Envelop Media, a technology startup based in West Liberty, Ky., has announced the deployment of a kiosk-display case hybrid prototype as part of the "Magna Carta and the Foundations of Freedom" exhibit at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City.
According to a news release from Envelop, the Clarifier is a glass-enclosed display case with a multimedia touch interface incorporated into the glass. It features "electric glass" technology that, when turned on, creates projection surfaces to display content and, when turned off, makes the glass clear, allowing the user to view the items inside the case. The touch interface provides information about the displayed objects and even can conduct transactions.
Scott Templeton, chief executive of Envelop, says the company believes the Clarifier may be the kiosk format of the future:
Kiosks are great technology, but the industry has always been challenged by telling consumers what they can do on a kiosk and with creating a single device for multiple users. The Clarifier draws the consumers' immediate attention with the display items and the touch interfaces accommodate multiple users and can tell a story or sell a product. This device is the future of the kiosk industry.
Envelop says it also is working with the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. and Kentucky's Morehead State University to bring the Clarifier to market.