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hi i was wondering if anyone knows if you can build a touch screen till. i have been looking for some second hand touch screen till but they are still expensive. i was wondering any one knows if you… Read More
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
hi i was wondering if anyone knows if you can build a touch screen till.
i have been looking for some second hand touch screen till but they are still expensive. i was wondering any one knows if you can build one on a budget because it is essentially a touch screen and a pc.
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
From my experience they tend to be touch screen pc, but the screens are heavy duty.
#2
i got a touch screen panel from ebay for about £40 and fitted it under the frame of my monitor. It works exactly the same. Mines connected to a pc for jukebox purposes, not sure if there is any software out there to turn a basic pc into a til though.
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if in doubt... clicky
#4
s2rocks247
if in doubt... clicky

That never grows old for me :D
#5
From personal experience, the best and easiest I've ever used while working in retail was from Zonal (zonal.co.uk). The screens are quite large, with a decent sized screen (at least 12 inches) with colour-coded buttons. Everything you can do with it, is customisable to the fullest extent and changing prices, colour tabs, etc... takes seconds. Nothing can be changed without an admin password or code too.

I did a bit of digging and it seems this is what I've used.

http://www.zonal.co.uk/products/epos_hardware/z500_terminals/
http://www.zonal.co.uk/products/site_control/epos_frontofhouse/

I'd personally avoid the headache and expense of building one myself, configuring it and getting it to work as it should and look into one of these.
banned#6
gotta be easier and surely makes more sense to buy one? get a brand new one with warrenty incase your diy skills are oap skills ;)
#7
thank for the info, but it is too expensive to buy brand new let alone second hand as i am looking for two till which would be way over £1000. i am opening a restaurant on a shoe string budget.
I have a decent knowledge about pc so i thought i would be able to make them for about £500.
banned#8
p_kam2010
thank for the info, but it is too expensive to buy brand new let alone second hand as i am looking for two till which would be way over £1000. i am opening a restaurant on a shoe string budget.
I have a decent knowledge about pc so i thought i would be able to make them for about £500.


So if you dont do one right, or you mess one up, its going to cost another 500 to make another? Which makes £1000 :) Hate seeing people waste money, you know it makes sense
#9
Quick look for touch screen till on e-bay item bnumber 140481916924 at £200 so much cheaper than making one for 500 quid . :{

Edited By: trog0 on Nov 23, 2010 20:38
#10
p_kam2010
thank for the info, but it is too expensive to buy brand new let alone second hand as i am looking for two till which would be way over £1000. i am opening a restaurant on a shoe string budget.
I have a decent knowledge about pc so i thought i would be able to make them for about £500.


You have to spend money to make money you know.

You surely can't be that serious about operating a business if you're looking to 'build your own till'. I'm actually picturing you behind a counter with cardboard tubes and a calculator stuck together.

Spend the money, get covered by a warranty and start making the money back from sales made.
#11
all a touch screen till is:
1x pc with a serial port
1x touch screen
1x automatic drawer (for the cash)

conect the pc up to the monitor, connect the pc to the auto matic drawer by serial port
load up one of the many open source epoc applications and customise
i had a quick look the other day and its doable with about £350, with the touch screen monitor being the most expensive
#12
this what i was thinking, i know you can buy a touchscreen monitor which i just brought of ebay for £100 each, a small desktop pc for about the same, and cash till are about £50. but was just was not sure if you could put it together.

StevenBrown
all a touch screen till is:
1x pc with a serial port
1x touch screen
1x automatic drawer (for the cash)

conect the pc up to the monitor, connect the pc to the auto matic drawer by serial port
load up one of the many open source epoc applications and customise
i had a quick look the other day and its doable with about £350, with the touch screen monitor being the most expensive
#13
as far as i can tell you just set it up like a pc and load some software on it and customise to your hearts content

Edited By: StevenBrown on Nov 25, 2010 15:36
#14
Use Kinect and a rubbish pc/monitor and operate it like Minortiy Report
#15
lol that i would love to see in a shop


Edited By: StevenBrown on Nov 25, 2010 17:17: .
#16
one day it will be like that but i cant do something like that on a £500 budget
#17
p_kam2010
one day it will be like that but i cant do something like that on a £500 budget


Under £500 easy!
#18
I have a similar problem. BOth my touchscreens on the epos are damaged so I need to cobble something together out of spares. I was quoted a FORTUNE for two of the touchscreens. Apparently they are hard to find....and then someone told me I could plug in a similar one through the serial port.

This thread has given me the confidence to try it. One question....Is there any reason why you can't connect a touchscreen via USB?

Mol
#19
did you get instructions with your epos?
some have a vga monitor port, if not it should tell you if you can connect one via serial

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