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Kiosk Roundtable Part I: Kiosk Suppliers See Category Playing a Major Role in 2003

In addition, we expect that these types of systems will expand the overall photo printing resources available to consumers outside the traditional mainstream photofinishing channels and into new markets like consumer electronics, (one of the outlets that consumers are purchasing digital channels), hospitality, travel destinations and anywhere people typically use their digital cameras.

What are some of the key improvements/ upgrades on your products for 2003?

Wetherbee: The Agfa e-box, our point-of-sale order station for prints, now will process the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) used by most current digital cameras. The new software enables order data to be transmitted to a central lab, thus opening up possibilities for businesses that do not have their own lab to offer "print-from-digital" services. This solution is also attractive for minilab operators with several stores.

The operator can select the solution that best suits his needs when it comes to transmitting data to the Agfa minilab: Send the order straight to the connected minilab, send an order to a central lab, or collect the e-box orders and send them to a lab via the existing lab logistics system, where the orders will be read by a d-media software module and integrated into the workflow.

The Digital Print Order Format expands the options available to digital photographers. It enables them to assign printing information to their pictures, including the number of prints, selective enlargements, image rotation and added text, such as the date or file name. Information of this kind facilitates and accelerates order taking.

The Agfa e-box software enables customers to make individual changes to the images. For example, the image can be rotated or scaled, and its contrast and brightness adjusted. Even nostalgic black-and-white or sepia effects are possible. Before the order is finally sent off, the customer is once again given a summary of the prints ordered. He or she can then check how many of which prints have been ordered, the finish and size selected and, above all, what they will cost.

Sullivan: Applied Science Fiction will introduce a new imaging kiosk offering digital solutions, capitalizing on ASF's photo restoration technologies, and providing market base/entry for the Digital PIC direct-to-digital dry film process. This DigiPIX Image Station will allow consumers to write to CD processed images from film and flatbed scanners or digital media cards.

Consumers will also be able to perform photographic film/print restoration and enhance and edit images from digital media cards with ASF's technologies (Digital ICE, Digital ROC, Digital SHO, Digital GEM, Digital ICE3, and Digital ICE for Photo Prints), and edit images affordably and quickly in a self-service environment with multiple output choices including prints, enlargements and CD output.

In addition to photo restoration technologies, the DigiPIX Image Station is "Innovation Ready," accepting upgrades such as the Digital PIC Film Input Station. Digital PIC allows for the real-time digitization of exposed but undeveloped 35mm color film directly to RGB digital format providing consistent image quality that can be used for photographic prints or multimedia and broadband/Internet distribution - without the need for plumbing.

Welch: In order for digital camera developing to gain market-wide acceptance, people need to be able to get - from their retailer - digital prints that are as simple to obtain as they have been from film. To this end, Fujifilm has added such features as a "Print All" function and the ability to mix sizes in a single order to its Aladdin and Printpix lines of imaging kiosks. These features facilitate consumers' digital camera developing experience and will help drive consumers to retail for prints.

Krasavage: 2003 will be the most significant year in Kodak's history for new and improved imaging kiosks. The new family of Kodak Picture Maker G3 (Generation 3) kiosks is a scaleable, upgradeable family of kiosk solutions that range from an on-the-counter digital camera print ordering capability to a fully configured, self-contained print-from-print and digital camera printing kiosk. The new Kodak Picture Maker G3 Family consists of the Kodak Picture Maker Order Station, Kodak Picture Maker Digital Station, Kodak Picture Maker Print Station.

Key new features include: New, fast 4 x 6 thermal printer, A new level of consumer ease of use and simplicity, Connectivity to on-site lab equipment for high speed, lower cost printing on silver halide paper and Fully integrated transaction handling (e.g. Credit card payment) and receipt printing.

Giordano: Lucidiom will offer a family of APM products including the desktop, countertop and stand-alone models to meet the needs of photo labs, retail stores and non photo-centric locations such as hotels, airports, malls. They will range in price starting from $4,500 and will all include the following software features: a APM Network, Data Mining, Multiple Printing Options Multiple Payment Options and a Multilingual interface.

Leo: The Olympus kiosk will continue to improve the user experience by making the software application more intuitive, easier to use, and quick to print. Customers should have a fun experience before walking away with their prints. For the retailer, the kiosk will be low maintenance and better equipped with back office tools that further enhance their kiosk management.

Briggs: In 2003, we are introducing a number of new products as well as new features to existing products. For example, we are introducing an additional version of our very successful iStation kiosk. Using both consumer and retailer input we have designed a newer, simpler level of software that minimizes the number of screens and steps it takes to obtain high quality prints quickly and inexpensively. For the more expert user, it will also provide many of the popular image editing options including a "one touch" red-eye removal feature.