There are basically 2 technologies to consider when evaluating whether digital menu boards are right for your application: USB flash drive system VS Cloud based system
Kiwi is a USB flash drive delivery system:
No internet / No Wifi required. (no down time caused by internet or WiFi failure). Plug the USB flash drive into a smart television to view the digital menu board image. Remove the USB flash drive from the television and plug it into a computer (Windows PC) to use our easy-to-use KiwiEZ® editing software to update prices, menu items, photos, and your own “looping slide shows”. Plug it back into the television to view the updated layout.
- Customer always purchases their own “smart” televisions. Any manufacturer, size, price.
- Kiwi is a USB flash drive delivery system. No internet, No WiFi, No media player and No monthly access fees.
- Kiwi graphic design artists custom-design each menu board layout and sends the files to the customer on a USB flash drive with KiwiEZ® editing software (1 flash drive per television layout). Customer makes their own future menu changes using the easy-to-use Kiwi editing software.
- Plug the USB flash drive into a smart television to view the digital menu board image. Remove the USB flash drive from the television and plug it into a computer (Windows PC) to use the editing software to update prices, menu items, photos. Plug it back into the television to view the updated layout.
Internet/Cloud based systems:
- Customer may typically (but not always) purchase their own “smart” televisions. Any manufacturer, size, price.
- Each television requires an internet connection.
- Each television requires additional hardware device called a “media player”. Media player typical cost is $100-$500 each plus additional $25-$100 per month “account access fee”.
- Menu design and delivery software is cloud/internet based, requires an internet account to access the internet/cloud based software which usually requires additional monthly account access fees.
- Customer creates a digital signage internet account on a web-based company’s website to design, manage and distribute the menu layouts. Customer logs into their account to access the cloud based software (often a difficult learning curve).
- You are the menu board designer. Choose a design template from a “library” of predesigned menu templates. Customize the template with your own menu items and prices. Completed layouts are sent from the internet account to a specific media player to be displayed.