Griffin Technology Shows the new Kiosk Retail and AirStrap Retail at CES 2013

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Griffin Technology is offering a line of iPad kiosks for point-of-sale solutions. The Kiosk Retail which starts at $299 has a built-in magnetic card reader with TDES encryption and DUKPT key management for security. It works with either iPad 2 or iPad third-generation inside an impact resistant housing. It is built so the cables can be routed through the center of the steel armature for a clean look. Griffin Technology is partnering with both the ShopKeepPOS and POSiOS. The Kiosk Retail hardware is being integrated into both Shopkeeper and the POSiOS and the solution will be offered to merchants starting in February.

The Kiosk Retail works great in a store or restaurant through its integration with ShopKeeper or POSiOS, but what if you work on the road, Griffin Technology has an answer for that also with the AirStrap Retail. The AirStrap Retail case protects the iPad. The built-in strap makes holding the iPad with one hand easy and secure. This frees the other hand to manipulate the touchscreen or swipe cards. The Air Strap Retail for iPad comes with support for MagTek’s iDynamo credit card reader installed. Air Strapped Retail will be available in January 2013. If you want to view these are and other Griffin products and you are at CES 2013 they will be on display at LV CC in the North Hall at booth 5212.

PaySaber Point-of-Sale Terminal for iPhone

POS PaySaberAndy chats to Matt from PaySaber at CES‘s Showstoppers about their iPhone-based point-of-sale (POS) solutions.

The PaySaber is a portable handheld POS terminal sled that incorporates a barcode reader, card swipe and thermal printer into the unit. An iPhone or iPod Touch slots into the PaySaber to provide the screen and the wireless communication for the transaction.

The flexibility provided by the iPhone allows credit processing in the normal way, but gives additional benefits such as emailed receipts. From the moment the card is swiped, the whole transaction is encrypted and secure, so the credit card information is never transmitted in cleartext. As you’d expect from any POS system, PaySaber can be configured to interface with inventory systems to automatically deduct items from stock as a sale is completed.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.

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Little Printer: Cute Device, Not Very Green

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London company BERG announced a new product available in 2012. It’s called the Little Printer. This is a cube shaped device that sits on your table, and prints out lists, Facebook comments, stock quotes and a lot more. It would make a great receipt printer or bookmark maker for people that still have books, but is this little thermal printer ten years too late?

Little printer connects up to your wireless router. You configure Little Printer through a phone app – which they will have partner content from Arup, Foursquare, Google, the Guardian, and Nike. Once configured with the content you want, press the button on this device and it will print out said content.

“We love physical stuff” says Matt Webb, CEO of BERG. “Connecting products to the Web lets them become smarter and friendlier – they can sit on a shelf and do a job well, for the whole family or office – without all the attendant complexities of computers, like updates or having to tell them what to do. Little Printer is more like a family member or a colleague than a tool.”

Little Printer is the first in a line of small devices BERG plans to put out in the next few years.

The device is pretty interesting, but in this day and age, this is content we can get on smartphones and tablets. Even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can get a text message with similar content, eliminating the paper factor.

There could be advantages to this – Possibly if this connects up with a Point of Sales (POS) register system. Another advantage is if you are a book reader, this could be a bookmark for the day. Puzzles and games like Sudoku might be another reason to get this printer.