Acer Australia recently introduced its Touch and Go kiosks for computer rentals, according to a news release. The kiosks enable on-demand access to notebooks, netbooks and soon tablets via a secure touchscreen interface fully linked with the university's student information system.
To use the kiosks, students tap the touchscreen, choose a device, agree to terms, swipe their card and then remove their chosen device. The devices are controlled but untethered and can be used for anywhere from five minutes to five hours, the announcement said.
The scalable kiosk solution consists of six- or 12-bay host units and add-on companion stations which can house a further 12 or 18 devices. They can be placed virtually anywhere and each unit is just 600 or 750 mm wide.
Australian universities, including the University of Sydney, are considering installing the kiosks in locations such as libraries, multipurpose learning spaces, lounges, food halls and research facilities.
"Acer's Touch and Go kiosk solution potentially improves the student learning experience by providing flexible options. The student can choose — bring your own device, use our fixed computers in labs/libraries or just grab a laptop/tablet," said University of Sydney Director of Solutions and Engagement Services Geoffrey Brown. "The University of Sydney plans to harness the technology to create flexible learning spaces for our highly switched-on and mobile students and staff."
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