Another "mobile POS" device which lets you use your tablet computer to handle customer purchases has been announced, this time from HP.
While it's not a complete POS system, HP's new ElitePad Mobile Point of Sale Solution is designed to help retail staff get out from behind the cash register.
Essentially, this is a hardware bundle designed for use in a POS system. It includes HP's ElitePad tablet computer along with a special case - the HP Retail Jacket for ElitePad.
The Jacket provides a handstrap to reduce the risk of dropping the tablet, a barcode scanner and an optional auxiliary battery (which hints that the ElitePad may be lacking in that respect).
It also includes a magnetic stripe reader, but there is no mention of 'chip and pin' or contactless (PayPass/PayWave) functionality, which suggests the design is already behind the times in an Australian context.
No special software seems to be included, but HP says it "integrates into a retailer's existing IT infrastructure" which presumably means it will also work with systems such as Vend or Kounta.
You can see photos of the HP ElitePad here. We've seen a photo of the Elitepad Mobile POS system, but not one that clearly shows the key POS features, such as the barcode scanner and handstrap. We'll upload them if we come by any.