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The Touch&Go Messenger 65P - world’s largest all-in-one computer


January 12, 2009

January 13, 2009 Micro’s new US$15,000 touch screen Messenger 65P is designed as a retail-ready interactive consumer kiosk which can be used for self-service applications, digital signage, store maps, advertising, messaging, product information, and demonstrations. It can be hung from a ceiling or wall or even positioned on the countertop, but it's the dimensions of the bohemoth which couples Sharp’s largest commercial LCD with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor which make it stand out almost anywhere - 64.6" high by 37.6" wide by 7.4" deep. The Messenger 65P is on display at the Intel exhibit at the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show 2009 which opened this week.

“Retailers will become addicted to this vertical display,” said Michael Curran, chief executive officer of Micro Industries, the leader in interactive products. “It’s outstanding for use in any large, open retail environment – such as a mall, airport concourse, or department store – and is perfect for both display and kiosk applications.”

Manufactured in Micro’s Westerville, Ohio, plant, the new Messenger 65P comes equipped with a 1080p, ultra-bright LCD with a viewing angle of 176 degrees, a 160GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW, and Microsoft® Windows XP. It’s also available as an IR touch screen and with internal stereo speakers and TV tuner options. A protective glass panel makes the LCD practical and easy to clean. It is also equipped with Intel® vPro™ technology, which provides remote management capabilities, reduces down time and lowers the overall total cost of ownership (TCO).

This retail computer provides outstanding picture quality when displaying full HD content, thanks to low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) technology that drives the flat-panel LCD directly from the motherboard. “The clarity of our products is amazing, like looking at real life. It’s significantly better than connecting a computer to a display,” says Micro’s Michael Curran.

Micro Industries’ affiliate company, mCosm, helps maximize investments in the Messenger 65P and other Touch&Go; computers. mCosm software lets retailers create, manage, deploy, and change their own digital media, on the fly, without expensive, third-party intervention.

mCosm provides a solution that couples broadcast television, closed-circuit video, digital signage plus interactivity. It offers the most innovative, in-store Interactive Retail Marketing solution available today.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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