Kiosk Differences


The purpose of this page is to list the major differences between a Talking Book Device and a Talking Book Kiosk.


We need to come up with good terminology to distinguish the personal device from the electronic component found in a kiosk, which also includes a physical structure and battery charging, etc.

Differences between Kiosks and Personal Devices

LCD display

  • Kiosks have an (optional?) LCD display to help navigate content
  • However, a blind person should still be able to use the kiosk to upload, find, and download content.

Content Storage

  • Kiosks are digital audio libraries and should therefore have something like 100x - 1000x the storage capacity of the typical device

Keyboard Input

  • Should kiosks allow adding text content and/or metadata to uploaded audio content?

Kiosk-Kiosk Communication

  • Kiosks are able to use cell phones, radio transmission, or some other technology to spread content
  • Probably for a later version, but could a kiosk access content from another kiosk on demand, as is done in distributed storage systems?

SD Card Access

  • Kiosks are designed to have access to several or more SD cards at once:
    • one slot for bulk importing new content and also for exporting content to go to other kiosks by foot/vehicle transport of SD card
    • maybe one slot for backups (probably can't do RAID storage with an affordable level of hardware and software)
    • maybe multiple operating SD cards to allow libraries of content greater than the largest SD card on the market

SD Card Configuration

  • A kiosk should be able to replace the System Audio Files on any personal device with another set (e.g. to change languages).

Content Organization

  • Although both devices can organize content in lists that don't require a visual display (e.g. most recently added), the personal device and kiosk will have different lists, for example:
    • The kiosk won't have personal tags, but should they have kiosk-operator tags?
    • Should both the personal device and kiosk have "Most Frequently Listened to" and "Most Recently Added" lists? But Kiosk should have "Most Recently Listened to", as a personal device might.

Data Gathering

  • A kiosk should be able to peak at what content is on a personal device when it is attached to upload or download content, including any interesting dynamic metadata, such as when it was added and maybe how many times it has been listened to. This allows a kiosk to learn about popular content that is being distributed from device to device, and not just its own data on what has been uploaded and downloaded at that kiosk.
  • A personal device should not be able to peak at anything on another personal device. It can only accept and offer selected pieces of content.

Batch Jobs

  • A kiosk should be able to easily upload or download multiple content modules, one after another, without user action in between.
  • A kiosk should be able to transfer the same single or set of content module(s) to many devices, either simultaneously or one after another, without user action in between.