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 .
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 .
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.