Amazing Technologies Charm NRF Venue; Try Them Out Here [Video]

January 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Annual National Retail Federation Convention and Expo in New York had some pretty amazing technologies on show, ranging from self check-out machines to mobile payment. Have a look at the coolest of them and tell us which one you want to be up and functioning right now.

The first technology is thankful that the Kinect came to Windows.  Trying out a whole outfit and accessories are getting easier with FaceCake’s Swivel, a virtual dressing room that does its job by using a Microsoft Kinect camera. The Swivel will be introduced in some stores in the third quarter. FaceCake is also working a home model of the same.

Next up is a touch screen vending machine that Intel and Kraft Foods have come up with. The machine can detect the age and gender of the user. It’s currently being used to promote a new line of Jell-O pudding to adults. The vending machine can play games as well, apart from being a vending machine displaying nutritional facts before you buy.

Planar’s built in transparent LCD screen in a drink fridge can turn a boring Gatorade cooler into an eye-catching animated marketing tool.

Then there is Wincor Nixdorf’s 360-degree product scanner, which detects the product no matter how it’s placed on the conveyor belt, is all set to make checkouts faster and easier. But humans are still required for scanning those non-packaged goods, like fruits and veggies. The 360 Scan Portal will hit the US supermarkets in April.

So there you have it, the NRF show with innovation in the forms of better software to track customer data, new mobile commerce solutions, and shiny new cash registers. Well, it was a safe, practical focus on customer experience.

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