Today most printers basically work the same way: a product (such as paper or consumer packaging) is put onto a belt drive and that item then passes through a print head. The print heads are almost always stationary with the ability to move only in two directions – left and right. To print an image, the product or paper has to be moved through the print head. But what if the product (in this case the person’s forearm) could be left stationary, and only the print head moved? That print head would not only have to be able to move left and right, but also up and down, and around the arm. This is one of the fundamental features and innovations of this invention.
Standard Kiosk Features: Each kiosk comes complete with the following standard features:
- LCD display screen with 19” screen
- Steel constructions, powdercoat finish
- Lock and key entry
- PC Dell Optiplex 5040 SFF – 4GB DDR3, 500 GB HDD, 10-6100 Dual Core with window 10 pro 64 bit
- Credit Card Swipe Reader
- Audio Speakers
- Artwork and painting: 3 sided metal panel with 6” sides by 10” top vinyl wrap
- Wireless 802-11 Wifi USB Adapter. Hawking HWNU1 with detachable antenna
- Mobile App QB/Barcode Phone Scanner
Printer: Our first-generation printers are designed to print images only on the forearm. There is a cradle for the customer’s arm to rest on. The cradle consists of two half circles about 8-10 inches apart, called the top and bottom cradles which are closed down on the top of the forearm. These provide a reference for the arm size, hold the arm in place, and most importantly, centers the arm inside the print ring guides so that the ink can be applied evenly to the skin surface.
Note: The print head will not actually come in contact with the skin surface. We use image sensors to monitor the skin distance in order to adjust the print heads to within approximately 5mm distance from the actual skin surface. The print head is always pointing toward the middle of the print circle in order to make sure the image is bright, clear, and beautify.
Print casing: The entire printer is housed using a clear ceramic see-through casing. It can either be two half sections that can be closed or one solid object into which the forearm is inserted.
The printing device is connected to the kiosk box via a mechanical arm. This arm is a rigid metal stiff enough to hold the print device steady while printing, but loose enough that it can be lowered or raised manually by the user in order to accommodate both adults and children. This arm houses the printer cable running from the kiosk to the print mechanism, as well as ink lines for the printer ink. The ink reservoirs are attached to the back of the kiosk for easy access and refills.
Cross section of Printer Path: The purpose of having the print heads mounted to the ring guides are to ensure that all ink drops hit the surface of the arm in an even fashion to create a sharp image resolution. By installing print head sensors that control the distance between print head and skin surface, we can control the distance between skin surface and the print head to within 5mm, which will maintain the same image quality regardless of arm thickness.