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Slideshow: Advances in Smart Shopping

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Elizabeth M
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Some of these can be dangerous to your wallet
Elizabeth M   10/30/2013 8:03:21 AM
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Cool slideshow, Lauren, but I admit a couple of them could be dangerous to my wallet, especially the solution that lets you customize your own bag! I would probably spend a bit more money on something (or be willing to spend the money) if I knew I could design it myself. That's really clever! The 3D printed tchotchkes also are quite cool. I imagine quite a few parents have had to shell out some cash so their kids could print them out. At least they are quite inexpensive.

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Pubudu   10/30/2013 1:35:11 PM
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Lauren, thanks for sharing the slide show.

Elizabeth, true it's cool to have a 3D printing for kids. I believe that when it comes to designing kids will beat the adults' cause that they don't have mental barriers. 

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shehan   10/30/2013 2:47:34 PM
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@Pubudu – Kids already have much freedom to innovation, they now have access to devices and information easily. I wonder what they will come up with 3D printing, their own toys. 

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Elizabeth M   10/31/2013 3:59:56 AM
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I think you're right, Pubudu. Some of the most interesting designs of these products likely will come from the minds of children. The future generation of engineers will certainly have a head start over previous ones with all the technology available to them already.

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shehan   10/30/2013 2:42:59 PM
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Another innovative way of using QR codes and smart tags. Thanks to technology shopping is already fun and hassle free. 

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shehan   10/30/2013 2:45:33 PM
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@Elizabeth – I'm sure you would spend quite a lot on customizing your own bag. Impressive to see the technological advancements but not to forget that it will have an impact on your wallet. 

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Elizabeth M   10/31/2013 4:35:27 AM
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Indeed, shehan, perhaps some of these advancements are much better appreciated from a distance. I am sure I am not the only one who can be tempted by something new and interesting without thinking how it will impact my finances.

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Debera Harward   11/20/2013 4:42:02 PM
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Thanks Lauren for such an interesting post i really liked the idea of the Robot taking you to the objects you need to purchase it makes shopping very easy and saves time as well.

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Debera Harward   11/21/2013 5:46:12 AM
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There is an upcomming technology ShopBeacon it uses transmittors and Apples iBeacon blue tooth low energy signalling standards to spot when the shopper  enters the store . It will make shopping very easy and less time consumable it automatically detects if you are a paypall user and will automatically transfer the amount . This is really a very interesting way of payment with nothing involved no hands no credit scratching it looks like magic .

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Debera Harward   11/21/2013 5:59:06 AM
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Paypall Beacon is not only used for automatic payments but BLE(bluetooth low energy ) is also use to provide different offers to customers as they move from one department to another on the basis of their previous purchases .

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Debera Harward   11/21/2013 6:04:51 AM
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With Technology like Shopbeacon we can see how much advancements are going on in the world .Many recent smartphones are already compatible of BLE ,No specifi pairing or wifi is required ,It works withoud cloud connectivity and many more .

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holograms?
NadineJ   10/30/2013 3:02:39 PM
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What about the use of holograms? Orianne Collins opened a store a few years ago in NY that used holgrams for easy shopping.  I think it closed.  2008 wasn't a good year for the luxury market.

Toyota had an impressive in-store presentation when it launched the Auris a few years ago too. 



 

It would be great to see how the technology has progresed.

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shehan   10/30/2013 10:45:34 PM
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@NadineJ- Do we really have hologram technology, I know few companies researching on it and having some sample equipment.

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taimoortariq   10/31/2013 12:54:14 AM
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Yes, Shehan alot of companies are currently working on hologram imaging. I was reading the article few days back, few companies have managed to make holovisions of small sizes and are now trying to make large sized holovisions possible.

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a.saji   10/31/2013 4:27:22 AM
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@Shehan: I think there are in the Europe but not in Asia I guess. Maybe in China but not in other Asian countries.         

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taimoortariq   10/31/2013 1:06:01 AM
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Its pretty great to see the advancement in this technology. Thanks for sharing this video. It would be great to see this technology as a regular mode of advertisment in the future.

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a.saji   10/31/2013 4:56:44 AM
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@taimoor: Yes indeed and the technology is improving in a very fast pace where we sometimes cannot remember the versions that got released in the past.            

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Pubudu   10/31/2013 5:35:36 AM
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I do agree with you a.saji, every day technology will update and the same time the previous version is out dating.  And the best thing is there will be a significant gap between the new one and the previous version. 

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Pubudu   10/31/2013 5:28:00 AM
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Yes taimoortariq,I believe that  this will be regular mode advertisements cause that now a day's people will take the technology's an advantage they will move with it. 

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NadineJ   10/31/2013 11:04:57 AM
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There are already a few places where you can see holograms in action.  Orly Airport in France uses a few to help direct traffic in the terminal.  Duane Reade, a convenience store in New York, just installed one in their Wall St. location.

The music industry loves holograms.  Hatsune Miku is the most popular vocaloid.  Her first concert in Los Angeles in 2011 sold out.  Coachella, out music festival in California, made news in 2012 when its featured star was Tupac Shakur, a rapper who died in 1996, on stage with two live rap stars.  You can click on the names to see video of the concerts.  It's very interesting.

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Customer Service?
Tool_maker   10/31/2013 4:50:54 PM
  I admit to being an out of touch dinosaur, but I really did prefer the old days of live, courteous customer service. i do not spend an inordinate amount of time shopping, but when I do, it is for something I really want. Fishing gesr for example. I want to see the item and hold it and examine it carefully. I do not want a robot to track it down from a picture.

  Furthermore, those red rubbery things that they suggest kids design and make, look like cheap carnival give aways that are played with for 5 minutes and then discarded.

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taimoortariq   11/1/2013 12:00:01 AM
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It does feel really good to go out and have some time to yourself and shop for the things you love, but in terms of convenience in the fast paced world saving time and energy is of high importance. Thats why people prefer smarter ways to shop.

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Looks a lot more like smart marketing than smart shopping
William K.   11/19/2013 10:58:29 AM
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This is an interesting development, and it is certainly an effective way of marketing to those with short attention spans, but I would not call it smart shopping because it is set up to only display what the marketers want displayed. There does not exist an uncontrolled access to all products, regardless of what the access is represented to be. 

But it is indeed a slick method of presenting an array of products to individual shoppers and reducing the cost of the sales force. So it will undoubtedly grow quite a bit. AND, just like those computerized phone mazes, some places will "get it right", while others will be a frustrating journey to nowhere. But it will be interesting to watch as each seller attempts to be "one-up" on the others.

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