Retailers Need to Reach Out and Touch More Mobile Users

 

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Fifty-one percent of shoppers are more likely to buy from retailers with mobile-specific websites.

Retailers must answer the call to make mobile shopping easier and more engaging or they risk getting disconnected from the majority of mobile device users.  While 89.7 percent of the U.S. population aged 18 to 64 have mobile phones, only 49.1 percent are using their phones to shop, according to Arc Worldwide, the marketing services arm of advertising agency Leo Burnett.

 

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Wacky-Looking Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2, Stores It as Energy

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Fending Off Air Pollution
We can’t even begin to contemplate a future where we have to wear gas masks just to fend off air pollution. Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade have no such qualms, however. As part of a two-week workshop on wearable, interactive responses to climate change, the duo created the W/Air, an oxygen-filtering breathing “necklace” that removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores it in a battery-like device, and then converts it into electricity for later use.
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Supermarket Giant To Open Customer-Free ‘Dark Stores’ In Britain

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The supermarkets, which are laid out in the same manner as normal stores, will be used exclusively by staff doing virtual shopping for online customers.  Instead of the public browsing up and down the aisles, teams of Tesco workers will push their own trolleys around as they complete more than 1,000 shopping lists every day.

 

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Ingrid Bachmann’s “Symphony For 54 Shoes”

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It isn’t that hard to imagine music coming from shoes, but there is usually a person wearing the shoes and using the shoes to make the music. Still an innovative person, Ingrid Bachmann, created the Symphony For 54 Shoes out of 27 pairs of recycled shoes.

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Multi-Touch Surface PC Table

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For it’s latest trick, Microsoft’s engineers have given the multi-touch Surface PC table a bartender’s sixth sense. If you set your drink down on top of it, the Surface will be able to detect just how full it is. At least, if it’s in a special glass.

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