Computers co-exist side by side along with books in libraries and those in search of knowledge can use one or the other or both to get the desired information. In institutions like museums, hotels, hospitals and travel agents touch screen enabled computers have given way to tablets as being more convenient to use. Tablets are compact and are no less powerful. One can store data in the tablet or connect it through wi-fi to the internet or a local computer system and visitors can use its touch screen interface to get whatever information they desire. The tablet is powerful and compact and replaces computers in all such environments where public need information or need to carry out some transactions.
Tablets are relatively smaller in size compared to computers and need a proper support system for use in such environments. If a computer were to be used it would require a heavier and larger table, even if it were a laptop. Tablets can be mounted on much smaller stands and can even be affixed to walls with a tilt-swivel stand arrangement. Such an arrangement keeps the tablet secured while allowing ease of use.
Another way is to use tablet kiosk floor stand. This is a free standing, compact and aesthetic unit. It has a base of appropriate size and material to provide stability. The pillar or column may be made of plastic, hollow aluminum tube or even wood terminating in an arrangement with tilt and swivel bracket. The brackets may have clamps to securely hold the iPad or any tablet. It may have a snap fit frame. The pillar may be of fixed length or it may a facility to adjust the height but this feature may not be quite common. Most such floor stands for iPads or tablets have a fixed height.
Where do these stands for tablets fit in? Museums come to mind. A row of such stands with tablets may be located alongside a wall. The museum may even choose to feature in the tablets more information about paintings or objects of art it displays, as an incentive to visitors to use the tablet to gain more information. Hospitals may have such free standing tablet stands containing information about various departments and sections and a floor map to help visitors and patients find relevant information.
Travel agencies can have such tablets mounted on stands so that casual visitors can find whatever information they need or even book a ticket or hotel without having to interact with a staff member. Libraries find that it enhances their services when they have tablets on stands. Tablets can replace microfiches and computers with CDS.
Restaurants benefit by using tablet kiosks as a way to disseminate information about menus and prices besides giving a visual image or a video about a specific dish. Conference organizers and events benefit by the use of tablet kiosk stand in a variety of ways. Visitors can find stalls, place an inquiry or find product information. Retail stores can use such stands not only to sell tablets by placing a demo piece on the stand but the tablet itself can be a source of information about products available and their prices as well as deals. The use for such stands is only limited by imagination.