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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014, Posted On: 3/24/2014

Digital Centre Introduces Panther Photobooth And New Picture Services At Amusement Expo

Tim Sanford
TAGS: photobooth, amusement machine, vending, Josep Tarres, photo booth, Digital Centre, Amusement Expo, New Generation photobooth, Panther photo booth, Digital Centre Chassis v.3.0,, Blinking Photobooth, photo booth advertising platform, SmartPrint

Josep Tarres, photo booth, Digital Centre LAS VEGAS -- Digital Centre is planning to take the wraps off its latest photobooth, the Panther, at the 2014 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas this week. Also on display at the show will be the company's other New Generation photobooths, all running software designed to integrate the photobooth experience into today's online sharing lifestyle.

Panther's imaging and networking technologies are built into Digital Centre's new Chassis v.3.0, specifically designed for the coin machine industry's need for low maintenance and incremental sales. It incorporates the manufacturer's new Blinking Photobooth attract mode, which causes the machine to "blink" at passersby. According to the company, the interactive blink acts as an "emotional magnet," drawing people to the booth and eliciting a desire to use it.

Panther also features Digital Centre's SmartPrint feature, which was developed in response to a strange contemporary phenomenon: People are taking more and more pictures with smartphones and tablets--– "however, no one prints them," the company pointed out. Panther allows patrons to make prints from images stored on their mobile devices, as well as the images they make with the photobooth, producing as many copies as they wish and creating revenue for operators.

And Panther is equipped with Digital Centre's advertising platform, which permits the photobooth to double as an eye-catching promotional medium. Displaying ads in high-traffic sites can provide operators a secondary revenue stream, the manufacturer pointed out.

Both SmartPrint and the Advertising Platform are available on other Digital Centre photobooths, too. These include the Mega Combo model, which is said to turn out "the biggest strip in the world." The 6" x 16" strip produced by the Mega Combo carries four 4" x 6" images; the customer can specify color or monochrome prints. Other formats and image modification and enhancement options are available, too.

The Mega Combo features a highly visible 22" vertical touchscreen interface and can accommodate from one to six people. Options include a vertical array of four screens that simulate the four-image strip print, advertising the machine's capabilities.

Josep Tarres, photo booth, Digital Centre
PHOTO: Digital Centre is an international leader in photobooth design and manufacturer, producing an extensive variety of equipment for a variety of markets and applications. Here, DC chief Josep Tarres shows off new photobooth advertising and coupon services.

SmartPrint and advertising functions can run on the novel Digital Centre Strip, a small-footprint device that is easy to fit and to move around for special events. Styled with four video displays arranged vertically (just like a strip print), the Strip does not require an enclosure. The camera lens is mounted underneath the topmost screen. The upper two displays are mounted in a hinged module that swings up for use and brings the total height of the machine to a highly visible 80". When folded down, this arrangement protects the displays and the camera lens, and gives the operator a compact, portable package standing only 48" high. The Strip measures 27" deep x 22" wide.

These models and more will be on display in the Digital Centre exhibit in booth No. 605 at Amusement Expo.

Digital Centre has offices in Spain and Florida.

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