enclosure was used by several car exhibitors at the recent Melbourne motor show. In fact it was the most popular information kiosk at the event! Toyota, suzuki, Mazda, Nissan and Better Place had a variety of our launchPads configurations on show. Some LaunchPads were running websites or customs apps, and in the case of Better Place an application built by us for them especially for the event. Check out the video to see LaunchPad in action.
Ever wondered whether technology would work at a cemetery, well the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority recently commissioned Sprocket Kiosks to develop an interactive system at the Cheltenham Cemetery that makes light work of finding loved ones, memorial services and other relevant information.The kiosk , featuring a secure 17″ screen with secure keyboard and a 32″ informational screen above it also includes an A4 printer to enable visitors to print maps and memorial notices and timetables.
Sprocket’s challenge was to design and manufacture a robust yet elegent structure that would function in the extreme climate of Adelaide and provide a visible focus for visitors to the cemetery. The system has inbuilt temperature control and a proximity sensor that reduces energy consumption when no visitors are present.
The elegant software developed by ACA is a simple to use web based program mirroring the ACA website and it is hoped that the success of the Cheletenham kiosk will enable further devices to be installed in other ACA managed cemeteries.
Thanks to to the super human efforts of all the team at sprocket the clever and totally cool LaunchPad iPad Micro Kiosk enclosure is in full production. I’m sure not many people realize what an enormous financial and creative undertaking it is to bring a totally new product to the marketplace. From the initial idea, to the prototyping, the pre-production refinement and fabrication. All the breakthroughs and heartbreaks now are bearing fruit.
Keep watching this space as LaunchPad blasts off and conquers; space, the final frontier!