iPad-based point of sale cash register systems already deployed in Japan

Apple Online Store“By now, we’ve learned the Japanese have found a number of creative ways to use the iPad. And today we can show you a new one: the iPad as the basis of a sophisticated, yet low-cost point of sale cash register system. Dubbed FLAVIUS, the system is actually being used by several business across Japan already,” Serkan Toto reports for CrunchGear.

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“The way it works is that the iPad is the core of a system that also includes a special-purpose counter and a Wi-Fi router,” Toto reports. “The iPad can be used as both a cash register interface and as an ordering device. FLAVIUS maker Global Network service even integrated a reporting and attendance management system into the system.”

Toto reports, “For example, it’s possible for owners to check the revenues of their stores remotely (on the web) and in real-time.”

Check out the full article with a video of the iPad-based FLAVIUS in action here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. We are getting close to widespread capability to use in retail. Just waiting for my developers to finish writing for credit card and HIPPA certification.

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  2. Yet another function that is better serviced by an iPod touch, which has been available for the last three years. And it costs less than half as much to deploy per unit, and has better portability for such simple and repetitive functions.

    Now, if the customer is using the device in a “self-service” manner, then an iPad is probably better, because the screen is larger and the iPad can be more or less stationary. If the employee is using the device to remotely “check out” the customer’s purchase, then an iPod touch is better. Who thinks so…? Apple. A custom iPod touch with bar-code scanner is now used at Apple Stores, replacing the old Windows CE device they previously used. It’s worn on a holster when not needed.

  3. Watch for the iPad and iPod touch as the user interface in a series of control units.

    Dump that clunky PC Windows box and go for something innovative made by Apple!

  4. @ken…

    What about my older customers with poor vision (I am getting there myself)? I would rather have a little larger screen with larger icons and maybe even “help notes”. Try that on an iPod touch.

    I really hope that a 7 inch iPad is soon to be. I think that is an even better size for what I envision.

    And yes, I have bugging my IT people for awhile to use the Apple ecosystem for some of their processes. I think they are finally beginning to see the light. It may be something that could be expanded to over 1,000 independent locations.

  5. @ pablorph

    I even said in my post, “Now, if the customer is using the device in a “self-service” manner, then an iPad is probably better.” How much more could I have agreed with you… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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