Thursday, 6 September 2012
The news "Exclusive: Walmart tests iPhone app checkout feature" reminded my demo app for one of the big DIY UK retailer
See the full details here.
This definitely reminded me of the app I did as part of a new checkout scenarios demo for one of big DIY UK retailer.
The new checkout scenario for the retailer included two step process.
- An android app on customer smartphone - by using which customer will scan items as they shop and when they are finally done with the shopping they will just press the finish button on app. This will generate a transaction barcode on the smartphone screen.
- Self checkout paytower terminal - when customer is done with the shopping he will come to the paytower and scan the barcode. This will bring up the transaction and customer will pay for either by card, cash or any other methods on paytower.
Though this sounds like a good checkout solution for retailer in terms of customer queue at checkout, staff cost, customer service etc... but question is are all customers tech savy? even for the tech savy customers would they not struggle with the current barcode scanning technology of smartphones i.e. using camera images which is slow to decode the barcodes? and what about the petty issues like smartphone running out of battery, losing network connectivity, handling products with phone in one hand, putting items into the trolley etc... I think only time will tell.
Images of app to follow.
Monday, 7 February 2011
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Its getting richer and richer in terms of features, performance and style. Its keeping ahead of the race all the time. Yes I am talking about iPhone 4 which is finally out and available from 24th Jun 2010.
Apple started with 2G in 2007, pumped more and more features and finally arrived at iPhone 4 after 3G and 3GS.
Here are the top 8 features in the new iPhone 4.
#2: "Retina Display". Dramatically increase pixel density...4x in same amount of space. "Really really sharp text".
#3: Apple A4 chip inside. Designed by Apple's own team, "wonderful to have in an iPhone." Chip is incredibly Small.
#4: Gyroscope. 3-axis for pitch/roll/yaw. Add accelerometer and have 6-axis motion sensing. New CoreMotion APIs.Perfect for gaming.
#5: New camera system. More concerned with better pictures than megapixel stats. 5-mp rear camera with backside illuminated sensor.
#6: iPhone OS 4. Renaming it "iOS 4". Over 1500 new APIs, 100 new user features. Showing off multi-tasking.
#7: iBooks. We are bringing it to the Iphone/ipod with the iPhone 4.
#8: iAds. Why are we doing iAds? For one simple reason: to help our devs earn money so they can continue to create free and low-cost apps for users." As you know, we're trying to combine the emotion of video with the interactivity of the web. ... iAds keep you in your app."