Good quality and cheap elevator touch-screens?
June 20, 2014 6:53 PM   Subscribe

I want to purchase a few elevator advertising touch screens. You know, those interactive touch-screens that display all kinds of adverts and slideshows. Problem is, I don't know where to get them.

I need to buy a few good-quality touch screens at retail (if possible, cheap) price. Any good resources on sellers that can ship worldwide? Plus, in case I want to get a good number of them, I would want to cut out the middle men. Does this mean I have to go to China? I wouldn't know where to start because I've never been there before and I'm afraid I'll get ripped off without the proper footing.
posted by omar.a to Technology (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
They're definitely not the cheapest, but I have 3 iPads I use in our trade show booth. I start with PowerPoint source presentations on my Win7 laptop, email them to the iPads, tweak them in Apple Keynote, and run them manually or automatically in Keynote.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:12 PM on June 20, 2014

Just to clarify, I'm looking for the type of touch screens that come specific for elevators and limited slideshows and advertising, not full-fledged tablets.
posted by omar.a at 8:31 PM on June 20, 2014

Unless there's really some subcategory of elevator-specific touchscreens I think the general description of the thing you're looking for is a "kiosk" touchscreen or computer. ("Digital signage" is another buzzword that might help in your search.)

It's not clear from your question whether what you want is really just a touchscreen with cables hanging out of it to which you would connect your own driver circuitry and software, or if you're looking for a complete kiosk solution that would allow you to drop in a customized slideshow thing and be done. If it's the former, you might be able to find something cheaper than a super-cheap crappy Android tablet, or there might be other reasons a tablet doesn't do what you want. If the latter, economies of scale are such that a tablet may well be your best bet even if you don't need to use the wifi chipset or the bluetooth or even the speaker.
posted by contraption at 9:10 PM on June 20, 2014

You need to look into digital signage products.
To be honest I don't think you're going to get good quality and cheap in the same product. Is there a reason they need to be touchscreen?

You could also use digital photo frames. Those are probably going to be the cheapest. You'd have to update the ads/slideshows manually though.
posted by eatcake at 4:10 AM on June 21, 2014

I stumbled across this company that deals with retail digital signage only, no stocks or stock prices...
posted by omar.a at 8:28 AM on June 21, 2014

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