AOPEN and Intel Corp. have unveiled a new touch computing device custom-built to benefit the retail market. The AOPEN eTILE is a powerful, ultrathin, multipurpose and multitouch PC tile, based on Intel Core processor technology and built to perform in the most demanding commercial environments, the companies said.
The dust-resistant and waterproof 15.6-inch and 19-inch eTILEs are designed to be highly robust with built-in cable management so that no ports are visible to the customer, making the device secure and tamper-proof, the companies said.
It took more than 12 months of intensive R&D to develop the AOPEN eTILE, and a key component of the product's development happened in Australia. The Retail Evolution Lab in Melbourne, a pioneering environment built to test and prove new consumer experiences, played a key role in the creation of the eTILE.
Matthew Jones, group manager for industry development at Intel Australia and New Zealand, and also chair of the AIIA's Retail Special Interest Group, said in the announcement that Intel is thrilled to be involved in the eTILE's creation.
"AOPEN worked closely with Intel in conducting end-customer user groups in order to find out how customer experiences could be enhanced at retail outlets," he said. "AOPEN's devices will see consumers embracing new in-store digital experiences while also providing rich analytics of these interactions back to the retailers, brands and digital agencies."
The AOPEN eTILE has been designed to power both in-store point-of-sale and kiosk solutions concurrently, and run a full-sized video wall while being used independently. It also features a powered USB, allowing peripherals such as scanners and credit card readers to be run without additional plugs and cables.
When used as a POS, the eTILE can also be provided with a secondary ultraslim touch screen for customer use. The eTILE has 3G, 4G and WiFi options, and will be offered in Windows 8 or Android 4.04, the companies said.
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