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I am working on a project for per-station messaging and other functions in a warehouse. I don't want the cost of a full computer at each station, so I'm looking for small format hardware that I can push messages to.

My first thought was networked LCD's ( ), but then I thought further and would like something with a browser if I can, as it can look nicer.

My thought was to have cheap Android smartphones locked in to each workstation. This would provide a touchscreen and Opera browser, as well as being network capable.

Does anyone have any other hardware suggestions that might fit the bill better? I'm mainly looking for something with a browser.

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how about a touch screen rdp based system. Also I wouldn't buy smartphones for this I'd just buy one of the cheap android tablets. Got mine for $130 from fry's its a coby! – tony roth Aug 30 '11 at 3:38
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Outside of Cisco phones which are pretty much setup for this, and not so great Android tablets I would look at the Chumby:

For more real estate, the iPod touch and iPad are the most realistic options for products that are not going to disappear over night and have a future.

edit: The far stretch is a USB monitor connected to the host computer and running additional customised software for it. However the price and complexity easily exceed getting a completely independent and more powerful device such as capacitive touch screen and third part support.

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We've started deploying iPads in our workforce for this sort of thing; it's been brilliant. Biggest issue is physical security - they are popular items for theft. – Mark Henderson Aug 30 '11 at 5:20
@Mark although not directly supported by Apple it looks like there are however many "security solutions" appearing. – Steve-o Aug 30 '11 at 5:32

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