Last night, I saw a new Kodak kiosk at the east gate of Metro City. It provides self-service for customers with digital cameras.
Basically, it support almost all media currently available on market. Here is he picture of the IO part of the kiosk.
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As you can see from the picture, it support blue tooth, SM, CF/MD, SD/MMC, XD, Memory Stike/MSPRO, IrDA, 3” Disk and CD. Wow! I would say, the only media that it does not suport is a USD port, that movable hard disk or laptop can output pictures into the magic yellow box.
© Jian Shuo Wang
It can print out 6” picture. It provide some basic image processing functions, like rotate, coloring, frame. It can also burn a CDR of all the files on your digital camera media (MemoryStick or CF card).
It may be very good service for backpackers to Shanghai. If they don’t bring laptops with them, and their small MemoryStike or CF card is full, they can insert the card into card area and burn a CD on it. No computer needed.
I tried to insert the MemoryStike of my Sony P8 into the window. The green light above the MemoryStike flashes and I can use the touch screen to perform all the tasks. There was a very helpful guy explaining how the machine works. He predicted that the Credit Card module will be installed very soon, so he don’t have to standby to receive cash. People can completely help themselves to print color pictures or burn picture CDs.
It is on display at the Metro City East Gate (the gate to Metro Tower) for one month. I believe it is a marketing research to test the reaction of the Chinese market. I hope this kind of machine will be popular in Shanghai soon.
BTW, a 6” photo costs 5 RMB and a CD burning operation costs 15 RMB.
P.S. I am uploading this blog entry via Sony Ericsson GC75 at home.