>> Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Here's something interesting. Raleigh Interactive has prototyped several low-cost CD-i kiosk systems in 1995/1996, a time when CD-i was already dropped by most companies. These kiosks were used by Raleigh to promote their own products by means of their own developed CD-i disc in the UK. It was brought to my attention thanks to the Flickr photo-album of 'Dreamtargets'. "Raleigh bikes print and multimedia creative from the late 1990s. Raleigh's low-cost TV and CDi-based interactive point-of-sale units developed by CHC Multimedia, Nottingham, were first rolled out to UK dealers in 1995. At the time, CD mastering and digital video encoding was such a arduous task, that it was necessary to enlist the expertise of a specialist programmer at a facility near Cambridge to have the disks mastered. I preferred the wall mounted prototype for the CDi-based Raleigh Interactive point-of-sale system, but it was the mobile floor standing model that proved most popular and was eventually made available to UK retailers. Both models were used here at Raleigh's annual product launch in Harrogate in 1996."
I've only seen the official Philips CD-i kiosks to promote all commercial CD-i titles, but I've never seen these point-of-sale kiosks specifically made by companies accompanying their products. I think Raleigh Interactive did a great job designing these low-cost innovative selling systems, but in the end I don't think it was all a great success :( I'd like that wall model in my home, though ;) The product was developed for their own CD-i called "The 1996 Range" and you can find a lot of pictures from that disc, along with some promotional material of CD-i used by Raleigh, in the link posted above.
Thanks to: Dreamtargets