A few years ago LAVA was approached by a customer to develop a solution for utilizing an Android tablet as a low-cost controller along with several USB peripherals. Since then a number of LAVA products have been developed which rely on a feature found in certain Samsung tablets. While assisting a number of customers with their integration issues we’ve seen a reoccurring set of issues that keep coming up. Overall these issues can be grouped into one of two categories: Physical Issues; and Commercialization Issues.
Why does LAVA only support Samsung Tablets?
A few years ago LAVA was approached by a customer to develop a solution for utilizing an Android tablet as a low-cost controller, in conjunction with several USB peripherals. The project required that the tablet operates in USB Host mode with 24/7 functionality. This early product was the starting point for what would eventually become the LAVA STS-** family of devices.
There were several reasons for limiting the project only to Samsung tablets:
Continue reading “Using a Samsung Tablet for an enclosure – Part 2 of 3”
A few years back LAVA looked into the possibility of using an Android tablet as a low-cost control panel for a Thermostat control system with a series of network sensors. These discussions began after we were approached by a customer to develop a solution for a tablet-based loyalty system and as fate would have it, similar opportunities would present themselves a few months later.
OK, remember how the last part ended? NO! well, something like this:
So where does RBM come in? To explain that one we need to delve into some history and “blow our own horn”.
And we continue:
Here goes (the horn blowing part): In 2014 Lava was the “proud winner” of a contract to supply Canadian Tire with their “Customer Facing in Isle Devices – CFID’s” . Well, let’s just call a spade a spade and a Kiosk a Kiosk – which is what a CFID really is. The first roll out of 880 units had an even more limited usage – It was intended as a internet browser based look up tool for Wiper Blades; yes the type that clear the windshield of a car. Basically – a CFID was/is a Samsung Tablet (Tab4), inside an enclosure, connected to a Lava STS board (BTW if you don’t know what an STS board is then …. Well visit our web site). The Lava electronics allowed the tablet to be connected to wired Ethernet (PoE I might add) and be powered continuously for 24/7 maintenance free operation (there are more features but……).
Everything worked as per plan for; well about 10 months….
Then S….. hit the fan – Plop – what a mess