Jan. 14, 2013
Students at Philadelphia's Drexel University now have free access to MacBooks at a library vending kiosk, according philly.com.
Texas-based LaptopsAnytime provided the kiosk to the university, which is one of only two schools on the East Coast to house one of the machines, said company president Matthew Buscher. The kiosk features a touchscreen display and student identification card swipe reader located above the 12 slots for computers on the front panel. Students may use the MacBooks for up to five hours and then return them to the kiosk. Personal data is wiped away before the laptop is checked out by another student, the article reported.
The kiosks cost $12,000 to $30,000, depending on size, Buscher said in the article. Westminster College in Utah was the first school to install the machine 18 months ago, he said, and Columbia University has signed on to put one in its library.
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