The Mobile Morawa Shopping Avatar

Using loyalty card programs is good for businesses for a number of reasons. First of all, loyal customer spending is 46% higher. Also, businesses can increase their revenue by nearly 50% while retaining only 5% of their customer base with a loyalty card program. And last but not least, a typical business makes about 65% […]

The Traveling Mobile Shopping Avatar

We are currently developing a mobile shopping avatar in the project SOLOMON. It is a truly mobile shopping avatar: it can move from one device, medium respectively, to another. How does this work? At it’s core, the shopping avatar is a piece of Javascript software that represents your personal mobile assistant and is available in […]

Introducing LEIA – Your Shopping Avatar

Wouldn’t it be nice of you have your own personal assistant that helps you with all your shopping endeavors? An assistant that goes for you through advertising material and filters out news, coupons that are of interest for you? We are working on a personal assistant that brings these features to your mobile in the […]

The Shopping Avatar Goes Life

At the EUREKA Innovation Days in Helsinki we took the opportunity to introduce a working prototype of our Shopping Avatar, Mobile Personal Shopping Assistant, respectively, to a broader public. Our prototype shows how we envision the interaction of customers using a Mobile Shopping Assistant and a Micro Popup Store. At its core is the transfer […]

The Shopping Avatar

Broadly defined, an “avatar” is a virtual being that represents a user in a virtual environment. This encompasses not only complex beings created for use in online gaming but any visual representation of a user in an online community [1]. However, avatars are most popular in online gaming, since they represent successful feats of users […]

Will the Chatbot kill the Webshop?

If Rob LoCascio [1] is to believed we are going to see major changes in the way e-commerce is conducted in the very near future, i.e., this year. Shop websites will eventually go away and make room for conversational interfaces (bots). I find this thought intriguing and I think there are already sings that this […]

How Physical Stores become more like Online Stores

The US retail chain Nordstrom started to experiment with a small concept store that focuses on services and that doesn’t stock any inventory. It is a familiar concept that other many other businesses have used in the past: they created showrooms for their customers to try out their products. What has changed, however, is the […]

Smart Environments = Edge Computing + Bots + AI

The concept of smart environments can regarded as byproduct of pervasive computing with a strong focus on the interaction of humans and technology. Generally speaking, a smart environment is a physical world that is richly and invisibly interwoven with sensors, actuators, displays, and computational elements, embedded seamlessly in the everyday objects of our lives, and […]

Is EDGE Computing the next logical step in computing?

In the comparably brief history of modern computing (70+ years or so) we went through several transformations. Without making a claim to be complete: we saw large single server systems (mainframe client-server systems) with dumb terminals, witnessed the personal desktop computer revolution in the 1970ies and 1980ies, the rise of the Web in the 1990ies […]

The end of the checkout area in brick and mortar stores

With companies like Amazon actively pursing their version of the future brick and mortar store, one thing is certain: a dedicated checkout area will be a thing of the past. The checkout process of the (very near) future won’t require point of sale systems. People will just take the items they want to buy and […]